Yemen: ‘ Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed by US Drone Strike ‘

#AceNewsReport – YEMEN:June.10: Three suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in an apparent US drone strike in Yemen’s jihadist-held southeastern port city of Mukalla, AFP reported.

The drone fired four missiles on three Al-Qaeda militants near the port of Mukalla, late on Tuesday, an official said.

The strike killed a “leading figure” within Al-Qaeda, according to the official.

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INDIA: ‘ Maoist Rebels Killed in Gun-Battle with Security Forces ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:June.09: Twelve Maoist rebels were killed in a gun battle with security forces in a remote forest in eastern India, police said Tuesday.

The fighting broke out when policemen tried to intercept a group of suspected guerrillas late Monday in eastern Jharkand state, a rebel stronghold, AFP reported.

The Maoist insurgency began in the 1960s and has cost thousands of lives, as rebels say they are fighting against the authorities for land and other rights for poor tribal groups.

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WARZIRISTAN: ‘ Suicide Attack Kills Seven Soldiers on Afghan/Pakistan Border ‘

#AceNewsReport – WAZIRISTAN:June.08: A suicide attack has killed seven Pakistani soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistan’s military said Monday.

 The incident happened in North Waziristan on Sunday night, where the military has been fighting militants since June last year. “When being chased and cordoned, a terrorist exploded his suicide jacket,” the military said in a statement.

The blast triggered a gun battle between militants and troops in which 19 insurgents were killed, AFP reported.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ US Drone Attack Kills Suspected Taliban Militants ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.06: A number of suspected Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders on Afghanistan, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US drones fired two missiles targeting a house which was said to be used as a hideout by the Taliban, the Pakistani Dawn newspaper reported citing unnamed sources.

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‘ Benjamin Netanyahu to CNN Israel Will Take ” Whatever Action is Necessary ” to Halt Hamas Cross-Border Rocket Attacks From Gaza ‘

#AceWorldNewsISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 20 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will take“whatever action is necessary” to halt Hamas cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza and restore calm but insisted his forces were doing their utmost to avoid civilian casualties there.

“We try to target military targets and unfortunately there are civilian casualties which we regret and we don’t seek,” Netanyahu told CNN shortly after an Israeli attack on a Gaza neighbourhood killed at least 87 Palestinians.

He accused Hamas of deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and of using Gaza residents as “human shields.” Asked how long it would take Israel to complete an operation it says is intended to destroy Hamas weapons tunnels, Netanyahu said it was being done “fairly quickly,” but gave no time frame.

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` Nigeria Rejects Conditions Set-Out by Boko Haram Leader ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 12 – Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. Shekau said in a new video that the girls held hostage by the Islamists may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners.

Interior Minister Abba Moro told AFP the government would reject the swap. 

“The issue in question is not about Boko Haram… giving conditions,” he said.

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AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 12 – Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigeria‘s Islamist Boko Haram militant group, said in a video seen by AFP on Monday that he would release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters in exchange for prisoners.

About 100 girls wearing full veils were reportedly shown on a 17-minute video praying in an undisclosed location.

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#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 12 – Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. Shekau said in a new video that the girls held hostage by the Islamists may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners. May 12 – 17.20 GMT 

Interior Minister Abba Moro told AFP the government would reject the swap.

“The issue in question is not about Boko Haram… giving conditions,” he said. 

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` Tribute to the `Agence France Presse ' Journalist ` Sardar Ahmad ' who died in hotel in Kabul '

#AceWorldNews – 21 March – “This is an immensely painful and enormous loss for Agence France-Presse, “ said AFP chairman Emmanuel Hoog. “ Sardar Ahmad was a dedicated and courageous journalist, a cornerstone of our team in Afghanistan who delivered, every day, exceptional coverage of the news in extremely difficult conditions. “

The attack by Taliban gunmen on a restaurant in the hotel left at least nine dead. It came two weeks before the presidential election and marked a fresh deterioration in the security situation in the Afghan capital.

The body of Sardar, his wife and two children were identified at the hospital by an AFP photographer.

“It is by relying on journalists like Sardar that the international media is able to cover the Afghan tragedy,” said AFP’s global news director Philippe Massonnet. “The entire agency and its worldwide network are in mourning today. “

Aged 40, Sardar Ahmad was hired by AFP in 2003 to cover the daily briefings by the US-led coalition at Bagram airbase, and became a permanent correspondent covering all aspects of Afghan life.

He was a specialist in security issues with strong contacts on both the government and Taliban sides, which gave him a deep understanding of the complex conflict which was wracking his country.

But he wrote about all aspects of Afghan society– his last feature, filed on Tuesday, was about a lion that was rescued from a rooftop in Kabul.

AFP has maintained a strong presence in Kabul during the decades of conflict that have plagued Afghanistan.

Courtesy of AFP – http://www.afp.com/sites/default/files/cp_sardar_ahmad_eng_21032014.pdf

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“Iraq Speaker `Escapes Militants’ Attack in Mosul”

#AceWorldNews says `Iraq speaker escapes militants’ attack in Mosul ‘

Iraq’s parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi, narrowly escaped an attack in his home-town on Monday, AFP reported.

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Iraqi Army on a patrol in Mosul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A convoy carrying the speaker, Iraq’s most senior Sunni Arab politician, was hit by a roadside bomb in the main northern city of Mosul, according to his office. Nujaifi escaped unharmed, but one of bodyguards was wounded, sources say. Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province, where Nujaifi’s brother Atheel is governor, is one of Iraq’s most violent areas.

 

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#Burundi : ` Worst Flooding and Landslides in living Memory Claim Lives’

#AceWorldNews says at least 51 people Perished in Flooding and Landslides in Burundi Capital on Monday’

Burundi FloodsA night of torrential rain in the Burundi capital killed at least 51 people, swept away hundreds of homes and cut off roads and power, officials said Monday.

The toll was the highest in living memory from a disaster caused by freak weather, with more than 100 people also injured, AFP reported. “The rain that fell in torrents overnight on the capital caused a disaster,” Security Minister Gabriel Nizigama said.

Several hundred homes were destroyed and more than 100 people injured in Bujumbura, on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

 

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“Yemeni Intelligence Colonel Dies in Bomb Blast Nr Oil Ministry”

#AceWorldNews reports that a “Yemeni Intelligence Colonel Has Died in Bomb Blast, near Countries `Oil Ministry’ an `Security Official told the AFP

Ace News Desk A Yemeni intelligence colonel was killed when a bomb exploded near the country’s oil ministry, security officials and witnesses said.

The explosive device was reportedly planted under the driver’s seat in the vehicle of Colonel Mohammad Fadhel Hussein, a security official told AFP.

At least three others were wounded in the attack.

The central government in Yemen has struggled to establish security since long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down in 2011.

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, is closely watched by Western and Gulf security experts due to its proximity to Saudi Arabia.

 

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"Tunisian Police Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection with the Murder of Mohammed Brahmi"

#AceBreakingNews says a suspect in last July’s murder of Tunisian opposition politician, Mohamed Brahmi, was arrested near the capital Tunis following a reported gun battle with police overnight on Saturday, the interior ministry’s spokesman said.

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpgSecurity forces “surrounded a house where a terrorist group had holed up. Following a sustained exchange of fire, four elements were arrested,” interior ministry spokesman, Mohamed Ali Aroui, told Agence France-Presse.

“Among them is Hmed el-Melki, alias ‘Somali,’ one of the elements implicated in the assassination of the martyr, Mohamed Brahmi,” he added. “The interior ministry stresses that it was a successful operation,” said the spokesman. Authorities blamed Brahmi’s murder, as well as that of Chokri Belaid, another opposition politician, who was killed in February, on the Ansar Al-Sharia, a jihadist outfit.

The group, however, never claimed responsibility for the attacks.

 

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World Metreological Organisation `WMO’ says `2013 Was the Sixth Warmest Year Since 1850″ .

#AceNewsServices says `2013 was the sixth warmest year since 1850, tied with 2007, confirming? Inexorable warming of the planet, according to statistics from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

wmo_StatementAs the AFP has reported the average surface temperature of land and oceans exceeded 0.50 ° C calculated on the normal period 1961-1990 and 0.03 ° C above the average for the last decade (2001-2010), says the WMO, a United Nations agency based in Geneva . “The average temperature in 2013 confirms the warming trend over the long-term,” said the Secretary-General of WMO Michel Jarraud. “It is an undeniable reality even if the rate of warming is not uniform.

Given the records concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions that are measured in the atmosphere, increasing temperatures will continue over several generations, “said meteorologist. “Our action or inaction to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases greenhouse will shape the state of our planet for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, “warned Mr. Jarraud yet. ‘s surface temperature is a well-known and measured meteorological variable notes WMO but it is only one aspect of the changes under-way for more than 90% of the additional heat caused by humans is absorbed by the oceans.

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#AceNewsDesk : ” Headlines – 31 January 2014 – 11.00 GMT”

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Israeli soldiers shoot 10 Palestinians at West Bank demo – reports

Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded 10 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday, Palestinian medics and security sources said. The Palestinians were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp when hundreds protested over the killing of a teenager, AFP reported. The wounded were hospitalized in Ramallah, one with serious injuries. Many of protesters hurled rocks at the soldiers. The Israeli Army said Mohammed Mubarak, 19, who was working on a project funded by USAID, was shot dead on Wednesday near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after having opened fire at them.

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More than 800,000 Malians starving – humanitarian groups

More than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food while another 3 million risk going without meals, 11 humanitarian groups warned Friday. “The number of vulnerable people facing a new food crisis is likely to double if the needs identified are not met quickly,” said Franck Vannetelle, director of Action Against Hunger in Mali. An Islamist insurgency and the after-effects of a food crisis in 2012, combined with poor recent harvests have limited access to basic supplies for the most vulnerable, AFP said.

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Al-Qaeda militants kill 15 soldiers in Yemen – reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen and killed 15 soldiers Friday, a security source told AFP.“Unknown armed men suspected to be from Al-Qaeda attacked an army checkpoint in Shibam, killing 15 soldiers and wounding several others,” the official said. Casualties among the attackers were also reported.

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Cameron praises Hollande’s new economic policies

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday praised President Francois Hollande’s moves to boost the struggling French economy. The two met at Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain. The plans Hollande recently announced to cut taxes on business, reduce employment costs and remove unnecessary regulation are “the right way to boost investment and create jobs,” AFP quoted Cameron as saying after the summit.

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Nearly 1,900 killed in Syria since talks in Switzerland began – Observatory

Nearly 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since peace talks opened in Switzerland on January 22, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said on Friday that at least 498 civilians were among those killed in the fighting. The group said 646 mainstream or Islamist rebels had been killed in fighting with government forces or the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Geneva 2 talks between the government and opposition delegations are due to wrap up later Friday after a first round produced no visible signs of progress.

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Maine court says school violated rights of transgender student

School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom, AP reported, citing Maine’s highest court’s ruling. The family of student Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff, not student, restroom. The court said the Orono school district‘s actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lower court’s ruling that the district acted within its discretion was overturned.

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Child soldiers among 53 rebels killed by Philippines troops

Three child soldiers recruited by hard-line Muslim rebels were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with the Philippines Army, the military said on Friday. The offensive against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group in the southern island of Mindanao had resulted in the deaths of 52 rebels, including the children, and one soldier, AFP quoted regional spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso as saying. “They are employing child soldiers with guns and camouflage uniforms. When we encounter them, we cannot discriminate if they are children or not,” he said.

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June deadline to destroy Syrian chem weapons realistic – Russian diplomat

The June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal remains “completely realistic” despite delays, Interfax quoted Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry‘s security and disarmament department, as saying on Friday. He blamed delays on security issues on the road to the port of Latakia and said there had been “insufficient” technical support from the international community.

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Iran nuclear talks with 6 powers set for Feb. 18 in New York – Moscow

Talks between Iran and six world powers on a deal for Tehran to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions will be held in New York on February 18, Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, said Friday. “The next meeting at the level of ‘political directors’ will take place Feb. 18 in New York,” Interfax quoted the diplomat as saying.

 

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#AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Headlines – 31 January 2014″

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Up to 17,000 smuggled into US annually to work in sex trade or as forced labor – report

Some 14,000 to 17,000 people are smuggled illegally into the US every year to work in the sex trade or in factories, farms and bars as forced labour, according to the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. The group is calling for greater government controls on the recruiters who lure vulnerable people to the US, AFP reported. The House of Representatives is preparing to consider legislation seeking to require foreign hirers to be registered with the Labor Department. Foreign labor contractors will also have to provide the names of the employers and recruiters and a signed contract.

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3 wounded in northern Lebanon by rocket fire from Syria

Three people were wounded in the northern Lebanese border town of Mashta Hammoud by rocket fire from Syria on Friday, according to security sources. At least four rockets launched from across the border struck the outskirts of Mashta Hammoud in the northern province of Akkar at 6am, the Daily Star newspaper reported. The spillover from Syria’s war has raised tensions in Lebanon.

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Afghan policeman killed as Taliban attack 3 checkpoints

The Taliban have attacked three police checkpoints overnight in the southern province of Helmand, killing one officer, AP reported. At least 13 insurgent fighters were killed in the gun battles that followed the checkpoint attacks, police chief of Marjah district, Zamaria Zarak, said on Friday.

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US cancels funds for Afghan opinion polls as election nears

The US has cancelled funding for opinion polls in the run-up to Afghanistan’s presidential election, Reuters reported. In December, initial poll triggered accusations of US attempts to manipulate the outcome. The US-funded group Democracy International said it and other similar organizations had planned to carry out opinion polls as Afghanistan prepares for the April 5 election. Some electoral authorities and candidates’ camps “suggested that there was… a perception that the polling results were somehow biased,” a US embassy spokesman in Kabul said. In order to avoid any “baseless perception” of US interference, a decision was taken to forgo additional US-funded polling.

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​Over a third of world’s school-age children cannot read – UN report

At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary-school-age children cannot read, write or perform basic mathematics, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. The report found about 130 million in primary school have not reached basic learning levels, and around 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom, including 57 million children who do not attend school at all. The cost of a lack of learning for 250 million children around the world costs governments around US$129 billion per year. The report was conducted by an independent research team for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 

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#Bahrain : ” Court Shutters `Shiite Muslim Cleric’s Council’ and `Functioning Outside’ the Law”

#AceWorldNews `Bahrain Closes Shiite Clerics’ Council’

Ace News Desk A Bahraini court on Wednesday shuttered a Shiite Muslim clerics’ council. Authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom earlier accused it of politicization and illegal operations. The court ordered the closure of the Olamaa Islamic Council and the liquidation of its assets following a lawsuit by the ministry of justice, Islamic affairs and endowment, AFP reported, citing a judicial source.

In September, the ministry said that the office had been “functioning outside the law.” The verdict came as authorities crack down on opposition action by Shiites. They make up the majority of the population.

 

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#India : ” Time for `Coca Cola’ to `Close’ and to `Stop’ Extracting More than their `Fair Share’ of Groundwater”

#AceNewsServices says `Indian Officials’ push to demolish ‘illegal’ Coca-Cola bottling plant

Coca ColaOfficials in a province in northern India have promised to destroy a Coca-Cola bottling plant that has for years infuriated citizens in the area who claim the facility extracts more than its fair share of groundwater.

Coca-Cola sales are thriving in India, in part because of the country’s rapidly growing middle class. But the company is unpopular with residents in the state of Uttar Pradesh, who say a bottling plant was built on village council land and is therefore “illegal.” The local revenue administration thus ordered the demolition of Mehdiganj plant in Varanasi last month, according to Agence France-Presse.

Manoj Rai, the subordinate revenue administrative officer, said Friday that he expects to “implement the demolition orders in a couple of days. There is no question of not following the order.”

The Vansari plant is one of 58 Coke plants throughout India. However, its apparent propensity to extract too much groundwater and pollute soil in the area has inspired protests for years. One such event, in 2006, lasted for over three months and culminated with a hunger strike among the local population and activists demanding the plant cease operations.

Along with polluting agricultural fields and bodies of water with toxins, the plant was reportedly responsible for lowering farm yields and consistently intimidating those who spoke out against it.

The Coca-Cola company is responsible for destroying precious water resources for generations to come and they must be held to account,” Amut Srivastava of the India Resource Center told Info Change India in 2006. “The government must act now and put an end to Coca-Cola’s egregious behavior.”

The village government previously imposed a fine of 126,000 rupee ($2,000) on the Hindustan Coca-Cola Company Pvt, which oversees the Varanasi plant. Such gestures have not been enough to satisfy protesters, however.

It is preposterous that the government can allow a water-guzzling company like Coca-Cola to operate freely when thousands of people cannot even meet their basic water needs,” said demonstrator Nandlal Master, who lived not far from the plant. “We are demanding that the state government take immediate action to cancel Coca-Cola’s license.”

The corporation has always denied the allegations, building an addition onto the plant in 2013 that is able to produce 600 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles every minute.

Coca-Cola India spokesman Kalyan Ranjan told AFP that the company has “all the documents to prove our land ownership,” noting that the soda maker has “appealed against this order” to close.

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Torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India

Alert India Flooding  Torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India, which this month saw the worst cyclone to hit the country in over a decade, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday.

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The downpour has seen rivers spill their banks in India’s eastern coastal states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, forcing thousands to flee their homes and seek refuge in shelters, two weeks after India’s most severe cyclone in 14 years lashed the coastline.

The Press Trust of India national news agency said that the rains had killed up to 45 people in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, with hundreds of villages submerged in nearly 30 districts and road and rail links disrupted.

Another three people were killed in heavy rains in the eastern state of West Bengal, the news agency said.

Some 30 rescue teams, already involved in massive relief operations to fix homes and restore services knocked out by Cyclone Phailin, have been deployed in the flood zone to give help, Tripti Parule, spokeswoman for the National Disaster Management Agency, told AFP earlier Saturday.

“The administration was already geared up for this situation after cyclone Phailin. The provision of dry food, water packets, medicines… all of it is being taken care of by the states,” said Parule, adding that the flooding is expected to subside in 48 hours.

The cyclone that struck India’s eastern coast earlier this month killed at least 22 people and left a trail of destruction.

It pounded the eastern states, packing winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour (125 miles per hour), uprooting trees, overturning trucks, snapping power lines and flooding large tracts of farmland.

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US avoids default as Congress passes deal to end shutdown

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English: President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House announcing a deal in the ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to the debt limit and deficit reduction, July 31, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US President Barack Obama has signed legislation passed by Congress Wednesday to temporarily lift the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, averting the threat of default just hours before the October 17 deadline.

The legislation funds the government through to January 15 and lifts the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling until February 7. The White House budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said she has issued a directive to all government employees to return to work.

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US President Barack Obama has signed legislation passed by Congress Wednesday to temporarily lift the debt ceiling and end the government shut-down, averting the threat of default just hours before the October 17 deadline.

The legislation funds the government through to January 15 and lifts the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling until February 7. The White House budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said she has issued a directive to all government employees to return to work.

 

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