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Fed to pump $267bn into economy with warning that US recovery is slowing

The US Federal Reserve announced a $267bn plan to underpin the US’s fragile recovery Wednesday as chairman Ben Bernanke warned that unemployment was unlikely to improve before the end of the year.

Romney Campaign Reportedly Asked Florida Governor To Downplay Job Growth

Mitt Romney’s campaign asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to downplay his state’s job growth after several press releases from the governor’s campaign and messages from the Florida Chamber of Commerce trumpeted gains for the month of May, according to Bloomberg News.

House Panel’s Contempt Vote Against Holder Part of Political Firefight

Good luck if you’re looking to see what Americans think about the “Fast and Furious” gun-running controversy that has escalated into a constitutional fight between President Obama and the GOP-led House.

Assad may be offered clemency by Britain and US if he joins peace talks

Britain and America are willing to offer the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, safe passage – and even clemency – as part of a diplomatic push to convene a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva on political transition in Syria.

Egyptian presidential result delayed as both candidates claim victory

Egypt‘s election committee said on Wednesday it may not be ready to announce the results of a runoff presidential vote on Thursday as planned because it was still reviewing appeals from the two candidates, both of whom claim to have won.

Zoo animals perish as heavy Minnesota rains cause severe flash floods

Several animals have died at a zoo in Minnesota after heavy rainfall brought severe flash flooding in the early hours of Wednesday.

Montana Could Force SCOTUS to Re-Hash Citizens United

The Supreme Court could give Citizens United a second look this month as it decides whether to take up a lawsuit against the state of Montana, which wants its century-old state law restricting corporate influence in elections to stay in place.

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