Senate backs stimulus

US senators have agreed a large stimulus package aimed at kick-starting the US economy. After intense negotiations, the Senate backed a plan


US stimulus package approved

Senators in Washington say they have reached agreement on a huge economic stimulus package designed to revitalise the US economy. Senior


US financial plan delayed

Despite the worsening US economy, a financial rescue plan promised by President Barack Obama has been delayed until the second week of February


Soft figures from Microsoft

Computer software giant Microsoft has revealed even worse than expected quarterly results and warned that profit and revenue will almost certainly


Hollywood announces Oscar picks

The nominations for the Oscars have been released with “Waltz with Bashir” standing out as one of the hottest favourites. The Israeli Golden


Clinton signals a wind of change

The US State Department has welcomed its new boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the first former First Lady to take one of America’s top jobs


Obama closes Guantanamo

President Obama today signs into law his executive order on Guantanamo bay. It closes the camp and ends one of the darkest episodes in US military


Obama team begins its labours

Barack Obama has got down to work in Washington after a church service to speed him and his team on their way. This administration has a “to do” list


All hail the chief

Washington expressed its anticipation as Barack Obama took the presidential oath, with one hand on an 1861 bible used by his hero Abraham Lincoln