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Latest update : 2011-08-10

Standard & Poors downgrades US credit rating

Three years after the subprime crisis, Washington is still suffering. Private debt from households and businesses has become public debt, reaching 100% of GDP. Years of tax cuts and increased spending have taken their toll - US growth is expected to be under 1% for 2011. Ratings agencies also believe Washington is not doing enough. Standard & Poors has now downgraded the nation's credit rating for the first time in its history.

By Mark Thompson

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2017-04-25 Americas

Southern Border Plan: Mexico's own fight against illegal immigration

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2017-04-21 France

Fighting fuel poverty in France

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2017-04-19 Russia

How Russian activists are getting around strict laws on protesting

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2017-04-18 Philippines

Duterte's bloody war on drugs resumes after brief break

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2017-04-17 France

Are France's ageing nuclear plants safe?

Despite heightened surveillance and draconian control measures, the answers from nuclear analysts is far from unanimous. Despite these questions, the French power giant that...

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