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Obama wades into air shutdown row US says Syria dead 'exceed 2,000' US unemployment rate down in July   The US economy creates 117,000 jobs in July, better than expected and enough to lower the unemployment rate to 9.1% U.S. government credit downgraded
US House passes debt-limit bill  The US House of Representatives has passed by 269 votes to 161 a last-gasp deal to avoid a federal debt default US debt-limit bill heads to Senate   The Senate is to vote on a bill to raise the nation's debt limit, one day after the House of Reps backed it and hours before a deadline   Obama signs bill to end default threat


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  President Barack Obama has signed legislation to increase the US debt ceiling and avert a financial default after Congress voted
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  Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded its credit rating of the U.S. federal government from AAA to AA+
 This was the first time the government was given a rating below AAA. Global stock markets declined on August 8, 2011, following the announcement
  Washington US 'must do better' after debt deal Aug.10   Washington     US hits Syria with new sanctions  The US has ramped up pressure on Syria by imposing sanctions on its main commercial bank and its mobile phone operator   Washington Call for Bin Laden film inquiry Aug.11   Washington   Falling exports hit US trade gap  The US trade deficit with the rest of the world widened to $53.1bn in June, as exports fell faster than imports   Washington US urges further Syria sanctions Aug.12   Washington     US urges nations to cut Syria ties   US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged all countries to cut their political and economic ties with Syria Aug.16   Washington   Tobacco firms sue over new labels  Five tobacco companies have sued FDA over a new law that would force them to place graphic health warnings on their cigarette packets Aug.18   Washington     Obama says al-Assad must go
  Top U.S. and European leaders called on Syrian President to step down -- ratcheting up international pressure against a regime
Aug.19   Washington   US military invents 'bigger bang'  The Office of Naval Research has successfully tested a new type of explosive material that can dramatically increase weapons' impacts Aug.21   Washington   US 'disappointed' as hikers jailed  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is 'deeply disappointed' by the jail terms given to two US citizens found guilty of spying in... Aug.23   Virginia   Earthquake strikes US east coast Map of Mineral Virginia
  5.8 earthquake has rattled the east coast of the United States centreing on the state of Virginia. Pentagon and US Capitol were evacuated
Aug.24   Washington     U.S. moves to unfreeze Libyan assets  The United States will support an effort by members of the U.N. Security Council to override the United Nations' sanctions committee   Washington   Pentagon warns of militarily strong China   The Pentagon issued fresh warnings that China's military expansion could stir up new tensions and provoke dangerous misunderstandings Aug.26   Washington   Ben Bernanke signals no new stimulus  The chairman of the Federal Reserve has signalled that the US central bank will not take any immediate action to boost growth   Washington     Obama warns of 'historic' storm   President Barack Obama has warned that Hurricane Irene, currently looming off the east coast of the US, could be a 'historic' storm Aug.28   Washington     Irene still a threat, Obama warns   US President Barack Obama has warned that flooding and power cuts are still a risk as Tropical Storm Irene moves away north towards Canada Aug.29   Washington     US wasted $30bn on war contracts  The US government has wasted $30bn in contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade, according to a bi-partisan commission Aug.30   Washington   Heads roll over botched gun sting  The acting director of the US ATF and the US attorney in Arizona are resigning over a botched operation to track the flow of guns to Mexico Aug.31   Washington     Obama declares floods disaster in NC & NY
  The move allows the two states to tap extra federal funds for relief efforts. President earlier signed emergency declarations for other states
  U.S. Congress     Obama reschedules speech amid row   President Barack Obama has agreed to reschedule a Congressional speech on the economy, after objections from Speaker John Boehner   Washington   US tries to block $39bn AT&T deal   AT&T's bid to buy rival T-Mobile USA could be facing collapse after the US government sued to block the $39bn deal


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B. 08-01 US House passes debt-limit bill House of Representatives
C. 08-02 US debt-limit bill heads to Senate U.S. Senate
D. 08-02 Obama signs bill to end default threat Washington
E. 08-05 US unemployment rate down in July Washington
08-06 U.S. government credit downgraded Washington
6. 08-10 US hits Syria with new sanctions Washington
7. 08-12 US urges nations to cut Syria ties Washington
I. 08-16 Tobacco firms sue over new labels Washington
9. 08-18 Obama says al-Assad must go Washington



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