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Applicants, some already employed but looking for something better, at a weekly job fair in June sponsored by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. Stephen Morton/New York Times

Lost in recession, toll on underemployed and underpaid

by Michael Cooper New York Times June 18, 2012

Throughout the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery, the most commonly discussed measure of misery has been unemployment. But many middle-class and working-class people who are fortunate enough to have work are struggling as well, which is why Sherry Woods, a 59-year-old van driver from Atl...

Contractors run US spying missions in Africa

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post June 14, 2012

ENTEBBE, Uganda — Four small, white passenger planes sit outside a hangar here under a blazing sun, with no exterior markings save for U.S. registration numbers painted on the tails. A few burly men wearing aviator sunglasses and short haircuts poke silently around the wing flaps and landing gear....

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post June 13, 2012

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the ...

Americans saw wealth plummet 40 percent from 2007 to 2010, Federal Reserve says

by Ylan Q Mui Washington Post June 11, 2012

The recent recession wiped out nearly two decades of Americans’ wealth, according to government data released Monday, with ­middle-class families bearing the brunt of the decline....

Clare Keany lives in a tiny mobile home in California, barely getting by on little more than $1,082 a month from Social Security. “I would rather be functioning and having a job somewhere,” said Ms. Keany,“I really don’t enjoy living like this. I’ve got too much to do still.” Photo: Michal Czerwonka/New York Times

Forced to early social security, jobless pay a steep price

by Motoko Rich New York Times June 9, 2012

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — This retirement oasis in the desert has long beckoned those who want to spin out their golden years playing golf and sitting by the pool in the arid sunshine....

FAO food price index drops sharply: World cereal supplies expected to be abundant in 2012/13

by FAO June 7, 2012

7 June 2012, Rome - Global food prices have dropped sharply in May due to generally favourable supplies, growing global economic uncertainties and a strengthening of the US dollar, FAO said today. ...

Worst US job data in a year signals stalling recovery

by Shaila Dewan New York Times June 1, 2012

For a third year, the economic recovery in the United States is floundering, stoking fears of a global slowdown as the European crisis escalates. Last month, the nation’s employers added the fewest jobs in a year and the unemployment rate actually rose, the Labor Department reported Friday. May wa...

USDA targets food-stamp fraud with state effort

by Sam Hananel Washington Post May 29, 2012

Some food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash — sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist — and then asking the government for replacement cards....

Pakistan jails doctor who helped to find Bin Laden

by BBC News May 23, 2012

A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say. Shakil Afridi was charged with treason and tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information....

Doubling direct foreign aid could hurt US contractors

by Nick Taborek Bloomberg News/Washington Post May 20, 2012

American contractors risk losing business under a U.S. plan to double the share of international aid awards given to overseas entrepreneurs and governments....