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Biden to travel to Ukraine on April 22

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine on April 22 to stress US support for Kiev and steps to improve its energy security amid a crisis with neighboring Russia. During his meetings with government leaders and civil society groups, Biden will "underscore the United States' strong support for a united, democratic Ukraine that makes its own choices about its future path," a White House statement said. oh/mdl

Biden encourages last-minute health care applicants at help centre on deadline day

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden is encouraging last-minute applicants for health care under President Barack Obama's law that they are "going to be better off for it." With the White House looking for a surge on the final day of enrolment Monday, Biden greeted people visiting a Washington help centre. He says as long as applicants are in line by the midnight deadline, they'll be allowed to finish their application. The vice-president delivered the message at the auditorium at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, a few miles from the White House.

Biden presses for boost in minimum wage for tipped workers

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden says many restaurant owners support raising the tipped minimum wage for their workers because "it's good for business overall." Biden stopped by the Florida Avenue Grill in Washington on Wednesday to make the case for increasing the federal minimum wage. The federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour and Democrats want to boost it to $4.90 by 2016. Biden noted that the diner's owner recently raised wages for tipped workers on his own by more than $1.

Biden presses for boost in minimum wage for tipped workers

WASHINGTON - Vice-President Joe Biden says many restaurant owners support raising the tipped minimum wage for their workers because "it's good for business overall." Biden stopped by the Florida Avenue Grill in Washington on Wednesday to make the case for increasing the federal minimum wage. The federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour and Democrats want to boost it to $4.90 by 2016. Biden noted that the diner's owner recently raised wages for tipped workers on his own by more than $1.

Biden to push job training on visit to New Hampshire next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden will visit New Hampshire next week to promote ways to improve job-training skills. While Biden's visit to the early voting state is likely to prompt speculation that he is thinking about a presidential race in 2016, his trip is in line with a request to him from President Barack Obama to lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs.

Biden reassures NATO allies after Russia 'land grab'

By Roberta Rampton WARSAW (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told NATO allies in eastern Europe on Tuesday that the alliance was unwavering in its commitment to protect them from attack, offering reassurance after what he called Russia's "land grab" in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. Biden was in the Polish capital at the start of a two-day mission to demonstrate to countries on Russia's western borders, nervous they could be next in line after Crimea, that the United States stands by them.

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Poland and Lithuania next week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine with allies in the region, the White House said Friday. "During his meetings, the vice president will consult on steps to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and affirm our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for all of our allies and partners in Europe," said a statement about the Monday-Wednesday trip. oh/fb

Biden promises 'full' US support to new Ukrainian PM

US Vice President Joe Biden called Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday, promising "full" US support as the country's new leaders seek to head off Russian influence. Biden "reassured the prime minister that the United States will offer its full support as Ukraine undertakes the reforms necessary to return to economic health, pursue reconciliation, uphold its international obligations and seek open and constructive relationships with all its neighbors," a White House statement said. oh/pvh

Biden meets Swiss leader, OSCE head on Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday met Didier Burkhalter, leader of Switzerland and current head of the OSCE group that is seeking a leading role during Ukraine's political transition. Biden held nine phone calls with ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych in recent weeks, seeking to quell political violence, and has emerged as the White House's top pointman on the issue.

Biden threatens Ukraine's Yanukovych with sanctions

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday warned Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych that the United States was ready to impose sanctions on officials guilty of ordering troops to fire on protesters. Biden spoke to the Ukrainian leader by telephone and "made clear that the United States is prepared to sanction those officials responsible for the violence," the White House said in a statement. col/adm
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