By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki rejected calls for his resignation as a congressional committee voted to subpoena him on Thursday over charges his department caused deadly delays for veterans' healthcare at some of its hospitals. The American Legion veterans group and two Republican U.S. senators have called for Shinseki to step down following reports on whistleblowers' claims that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments or specialist care at the VA hospital in Phoenix. The House Veterans Affairs Committee in a voice vote approved the subpoena ordering Shinseki and other top VA officials to produce all emails and written correspondence sent between April 9 and May 8 related to the disappearance or destruction of a secret patient wait list at the Phoenix hospital. \"The last few weeks have been a model of VA stonewalling, which precipitated the need for a subpoena,\" said the committee's chairman, Republican Representative Jeff Miller.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde praised Arab Spring countries Thursday for making economic progress but warned that they are still facing a \"jarring job crisis.\" Speaking in Morocco, the director general of the International Monetary Fund said youth unemployment in those countries are among the highest in the world. Since 2011, uprisings have swept over Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, forcing out veteran strongmen, and protests calling for change have also shaken Bahrain. Lagarde said that despite the bleak political situation of what she termed the \"Arab transition countries\" and its effect on other regional nations, there is some good news.