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  • 04/11/2014 | Argentina

    US defends Soderberg appointment

    The US Department of State has backed the appointment of Nancy Soderberg as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), saying her “responsibilities” as public servant are “not linked” with Argentina’s dispute with the holdouts, local Telam news agency reported.

  • 05/11/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich: Soderberg's appointment is ‘shameful’

    The cabinet chief said that the ATFA, a lobby representing holdout creditors, has “no dignity or moral authority to comment,” in response to the group’s criticism against President Kirchner’s letter warning about “grave implications” after the appointment of ATFA's Nancy Soderberg as Chair of the US Public Interest Declassification Board.

  • 17/12/2014 | Argentina

    CFK praises normalization of US-Cuba relations

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has praised the normalization of United States and Cuba relations announced by US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro, during the MERCOSUR summit held in Entre Ríos.

  • 07/08/2014 | Argentina

    CFK renews call for Obama to intercede in ‘vulture case’

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today urged US President Barack Obama to intercede in the dispute between Argentina and holdouts over Argentine debt, while blasting New York judge Thomas Griesa for “not making any sense”.

  • 31/10/2014 | Argentina

    In a letter, CFK urges Obama to explain whether US official Nancy Soderberg is also Co-Chair of AFTA vulture lobbying group

    In a harsh letter addressed to her US counterpart, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today said if this information was confirmed "it would have grave implications for relations between our two countries."

  • 03/11/2014 | Argentina

    No official US response to CFK’s letter

    Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said that the government has not received an official response from the US to the harsh letter president Kirchner sent to her counterpart Barack Obama demanding an explanation for the appointment of Nancy Soderberg as Chair of the US Public Interest Declassification Board.

  • 08/09/2013 | Argentina

    Obama in the lions’ den

    By James Neilson
    No doubt it is most gratifying to be hailed as “the most powerful man in the world” by one’s awestruck compatriots, but on occasion Barack Obama must wish he were just an ordinary mortal whose rhetorical flourishes should not be taken too literally so he could spend more time on the golf course hobnobbing with his cronies.

  • 23/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK arrives in New York to attend UN General Assembly

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today arrived in New York to attend the 68° United Nations General Assembly to be held in the city.

  • 23/10/2013 | Argentina

    Obama sends letter to CFK, wishes her a swift recovery

    The president of the United States Barack Obama sent a letter to Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner which was unveiled today by the Public Communications Secretariat.

  • 09/07/2012 | Argentina

    Obama challenges GOP to keep tax cuts for middle class

    US President Barack Obama called for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, seeking to steer the election-year debate away from high unemployment and portray himself as a champion of ordinary US citizens.

  • 24/10/2012 | Argentina

    CFK: 'Romney is like those who say social plans are for lazy people'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner harshly criticized US Republican candidate Mitt Romney and affirmed that she is "more alike" the current head of state, Democrat Barack Obama, who is running for reelection.

  • 07/11/2012 | Argentina

    CFK's letter to Obama: 'We'll always be together to build a fairer, less violent world'

    The government today revealed a hand-signed letter by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to US President Barack Obama, who last night was re-elected for a second term.

  • 12/04/2012 | Argentina

    CFK to meet with Obama on Saturday in Colombia

    While attending the 6th Summit of the Americas in Colombia this Saturday, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is scheduled to meet privately with US president Barack Obama.

  • 15/04/2012 | Argentina

    CFK and Obama agree to solve trade differences

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and US President Barack Obama agreed to work upon trade differences, "which in no way conform are the central aspects of the bilateral relationship" as they met in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia as they take part of the 6th Summit of the Americas.

  • 16/04/2012 | Argentina

    CFK calls meeting with Obama 'excellent'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner qualified her meeting with United States President Barack Obama during the Summit of Americas in Cartagena City over the weekend in Colombia as “excellent”.

  • 04/11/2011 | Argentina

    Obama declares CFK, Argentina 'a great friend' to the United States

    US President Barack Obama defined Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Argentina “a great friend” of the United States of America in a meeting between both Head of States. The bilateral meeting lasted around thirty minutes and took place in the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

  • 09/11/2011 | Argentina

    US: Obama-CFK meeting 'warm,' but Argentina must cancel debt

    The US referred to last week’s meeting between Barack Obama and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as “warm,” but once again “encouraged” Argentina to pay off the debt it holds with American bondholders and US companies.

  • 26/03/2012 | Argentina

    'We can't even manage to send a lemon to the US,' CFK

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner questioned US president Barack Obama’s recent decision to suspend trade benefits for Argentina, while complaining that “we can’t even manage to get one of our lemons to enter the US market.”

  • 31/10/2011 | Argentina

    White House says CFK-Obama meeting is an opportunity for a more positive relationship

    The US Government confirmed that president Barack Obama is scheduled to meet privately with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Friday. The meeting will take place in Cannes, France, one day after the G20 Summit begins. 

  • 03/11/2011 | Argentina

    Obama praises CFK while greeting Sarkozy

    Prior to the lunch inaugurating the G20 summit in Cannes, during an informal chat, US President Barack Obama, recommended that his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, follow the example set by Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who was re-elected in a landslide win just ten days ago.

  • 28/01/2011 | Argentina

    'Bilateral relations cannot be based on Obama's visits,' Timerman

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman sustains that “the relationship with the United States is a fluid one where similarities exist, however there are also great differences.” He assured that “the analysis of bilateral relations cannot be based on whether Obama visits or not,” and that Washington “maintains interests over friendships.”

  • 06/09/2011 | Argentina

    Pérez Esquivel sends letter to Obama with advice on how to 'avoid default'

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel sent a letter to US president Barack Obama, in which he offers some suggestions on how to leave an economic crisis behind in case of a financial default. 

  • 25/10/2011 | Argentina

    Obama, CFK to hold bilateral meeting during G20 summit

    US President Barack Obama has requested to meet with recently reelected President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during the next G20 summit to be held on the 3rd and 4th of November in Cannes, France.

  • 15/11/2014 | World

    US military chief says battle with Islamic State starting to turn

    The United States' top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was "starting to turn", but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years.

  • 15/11/2014 | World

    US, Japan and Australia vow to oppose Russian action in Crimea

    The leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia, vowing to oppose Russian incursions into Crimea during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane.

  • 05/11/2014 | World

    After Republican rout, Obama tells voters: 'I hear you'

    US President Barack Obama acknowledged today that "Republicans had a good night" with sweeping election victories in Congress and said he got a message from voters that it was his responsibility to break a Washington gridlock.

  • 10/11/2014 | World

    US Obama arrives in China on Asian tour, urges Beijing to be partner

    US President Barack Obama said today a successful China was in the interests of the United States and the world but Beijing had to be a partner in underwriting international order, and not undermine it.

  • 12/11/2014 | World

    China, US agree to limit carbon emissions

    China and the United States agreed to new limits on carbon emissions starting in 2025, but the pledge by the world's two biggest polluters appears to be more politically significant than substantive.

  • 17/10/2014 | World

    Obama names former White House official Klain Ebola 'czar'

    President Barack Obama has asked former White House adviser Ron Klain to coordinate US efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak, an administration official said today, after criticism the government's response to the virus has been slow and inadequate.

  • 03/11/2014 | World

    Obama, Yellen discuss Wall Street reforms, economic outlook

    President of the United States Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen discussed the outlook for the US and global economies and the implementation of Wall Street reforms during an Oval Office meeting, the White House said.

  • 04/11/2014 | World

    Obama says he sees 'worst possible' Senate map since Eisenhower

    US President Barack Obama has said that the Senate electoral map heavily favors Republicans, making it the toughest grouping of races faced by a second-term president since Republican Dwight Eisenhower lost heavily in 1958.

  • 14/10/2014 | World

    Obama administration claims US citizen died fighting in Syria

    US government agencies are investigating claims that a US citizen fighting with the Islamic State militant group died recently in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

  • 15/10/2014 | World

    Obama promises more aggressive Ebola response in United States

    The US leader pledged federal officials would oversee the response to Ebola cases in that country in a more aggressive way, and said the Centers for Disease Control would send a "SWAT team" to any hospital encountering a new case of the disease.

  • 16/10/2014 | World

    Obama approves US army reservists for fight against Ebola

    President Barack Obama authorized calling up military reservists for the US fight against Ebola in West Africa today, as lawmakers criticized his administration's efforts to contain the disease at home.

  • 03/10/2014 | World

    Obama 'strongly condemns' killing of British citizen

    US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of British citizen Alan Henning by Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and said the United States would seek to bring his killers to justice.

  • 06/10/2014 | World

    US forces use helicopters to attack Islamic State rebels in Iraq

    The US military is flying Apache helicopters against Islamic State rebels in Iraq for the first time, exposing US troops to greater risk from ground fire as they help Iraqi forces battle the Islamist group that has overrun parts of the country.

  • 14/10/2014 | World

    Obama to nominate new attorney general after elections

    President Barack Obama will wait until after November 4 congressional elections to nominate a new US attorney general, a White House official said.

  • 30/09/2014 | World

    New video of IS hostage John Cantlie released

    A new footage featuring British Islamic State’s hostage John Cantlie, the third in the so called “Lend me your ear” propaganda series, has been released today. Dressed in an orange suit, the hostage speaks against US president Barack Obama and criticizes US “disappointingly predictable” action against the militants.

  • 01/10/2014 | World

    Under-fire US Secret Service director Pierson resigns

    US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has stepped down from her post, after a series of security lapses came to light involving the protection for President Barack Obama.

  • 03/10/2014 | World

    ISIS beheads British hostage in new video

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video today that purported to show the beheading of a man it identified as British citizen Alan Henning.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    US Attorney General Holder to stay until successor in place

    Eric Holder is stepping down but has agreed to stay on until a successor is named and confirmed.

  • 26/09/2014 | World

    Obama, Primer Minister Netanyahu to meet at White House next week

    US President Barack Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting on Wednesday at the White House to discuss Israel's relationship with the Palestinians, the situation in Gaza, Iran nuclear talks, and the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    Obama: US intelligence underestimated militants in Syria

    US intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast today.

  • 24/09/2014 | World

    Islamic State fighters advance in Syria despite US strikes

    US planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded.

  • 24/09/2014 | World

    Obama to the UN: 'IS must be destroyed'

    US President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations today to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to "leave the battlefield while they can."

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    US strikes against Islamic State while winning more pledges

    US and Arab air forces struck Islamic State fighters in Syria for a third day today, as Washington won further pledges of military support for its battle against the radical group in neighbouring Iraq.

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    IS calls for attacks against US, French, Canadian, Australian citizens

    Islamic State urged its followers to attack citizens of countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said the intervention by the US-led coalition would be the "final campaign of the crusaders."

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    Prosecutor: White House intruder had ammunition in car

    A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had over 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and was arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map marking the executive mansion, a federal prosecutor said.

  • 23/09/2014 | World

    Obama vows to fight, build coalition against IS

    US President Barack Obama vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first US-led airstrikes targeting the militant group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    US Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

    The US Senate approved Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants today, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the US Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • 19/09/2014 | World

    White House press and staff allowed back in after brief evacuation

    White House staff and reporters returned to the building after being briefly evacuated tonight because of an intruder on the grounds, a Reuters witness said.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    US calls for 'strong, robust and united' UK

    The White House weighed in carefully on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain "strong, robust and united."

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    US strike against Islamic State near Baghdad

    The US military has struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, US Central Command said, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

  • 17/09/2014 | World

    'US will not fight another ground war in Iraq'

    US president Barack Obama, trying to reassure war-weary citizens, has vowed that the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq but his spokesman said some military advisers could end up in front-line positions against Islamic State.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    Kerry says comfortable US will form broad anti ISIS coalition

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was comfortable that the United States would form a broad-based coalition to fight Islamic State militants but said it would not be appropriate for Iran to be involved in the efforts.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    US raises estimate of number of ISIS fighters

    The US intelligence community has sharply raised its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria to between 20,000 and 31,500, from its estimate in June of about 10,000.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    Obama says need to 'snuff out' militant groups like Islamic State

    President Barack Obama said the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to "ultimately snuff out" the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

  • 10/09/2014 | World

    Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

    President Barack Obama told Americans he had authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Russia warns fight against IS 'must comply with international law'

    The fight against Islamist militants should only be carried out in compliance with international law and with respect for the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Syria warns against foreign intervention after Obama speech

    Any foreign intervention in Syria would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, a Syrian government minister said today, after the United States said it was prepared to strike against Islamic State militants in the country.

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    US expands air strikes against IS

    US warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam today, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine says rebels have handed over 1,200 prisoners of war so far

    Pro-Russian separatists have so far handed over about 1,200 prisoners-of-war to the Ukrainian side under the terms of a ceasefire agreement, President Petro Poroshenko said.

  • 09/09/2014 | World

    US does not believe slain journalist was 'sold' to Islamic State

    The United States has no information indicating beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff was "sold" to Islamic State militants by moderate Syrian opposition rebels, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    Obama pledges to 'degrade and destroy' Islamic State

    The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, US President Barack Obama said today.

  • 04/09/2014 | World

    White House: Key NATO leaders say Russia should face more sanctions

    Key NATO leaders agreed during a summit meeting today that Russia should faced increased sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 04/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine and rebels to seek peace plan, ceasefire tomorrow

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires tomorrow, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five month war in Ukraine's east.

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    Obama stops short of calling Russia actions in Ukraine an invasion

    President Barack Obama said the United States and its allies would look for ways to expand economic sanctions on Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of moving troops into southeastern Ukraine, but he stopped short of calling the recent Russian aggression an invasion.

  • 02/09/2014 | World

    Obama sending more troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad

    President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    Obama says NATO must help strengthen Ukraine's military

    US President Barack Obama urged NATO today to help strengthen Ukraine's military and said the alliance must leave the door open to new members to counter what he called Russian aggression.

  • 20/08/2014 | World

    Obama: US will do what it must to protect its citizens

    US President Barack Obama has affirmed that the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants "shocked the conscience of the entire world" and he vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens.

  • 21/08/2014 | World

    Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen', Pentagon

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, US military leaders said.

  • 23/08/2014 | World

    Obama orders review of US police use of military hardware

    US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Hillary Clinton distances herself from Obama's foreign policy

    Distancing herself from President Barack Obama's foreign policy, potential 2016 US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in an interview that the US decision not to intervene early in the Syrian civil war was a "failure."

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    Obama calls Missouri shooting death tragic, urges reflection

    President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and called for thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting, arrests and tear gas in a St. Louis suburb.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Obama authorizes US air strikes on Mosul Dam

    US President Barack Obama has informed Congress he authorized US air strikes in Iraq to help retake control of the Mosul Dam, and that the action was consistent with his goal of protecting US citizens.

  • 30/07/2014 | World

    US House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law

    The Republican-led US House of Representatives cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing US President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Obama: no need yet for more US military aid to Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama said Ukraine did not need additional military assistance to help fight insurgents in the eastern part of the country but a Russian invasion would raise "a different set of questions."

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    Obama orders air strikes in Iraq

  • 21/07/2014 | World

    Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on cease-fire

    President Barack Obama repeated today that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

  • 22/07/2014 | World

    Obama vows US will seek justice in downing of Malaysian jet

    The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims today.

  • 28/07/2014 | World

    White House: US reconstruction aid to go to parts of east Ukraine

    Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk that the United States would provide almost US$7 million in reconstruction aid to parts of eastern Ukraine, including US$1 million in new support, the White House said.

  • 07/07/2014 | World

    White House: Children crossing border cannot stay in US

    The White House has announced that most unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States from Central America will not be allowed to stay as the Obama administration prepares to ask Congress for $2 billion to address the border crisis.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    US says deportation of children a warning to illegal migrants

    The White House said Central Americans trying to cross the US border should know "they will not be welcome," a day after the United States deported a planeload of women and children to Honduras.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Obama: US to help investigate what happened with crashed Malaysia plane

    US President Barack Obama said today the crash of a Malaysian jetliner on the border of Ukraine was a "terrible tragedy" and the United States would offer any assistance necessary to help determine what happened and why.

  • 26/06/2014 | World

    Obama seeks $500 mn from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

    President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria's opposition, asked the US Congress today to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 27/06/2014 | World

    Armed US aircraft now flying over Iraq, defense officials

    The Obama administration is flying armed aircraft over Iraq, defense officials said today, adding that the flights were aimed at gathering intelligence and ensuring the safety of US personnel on the ground rather than conducting strikes.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    US Supreme Court rules business owners can refuse healthcare law contraceptive mandate

    The US Supreme Court ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Obama's parenting advice: 'Give kids unconditional love, some rules'

    US President Barack Obama, dad to two teenage girls, has some simple advice for raising kids. "You give them unconditional love, and then you give them some structure and some rules, and they usually turn out really, really well".

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Obama calls on Putin to support Ukraine peace

    The US president urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to support peace in Ukraine and said Moscow would face further sanctions if it did not take steps to reduce tensions in the country, the White House said.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse

    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region today to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Audit shows 100,000 US veterans face long waits for healthcare

    More than 100,000 veterans are experiencing waits of more than 90 days for appointments at medical centers run by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, according to an internal audit released by the agency.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    In Washington, growing chorus calls for Iraq's Maliki to go

    President Barack Obama came under pressure from US lawmakers today to persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down over what they see as his failed leadership in the face of an insurgency threatening his country.

  • 20/06/2014 | World

    White House announces steps to address immigrant surge

    The White House stepped up efforts to slow the flow of illegal children into the country, expanding the government's ability to process and deport people and announcing new funding to boost security in crime-plagued Central American countries.

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    G7 with absent Russia condemns Moscow's 'violation of Ukraine's sovereignty'

    The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow's actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability.

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    Obama: 'no apologies' on deal to free Bergdahl from Taliban

    US President Barack Obama said he would make "no apologies" for agreeing to a deal that released Taliban detainee Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, despite controversy in Washington that Congress was not notified ahead of time.

  • 06/06/2014 | World

    Obama urges Putin to seize chance on Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama urged Russia's Vladimir Putin during a brief informal meeting in France today to seize the opportunity to ease tensions in Ukraine after the election of Petro Poroshenko as president, a White House official said.

  • 30/05/2014 | World

    Obama says spokesman Carney resigning, names deputy Earnest as replacement

    US President Barack Obama has interrupted the White House daily press briefing to announce that his spokesman Jay Carney is stepping down, and named Josh Earnest, Carney's deputy, as a replacement.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    Obama defends operation to rescue US soldier amid criticism

    President Barack Obama has defended his administration's operation to rescue Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity amid mounting criticism, saying the United States was committed to freeing its prisoners of war regardless of how they were captured.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Obama backs Ukraine’s Poroshenko, reassures east European allies

    US President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko, pledged financial and security help, and assured east European NATO allies that the United States would defend their territorial integrity.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    Obama pays Memorial Day tribute after Afghanistan return

    US President Barack Obama paid tribute to fallen military men and women during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that highlighted a veterans' care scandal that has engulfed his presidency in recent weeks.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    Obama plans to end US troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

    US President Barack Obama outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

  • 28/05/2014 | World

    Obama pledges aid to Syria groups

    US President Barack Obama fought back against critics of his foreign policy by insisting US reliance on diplomacy over military intervention was working to resolve global crises like Ukraine and Iran, and he pledged to ramp up support for Syria's opposition.

  • 22/05/2014 | World

    US deploys military to Chad in search for abducted Nigerian girls

    The United States has deployed about 80 military personnel to Chad in its effort to help find and return more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Barack Obama told Congress.

  • 25/05/2014 | World

    Obama in Afghanistan for surprise visit

    US President Barack Obama has landed in Afghanistan for a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit with US troops to thank forces who are preparing to withdraw after nearly 13 years of war.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    The White House blows top CIA official cover in Afghanistan

    The White House inadvertently included the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan on a list of participants in a military briefing with President Barack Obama that was distributed to reporters yesterday, the Washington Post reported.

  • 16/05/2014 | World

    Obama, Biden lunch with construction workers, promote infrastructure

    US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden lunched with 4 construction workers at a hamburger restaurant in Washington DC, promoting their campaign for more infrastructure spending.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    Obama gov't to disclose justification for drone strikes on US citizens

    The US government has decided to disclose its legal justification for the use of drones against US citizens suspected of terrorism, a senior Obama administration official said today.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Obama determined to get to the bottom of Veterans scandal

    US President Barack Obama has vowed to get to the bottom of allegations of neglect of veterans' healthcare and made clear Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's job may be on the line as he scrambled to contain a budding controversy.

  • 04/05/2014 | World

    Washington gridlock butt of Obama jokes at correspondents' dinner

    US President Barack Obama poked fun at himself and what he called a hard year but aimed his most caustic humor at Washington gridlock when political and media luminaries gathered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

  • 06/05/2014 | World

    White House unveils dire Climate Change warning

    The Obama administration has released an updated report on how a changing climate has touched every corner of the United States, from oyster growers in Washington State to maple syrup producers in Vermont, and said that urgent action is needed.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    US and EU to intensify sanctions against Russia

    The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow's actions in Ukraine. European Union governments reached a preliminary agreement on similar sanctions.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    Russia condemns 'Cold War-like' US sanctions

    A senior Russian diplomat sharply criticised a new round of US sanctions, saying the measures were illegitimate and uncivilised and that restrictions on high-tech exports from the United States marked a return to Cold War practices.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    Uruguay on taking Gitmo prisoners: ‘They pose no threat’

    Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro stated that Guantanamo Bay detainees that the government plans to take after accepting a request from US President Barack Obama, “pose no threat” to Uruguayan society.

  • 11/04/2014 | World

    Obama names Burwell as US health secretary to fix Obamacare woes

    President Barack Obama said today he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside over the next difficult phase of his healthcare law in the months before November congressional elections.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    Obama offers condolences to Kansas shootings victims

    President Barack Obama deplored the shootings at Kansas City-area Jewish centers, saying at an Easter season prayer breakfast there was no place for anti-Semitism or other religious-based hatred.

  • 23/04/2014 | World

    Obama begins Asian trip to reassure allies

    Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo today at the start of a four-nation trip to reassure allies of US commitment to Asia, at a time of rising tension in the region.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    Obama invites Pope to the White House

    Obama made the spontaneous invitation as he was giving Francis a symbolic gift of seeds from the White House garden after 50 minutes of private talks in the pope's library.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    Obama, Pope Francis exchange gifts

    After a 50-minute private audience at Vatican City, Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchanged gifts.

  • 07/04/2014 | World

    US Senate votes to extend jobless benefits; faces divided House

    The Democratic-led US Senate has passed a bill to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

    Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the US government's electronic surveillance practices, saying he'd personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    White House promises new Russia sanctions

    The White House has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and said it was preparing a fresh round of sanctions in response to the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Obama bodyguards sent home after drinking session

    Three secret service agents entrusted with the security of US president Barack Obama have been sent home from the Dutch city of Amsterdam, after going out drinking prior to the arrival of the head of state.

  • 07/03/2014 | World

    Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from US Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying today that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Obama: Russia faces costs over Ukraine intervention

    US Obama warned Russia the West would be forced to apply a cost to Moscow if it fails to change course in its dispute with Ukraine, in a high-profile show of support for Ukraine's prime minister.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Russia says can't control Crimea troops; NATO, Moscow to hold talks

    Russian forces remain in control of Crimea, where Interfax reported they seized control of two Ukrainian missile defence sites overnight, and Putin gave no sign of backing down.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Obama and Cameron consult on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Obama: Crimea referendum would violate international law

    President Barack Obama said today that a proposed referendum in Crimea to join Russia would violate international law and said US sanctions were aimed at punishing Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the US president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Obama's 2015 budget proposal prompts clash with Republicans

    President Barack Obama proposed new tax credits and job-training programs for US workers today in a 2015 budget that drew instant condemnation from Republicans, who dismissed the document as an election-year campaign pitch.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Barack Obama warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama warned Russia that any military intervention in Ukraine would lead to unspecified "costs," and expressed deep concern about reports of Russian military movements.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama meets Netanyahu

    Even as he grappled with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turned to White House talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Despite China warnings, Obama meets Dalai Lama

    President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in a show of concern about China's human rights practices, and in spite of warnings from China that the visit would "seriously damage" ties with Washington.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Obama tells Pentagon to prepare for possibility of leaving no troops in Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the US will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House has said.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Obama: 4 million have signed up for insurance under Obamacare

    US President Barack Obama said today that some 4 million people had signed up for health insurance through exchanges provided by his signature healthcare law known as Obamacare.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Obama warns Ukraine against military violence

    President Barack Obama warned today that there would be consequences if violence continues in Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian military should not step into a situation that could be resolved by civilians.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Obama urges Venezuelan Gov't to release protesters

    US President Barack Obama yesterday sharply criticized the Venezuelan government for arresting protesters and urged the government to focus on the "legitimate grievances" of its people.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    Obama budget plan to lose Social Security cuts

    US President Barack Obama today dropped a measure to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security from an upcoming budget proposal in an election-year move that may insulate fellow Democrats facing heat from senior voters.

  • 12/02/2014 | World

    US Congress approves debt limit extension

    The US Congress has approved legislation to increase the country's debt limit for a year, bowing to Obama's demands for a debt limit increase without any conditions after a dramatic Senate vote.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    US to let banks do business with licensed Marijuana shops

    The Obama administration made it easier for banks to do business with licensed marijuana companies with less fear of prosecution, further encouraging US states that are experimenting with legalization of the drug.

  • 15/02/2014 | World

    Obama signs increase in US debt ceiling

    US President Barack Obama signed legislation today that raises the US debt limit through March 2015, taking the politically volatile issue off the table with congressional elections coming up this November.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Is Damascus now a direct threat to the United States?

    David Rohde
    Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not — that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.

  • 10/02/2014 | World

    Love affair between Obama and Beyoncé?

    Rumours about a love affair between singer Beyoncé and US President Barack Obama have come out after photographer Pascal Rostain suggested it's a matter of minutes before the scoop is made official.

  • 10/02/2014 | World

    Obama administration delays health law's employer penalties

    The US government has delayed another part of President Barack Obama's signature health reform law, saying medium-sized businesses would not face a tax penalty until 2016 for not providing employees with health coverage.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US accuses Syria of dragging its feet on chemical arms

    The United States accused Syria of dragging its feet on the handover of chemical weapons, a delay that puts at risk what US President Barack Obama touted only this week as a US diplomatic achievement in Syria's civil war.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    Obama nominates new NSA chief

    Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, the head of US Fleet Cyber Command, is not expected immediately to change the NSA, shaken by revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Obama to meet Pope during European visit

    Obama is scheduled to meet with the pope on March 27 in a trip that will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and other parts of Italy, the White House announced in a statement.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks

    Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed US intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said.

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Obama plans to bypass Congress blasted by Republican leaders

    US President Barack Obama's strategy to bypass Congress this year with executive orders to advance his policy agenda have received a cold reaction from Republican leaders, who accused the White House of arrogance and sidestepping the political process.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Obama: ‘I'm not going to dwell on Snowden's actions or motivations’

    Obama on Friday took a swipe at Edward Snowden, the former US spy contractor whose revelations about American surveillance practices tarnished relations with foreign allies and prompted reforms in Washington.

  • 19/01/2014 | World

    Obama: Marijuana a bad idea, but no more dangerous than alcohol

    US President Barack Obama believes smoking marijuana is a "bad habit" but thinks legal penalties now fall disproportionately on minorities and that states legalizing pot should go ahead with their plans, he said in a profile released on Sunday.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    US begins sanctions relief on Iran

    The United States has followed through on promised sanctions relief for Iran covering oil exports, trade in precious metals and automotive services as part of a nuclear agreement that began taking effect this week.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Obama urges Congress to avoid new sanctions on Iran

    President Barack Obama urged Congress to resist the temptation to approve new economic sanctions against Iran and said lawmakers instead should give diplomacy and peace a chance to work.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Obama to meet Pope Francis in 'near future'

    US President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the near future, the White House reported, saying Obama is paying close attention to the pope's work on addressing inequality.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    US House approves $1.1 trln measure to fund gov't through Sept. 30

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that quashes the threat of a government shutdown through Sept. 30 and offers lawmakers a chance to end four years of chaotic, crisis-driven budgeting.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Obama invites Merkel after monitoring scandal

    President Barack Obama invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Washington this year, the White House said today in a brief statement about a phone conversation between the two leaders.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Utah: Obama recognizes same-sex marriages

    The Obama administration said it will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah - even though the state will not do so - and will provide federal benefits to about 1,400 gay couples who wed there before the Supreme Court halted the nuptials this week.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    Obama says joins Israelis in honoring Sharon's commitment to Israel

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon's commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional US support for Israel's security.

  • 18/12/2013 | World

    US Senate passes budget deal, focus shifts to spending

    The US Senate passed a two-year budget deal to ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of a government shutdown, but fights were already breaking out over how to implement the budget pact.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    Obama: 'Now is not the time for new Iran sanctions'

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he understands why some US lawmakers want to "look tough" on Iran but insisted now is not the time to impose new sanctions on Tehran while it is set to negotiate over a long-term nuclear deal with world powers.

  • 26/12/2013 | World

    Obama signs bipartisan budget deal that eases spending cuts

    President Barack Obama today signed the two-year US budget agreement negotiated by Congress earlier this month.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    US tech companies call for more controls on surveillance

    Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call today for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furor over online surveillance.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Obama says budget deal is good first step, urges Congress to act

    The US leader has praised a bipartisan budget deal as a good start and urged Congress to quickly pass a budget based on the accord.

  • 16/12/2013 | World

    Russia: US ignored appeals for Syria chemical arms proof

    Russia has accused Washington of ignoring Moscow's appeals for proof of government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country's more than 2-1/2-year old civil war.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    Obamacare enrols more people in two days than all of October

    More people signed up on the government's new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the entire first month of the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, sources familiar with the numbers said today.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    World leaders react to 'courageous' Mandela

    President Barack Obama led reactions to the news that former South African President Nelson Mandela had passed away, hailing the late statesman as a leader who left his country with a legacy of freedom and peace with the world.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    Obama says he will propose NSA reforms

    President Barack Obama said he intends to propose National Security Agency reforms to reassure Americans that their privacy is not being violated.

  • 01/12/2013 | World

    Obama administration achieves key goal in fixing healthcare website

    The Obama administration has declared victory in its effort to get HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the vast majority of users, saying the site had reached a goal of handling 50,000 simultaneous users after a five-week "tech surge."

  • 02/12/2013 | World

    Retooled Obamacare site traffic surges but problems persist

    A surge of visitors clogged the US government's revamped healthcare insurance shopping website today, signalling that President Barack Obama's administration has a way to go in fixing the portal that showcases his signature domestic policy.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    White House: One million new visits to Obamacare website

    President Barack Obama's chief of staff said today that more than 1 million new visitors had checked out the HealthCare.gov website yesterday, the first day after a major overhaul of the troubled site used to shop for health insurance required under new reforms.

  • 04/11/2013 | World

    Obama asks supporters to help with troubled healthcare rollout

    The US leader vowed to press ahead with the rollout and asked supporters to help as the White House struggled to gain control of the debate over his signature achievement in the face of mounting criticism, seeking their assistance to enroll people into the Affordable Care Act.

  • 08/11/2013 | World

    Obama calls Netanyahu after criticism of Iran nuclear plan

    US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

  • 14/11/2013 | World

    Obama offers fix to troubled healthcare law

    President Barack Obama has offered a fix to his troubled healthcare law that would allow insurance companies to extend for one year the health plans of Americans that would otherwise face cancellation.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    Spain summons US ambassador over spying

    Spain summoned the US ambassador today to discuss alleged spying on Spanish citizens and said the action was unacceptable behavior by an ally.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Spain launches legal inquiry into US spying allegations

    Spain's public prosecutor launched a preliminary inquiry today into reports that US intelligence has spied on million of its citizens.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    Obama tells Iraqi leader US wants 'inclusive' Iraq

    President Barack Obama told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the United States wants an inclusive, prosperous Iraq free of violence.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Germany, France demand 'no-spy' agreement with United States

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Obama presses Republicans to end stalemate on immigration

    Fresh from a bruising fight with House of Representatives Republicans over the budget, US President Barack Obama has urged them to work with him to overhaul the country's immigration laws.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Contractors describe scant pre-launch testing of US healthcare site

    The Obama administration launched its troubled healthcare insurance website after only a minimum of crucial system-wide testing, despite contractors warning officials repeatedly about performance risks, a congressional panel heard today.

  • 22/10/2013 | World

    US job growth lost momentum before budget fight hit

    US employers added far fewer than expected workers in September, suggesting a loss of momentum in the economy that supported the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain its monthly bond purchases.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    US House Republicans still want to delay Obamacare individual mandate

    US House of Representatives Republicans remain committed to seeking a delay in the provision in Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires uninsured Americans to buy health insurance coverage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Obama assures Germany's Merkel US not monitoring her communications

    President Barack Obama today tried to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama.

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    US government employees ordered back to work today

    The White House moved quickly early today to get the US government back up and running after a 16-day shutdown, directing hundreds of thousands of workers to return to work.

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    Obama says Americans 'completely fed up' with Washington

    President Barack Obama said today  that Americans are "completely fed up with Washington" a day after the latest fiscal crisis was narrowly averted and called for talks with Congress on the budget, immigration and farm legislation.

  • 20/10/2013 | World

    US President Obama focused on fixing glitches in healthcare rollout

    US President Barack Obama is frustrated by the problems with the rollout of his signature healthcare reform and the administration intends to fix them.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Obama: When you're the president, everyone takes your calls

    The coolest thing about being the leader of the free world? Everyone will take your call, said President Barack Obama in a television interview.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    US Congress ends default threat, Obama signs bill

    The US Congress yesterday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Obama says will sign bill immediately to reopen government

    President Barack Obama said he will sign legislation to reopen the US government and avert a debt default as soon as it reaches the White House.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    US senators hint at possible fiscal deal

    A month of combat in the US Congress over government spending showed signs of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent default on federal debt.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    White House rejects House Republican fiscal proposal: 'We are far from a deal'

    The White House dismissed the latest fiscal proposal offered by Republicans who control the House of Representatives today, and said that negotiations in the Senate are making progress toward ending a fiscal impasse but "we're far from a deal at this point."

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    US fiscal talks stumble as lawmakers race against clock for solution

    Stop-start negotiations to end the US fiscal impasse left congressional leaders and President Barack Obama desperately searching for a way to reopen the government and raise the country's debt limit ahead of a Thursday deadline.

  • 12/10/2013 | World

    'No deal,' fiscal fix stalls in US Congress

    Hopes for a resolution of Washington's fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill as President Barack Obama's efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    US Democrats deny debt negotiations stalled

    Senate leaders are "making progress" in their bid to resolve Washington's latest fiscal crisis but still seek agreement on two key points, length of an increase in the debt limit and a funding bill to reopen the government, a Democratic aide said today.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    Obama hopeful as fiscal meeting nears with top lawmakers

    President Barack Obama said lawmakers appear to have made progress on a deal to reopen the government and avert a looming default today as he prepared to meet congressional leaders with a Thursday deadline drawing near.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Obama, Congress search for way out as pressure rises in fiscal stalemate

    President Barack Obama today launched a series of White House meetings with lawmakers to search for a way to end a government shutdown and raise the debt limit.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    Obama, Republicans struggle to break fiscal deadlock

    President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders moved to end their fiscal impasse today, but struggled to strike a deal on the details for a short-term reopening of the federal government and an increase in the US borrowing limit.

  • 12/10/2013 | World

    US fiscal impasse dragged on, Obama steps up pressure on Republicans

    The US president pressured Republican lawmakers to agree to raise the debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    Obama climate adviser Zichal to step down

    President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate change, Heather Zichal, plans to step down in the next few weeks after five years at the White House, senior administration officials said today.

  • 08/10/2013 | World

    Obama would veto bill for new deficit-reduction panel - White House

    US President Barack Obama would veto a bill by the House of Representatives that would create a bipartisan panel to make recommendations on reducing the country's deficit and debt limit.

  • 08/10/2013 | World

    US to continue going after al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa, Obama says

    President Obama said that the United States will continue to go after al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa, but that is not the same as going to war there.

  • 06/10/2013 | World

    Boehner says US on path to default if Obama refuses to negotiate

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner has vowed not to raise the US debt ceiling without a "serious conversation" about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a US default.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    'Obama won't negotiate under threat of debt default'

    White House officials were firm today that President Barack Obama would not negotiate with congressional Republicans under the threat of a debt default and repeated that it is up to Congress to raise the US borrowing cap.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    Obama urges Congress to reopen government, avoid default

    President Barack Obama, in a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today to spotlight the loss of government services because of the shutdown, urged Congress to reopen government and raise the debt limit immediately.

  • 03/10/2013 | World

    Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei due to US government shutdown

    President Barack Obama has cancelled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei, the White House said in a statement, bowing to the reality that a US government shutdown impasse requires him to remain in Washington.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Obama would veto latest Republican spending bills

    The White House said today that President Barack Obama would veto the latest series of Republican spending bills designed to restart selected services amid the government shutdown, echoing veto threats made on similar House of Representatives measures earlier this week.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Obama says Iran a year or more from nuclear weapon capability

    The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released, although he described the estimate as "conservative."

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Bank CEOs warn of consequences from US shutdown, default

    Chief executives from major financial institutions met with President Barack Obama and warned of "adverse" consequences if government agencies remain closed and if lawmakers failed to raise the US debt ceiling by mid-October.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Obama, congressional leaders still deadlocked on shutdown

    President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders today in Congress to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough.

  • 03/10/2013 | World

    Obama blames Republican 'obsession' for government shutdown

    President Barack Obama ridiculed House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for refusing to allow a vote on a funding bill that would end a three-day government shutdown, saying the top Republican is in the grip of conservative "extremists."

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Obama blames gov't shutdown on 'ideological crusade'

    President Barack Obama today blamed Republicans for an "ideological crusade" aimed at his healthcare program and urged lawmakers to vote to keep government operations running without conditions.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Iran sanctions in US Senate delayed before Geneva talks

    Under pressure not to squeeze Iran too hard, the US Senate is unlikely to impose a fresh round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic until after Tehran holds nuclear talks with world powers later this month, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Obama cancels Asia trip to deal with budget impasse

    President Barack Obama today scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and left the remainder of the trip in doubt as a US government shutdown went into a second day with no end in sight to the funding battle in Congress that triggered it.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Syria compares militant onslaught to 9/11 attacks

    Syria's foreign minister has compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Obama, in phone call to Speaker Boehner, urges House to vote on funding bill, avoid shutdown

    Barack Obama has urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to back legislation to fund the government for six weeks and to vote on it quickly to avoid a government shutdown in hours.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Obama to gov't employees: 'shutdown completely preventable'

    President Barack Obama today told US government employees that the government shutdown was "completely preventable" and that he would try to get Congress to restart operations as soon as possible.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US Senate Democrats say they will defeat Obamacare delay

    Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay "Obamacare" health reforms today and send a "clean" bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Israel's Netanyahu urges Obama to keep sanctions in place on Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama today to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US gov't on brink of shutdown, Congress remains deadlocked

    US President Barack Obama has prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th-hour deal to avoid economic harm.

  • 25/09/2013 | World

    Iran says it wants to resolve nuclear row within months

    Iran's new government, stepping up a campaign to project a more moderate image abroad, said it wants to jump-start talks with world powers to resolve a decade-long dispute over its nuclear program and hoped for a deal in three to six months.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Obama speaks by phone to Iran's Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone, the highest-level contact since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear program.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Assad says Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad has affirmed.

  • 22/09/2013 | World

    Russia: West exploiting Syria deal to force Security Council ruling

    Russia has accused the West of trying to exploit a chemical weapons deal with Syria to push through a UN resolution threatening force against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Obama says diplomatic path toward Iran must be tested

    US President Barack Obama told the UN General Assembly today that there should be a basis for an agreement on Iran's nuclear ambitions but that the roadblocks will be difficult to overcome.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Obama urges UN to back consequences for Syria

    US President Barack Obama urged the United Nations to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to drop their backing of leader Bashar al-Assad.

  • 16/09/2013 | World

    Obama says will not negotiate with Congress on debt ceiling

    President Barack Obama said today he would not negotiate with Congress over whether to raise the US debt ceiling and chided Republicans for threatening to bring the government to a halt in an effort to repeal his signature healthcare reform law.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Kerry urges 'strong' UN resolution on Syria

    Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that the US-Russian agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons must be backed by a UN resolution with the teeth to force compliance from President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 19/09/2013 | World

    US says Obama open to meeting with Iran's Rouhani

    President Barack Obama is open to direct talks between Iran and the United States but only if Tehran is serious about getting rid of its nuclear weapons programme, the White House said.

  • 13/09/2013 | World

    US, Russia: 'We are committed to trying to work together' to end Syrian conflict

    Russia and the United States agreed today to push again for an international conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war as talks on removing chemical weapons raised hopes for broader negotiations.

  • 14/09/2013 | World

    Obama to mark 5-year anniversary of US financial crisis

    President Barack Obama will mark the five-year anniversary of the US financial crisis on Monday in an effort to move back to his domestic agenda after weeks of dealing with Syria.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    Assad government hails 'victory' in arms deal, troops attack

    Syria's government hailed as a "victory" a Russian-brokered deal that has averted US strikes, while President Barack Obama defended a chemical weapons pact that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil war.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US, Russia, other big powers to meet on Syria in New York

    Envoys from the five permanent UN Security Council member states will meet in New York today to discuss plans to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, diplomats said.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US: Diplomatic solution for Syria will take time

    The White House warned that a diplomatic solution over Syria would take "some time" and pledged to pursue talks despite skepticism from US lawmakers that Damascus would make good on a Russian plan to surrender its chemical weapons.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    'Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia'

    Syria's decision to cede control of its chemical weapons was the result of a Russian proposal, not the threat of US military intervention, Interfax news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a Russian television interview.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    US President Barack Obama has said that he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned US military strikes.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Syria backs chemical weapons plan while it bombs Damascus

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal today to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US strikes, while its warplanes bombed rebel positions in Damascus for the first time since the West threatened military action.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Syria says 'welcomes' Russian chemical arms arsenal proposal

    Syria said it "welcomed" a Russian proposal to place the nation's chemical weapons under control but stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    CFK on ‘vulture funds’: 'Go and ask Obama'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has spoken out about the US refusal to discuss Argentina’s dispute with the so-called ‘vulture funds’, during the G-20 meeting in Moscow, Russia.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    Obama stands firm on Syria air strikes, G20 summit divided

    US President Barack Obama defied pressure from fellow world leaders to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria, leaving deep divisions at a summit which overshadowed efforts today to revive the global economy.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    Obama appeals for backing to hit Syria

    President Barack Obama urged Americans to back him in launching an attack on Syria, as diplomatic pressure grew on the United States to wait for a UN report expected in a week's time before beginning military action.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Putin 'does not rule out' approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack would be illegal without UN support.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Pope Francis tells G20 leaders military solution in Syria 'futile'

    Pope Francis, in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the G20 conference, today urged world leaders to "lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution" in Syria.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Obama, Japan's Abe discuss Syria crisis at G20

    US President Barack Obama said today he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared the view that chemical weapons use in Syria was a violation of international law that must be addressed.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    Syria gas attack perpetrators must face justice, says Arab League

    The Arab League has determined that those behind the chemical attack in Syria should face international justice, and called on U.N. Security Council members to overcome their differences and take action to end the killing there.

  • 01/09/2013 | World

    US says sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry builds case for war

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday tests showed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus as he sought to build the case to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize a military strike against the Syrian government.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Obama wins support from leaders in Congress for Syria military strike

    President Barack Obama urged quick congressional action authorizing the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives for limited strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 25/08/2013 | World

    Syria lets UN inspect gas attack site, Washington says too late

    Syria has agreed to let the United Nations inspect the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack from Monday onwards, but a US official said any such offer would be "too late to be credible" and there was little doubt the government was to blame.

  • 26/08/2013 | World

    US seeks accountability for Syria gas attack, closer to military response

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has laid the groundwork for possible military action against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical weapons attack, implicating President Bashar al-Assad's forces in a "moral obscenity."

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    Thirty killed in heavy fighting in Syrian mountains

    Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal Akrad mountains overlooking the Mediterranean on Sunday and a monitoring group said at least 30 people were killed.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Syria attack prompts emergency UN security council meeting

    Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.

  • 22/07/2013 | World

    US congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebel forces

    President Barack Obama can go ahead with a plan for the United States to arm the struggling Syrian rebels after some congressional concerns were eased, a key Republican lawmaker said.

  • 30/07/2013 | World

    Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months

    Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a "positive" first round of talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

  • 31/07/2013 | World

    US releases documents on phone surveillance programs

    As US Congress increasingly scrutinizes surveillance programs, the US government today released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Obama says U.S. not aligned with any Egyptian party

    President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Egypt and said that the United States was not working with any particular Egyptian political party or group as the country reels from a military takeover.

  • 10/07/2013 | World

    US House Republicans divided on immigration reform

    Republicans in the US House of Representatives emerged from an immigration meeting divided over whether to help the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States, but eager to bolster border security.

  • 14/07/2013 | World

    Obama urges calm in wake of George Zimmerman verdict

    US President Barack Obama called for calm after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying his death was a tragedy and that the country should seek ways to stem gun violence.

  • 30/06/2013 | World

    Obama visits Mandela's former jail before South Africa speech

    US President Barack Obama visits a bleak former prison island off the coast of South Africa to pay tribute to ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela and set the stage for a speech urging Africans to strive for prosperity and democracy.

  • 01/07/2013 | World

    Obama says EU, all intelligence agencies seek info on each other

    US President Barack Obama played down a controversy over whether Washington had spied on its European allies, saying intelligence services around the world, including in the EU, seek additional insight beyond regular media reports.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    US to delay key health-reform provision to 2015

    The Obama administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law by a year, and past the next election.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    By meeting privacy board, Obama seeks to reassure public on spying

    By meeting a privacy oversight board today, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans worried about losing their privacy after revelations that the US government engaged in a vast monitoring of phone and Internet data.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama says shouldn't have to talk to Xi, Putin about Snowden

    President Barack Obama said today he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the US request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 28/06/2013 | World

    Obama sees 'moral imperative' to help feed Africa

    President Barack Obama, wrapping up the first leg of an African tour, said today Washington had a "moral imperative" to help the world's poorest continent feed itself and he then left for South Africa hoping to see ailing Nelson Mandela.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    Putin, Obama face off over Syria; rebels get Saudi missiles

    The leaders of Russia and the United States, now openly backing opposing sides in Syria's civil war, played down their differences after talks where tensions had clearly flared over the escalating conflict.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    G8 leaders call for peace talks as soon as possible to resolve Syrian civil war

    Global leaders called for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the Syrian civil war but they failed to mention the fate of President Bashar al-Assad in a final G8 summit communique.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    Obama wants to cut nuclear arms, seeks talks with Russia

    President Barack Obama wants to reduce deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third and revive negotiations with Russia to "move beyond Cold War nuclear postures", he said in a speech today in Berlin.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Immigration bill clears early test vote; Obama calls for action

    The US Senate overwhelmingly voted to begin consideration of a White House-backed bill to overhaul the US immigration system, burying a procedural roadblock that opponents regularly use to delay or kill legislation.

  • 16/06/2013 | World

    McDonough: 'Obama does not feel Americans' privacy violated'

    President Barack Obama does not believe the recently disclosed top-secret National Security Agency surveillance of phone records and Internet data has violated Americans' privacy rights, his chief of staff said.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    EU, US leaders launch free-trade talks

    The United States and European Union launched negotiations on one of the world's most ambitious free-trade agreements today, promising thousands of jobs and speedier growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • 10/06/2013 | World

    Obama names Jason Furman as new White House chief economist

    President Barack Obama nominated longtime adviser Jason Furman to be his new chief economist, elevating a former campaign aide and Clinton administration official to oversee an agency with wide influence over US economic policy.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Obama urges lawmakers to pass immigration reform this summer

    President Barack Obama today urged lawmakers who were "serious" about reforming the US immigration system to back the Senate's bill, saying there was no reason why Congress could not get the measure passed by the end of the summer.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    FBI probes two cases of ricin letters to Obama

    US authorities are investigating a Texas man over threatening letters containing a potentially deadly poison mailed to US President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a law enforcement official said today.

  • 07/06/2013 | World

    Obama: 'Nobody is listening to your telephone calls'

    President Barack Obama today staunchly defended US government programs conducting surveillance of Americans' phone and Internet activity, insisting that they were conducted with broad safeguards to protect against abuse.

  • 07/06/2013 | World

    Texas actress charged with sending ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg

    An actress who tried to blame her husband for sending ricin-laced letters to US President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been arrested in Texas after confessing to sending the letters herself, prosecutors said.

  • 26/05/2013 | World

    Obama visits Oklahoma town digging out after tornado devastation

    US President Barack Obama arrived in Moore, Oklahoma to tour the town that was hammered last week by a powerful tornado that killed 24 people and assure its residents that the federal government would provide long-term help.

  • 27/05/2013 | World

    'Our nation is still at war," Obama during Memorial Day ceremony

    President Barack Obama payed tribute today to fallen men and women of the US armed services during a Memorial Day ceremony in which he reminded Americans that the country was still at war.

  • 30/05/2013 | World

    Threatening letter sent to Obama, US Secret Service says

    Authorities intercepted a threatening letter addressed to President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Secret Service said today.

  • 21/05/2013 | World

    Obama lauds immigration bill vote, hopes for improvements

    President Barack Obama welcomed passage of a bill to reform US immigration policies by a Senate committee, describing it as consistent with the values he supported and well placed to fix a "broken" system.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Obama praises US Senate panel move on immigration bill

    President Barack Obama, who has made enactment of an immigration bill one of his top priorities for this year, praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's action, saying the bill was consistent with the goals he has expressed.

  • 23/05/2013 | World

    Obama limits use of US drone strikes, offers steps to close Guantanamo

    President Barack Obama shifted the United States away from a "boundless global war on terror," restricting deadly drone strikes abroad and signaling that America's long struggle against al Qaeda will one day end.

  • 18/05/2013 | World

    Obama highlights rapid reduction of US deficit

    US president Barack Obama talked about his belief in "rising and thriving" middle class as "the true engine of economic growth" at his ordinary weekly address. He said: "To continue to build on the progress we’ve made over the last four years, we need to invest in three areas: jobs, skills and opportunity."

  • 20/05/2013 | World

    AP chief says phone probe makes news sources reluctant to talk

    The Justice Department's seizure of phone records for journalists at the Associated Press is hurting the agency's ability to gather news, the wire service's Chief Executive and President Gary Pruitt said.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    Senate panel backs Obama labour nominee

    A Senate committee voted along party lines today to send President Barack Obama's controversial nominee for secretary of labour, Thomas Perez, to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    Obama says 'no apologies' over security leak probe

    President Barack Obama said today he makes "no apologies" for his concern about leaks to the media that could compromise US national security or put American military and intelligence officers at risk.

  • 17/05/2013 | World

    IRS chief declines to identify employees involved in scandal

    The outgoing head of the US Internal Revenue Service angered Republican lawmakers by resisting their demands that he identify who at the tax-collection agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

  • 30/04/2013 | World

    Obama renews vow to close Guantanamo detention camp

    Saying it was damaging to US interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo at Guantanamo, President Barack Obama renewed an old vow to close the camp, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in detention without trial.

  • 11/05/2013 | World

    White House reopened after brief evacuation

    White House offices were evacuated briefly when an electrical transformer near the West Wing malfunctioned and set off a smoke alarm, a White House official said. A Secret Service official said President Barack Obama had not been in the area at the time.

  • 13/05/2013 | World

    Obama: 'US working to establish facts on Syria chemical weapons use'

    US President Barack Obama said today the United States would keep increasing pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the "appalling violence" in Syria, and was still investigating the reported use of chemical weapons there.

  • 29/04/2013 | World

    Mississippi man to appear in federal court in ricin letters case

    A Mississippi martial arts instructor is expected to appear in a federal court today to face charges in connection with the mailing of letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President barack Obama and other US officials.

  • 29/04/2013 | World

    Obama stresses Syria chemical weapons worries in call with Putin

    President Barack Obama took US concerns about Syrian chemical weapons to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reaching out to one of the Syrian government's staunchest allies.

  • 30/04/2013 | World

    Obama signals won't rush to act against Syria over chemical arms

    President Barack Obama cautioned against a rush to judgment on whether Syria used chemical weapons against its own people in a sign he is going to take a deliberate approach to a problem that could lead to US military action.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    US drops charges against man in ricin letters case

    US prosecutors dropped charges against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and a US senator, according to a court order signed by a judge.

  • 28/04/2013 | World

    US lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria

    Republican senators pressed US President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles but should not send in ground troops.

  • 28/04/2013 | World

    Obama to nominate Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary

    President Barack Obama plans to nominate on Monday Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to be his next transportation secretary, a White House official said.

  • 19/04/2013 | World

    Obama gets White House Situation Room briefing on Boston manhunt

    President Barack Obama was briefed today by more than a dozen of his top advisors about developments in the Boston bombing investigation in the White House Situation Room, the White House said.

  • 19/04/2013 | World

    Obama says US to investigate if Boston bombings suspects had help

    President Barack Obama pledged that the United States will find out whether the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings received help.

  • 22/04/2013 | World

    Obama celebrates young inventors at White House science fair

    President Barack Obama hopped on a mountain bike that was mounted on blocks and pedaled away, taking part in a science experiment on how to filter unsafe drinking water during an emergency.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Obama: 'shameful' politics to blame for defeat of gun measure

    Joined by relatives of the victims of gun violence, President Barack Obama angrily blamed politics for the failure of gun control legislation and urged voters to send a message at the ballot box that they want stronger gun laws.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Obama: 'shameful' politics to blame for defeat of gun measure

    Joined by relatives of the victims of gun violence, US President Barack Obama angrily blamed politics for the failure of gun control legislation and urged voters to send a message at the ballot box that they want stronger gun laws.

  • 18/04/2013 | World

    Elvis impersonator charged over poison letter sent to Obama

    Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a Mississippi man, who worked as an Elvis impersonator, for threatening to harm President Barack Obama by sending him a letter that initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

  • 15/04/2013 | World

    Argentine ambassador to the US presents credentials to Obama

    The Argentine ambassador to the United States, Cecilia Nahón, presented her letters of credence to president Barack Obama, who said he hoped both countries would remain committed to a fruitful joint work with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in the G20.

  • 16/04/2013 | World

    Obama endorses bipartisan US immigration overhaul

    President Barack Obama embraced a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration system put forward by a bipartisan group of US senators, saying it was "largely consistent" with his own principles for immigration reform.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    FBI arrests Mississippi man as suspect in ricin letters

    The FBI said it arrested Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi, in connection with ricin letters sent to US officials, including President Barack Obama.

  • 10/04/2013 | World

    Key US senators announce deal on background checks for gun buyers

    A Democratic and a Republican senator said they had struck a deal to expand background checks for gun buyers, boosting prospects for passage in the Senate of at least some of President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals.

  • 15/04/2013 | World

    'US will hold accountable whoever carried out explosions,' Obama

    President Barack Obama vowed that the United States will find out who carried out explosions in Boston and will hold them accountable, and a White House official said the twin blasts are being treated as an "act of terror."

  • 15/04/2013 | World

    Obama, South Korean President Park to meet at White House on May 7

    President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on May 7 at the White House to discuss economic and security issues, including "countering the North Korean threat," the White House said.

  • 28/03/2013 | World

    Obama makes impassioned plea for gun control legislation

    President Barack Obama attempted to inject fresh momentum into efforts to pass gun-control legislation, pleading with US lawmakers not to forget those shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut three months ago.

  • 08/04/2013 | World

    Obama: 'America has lost a true friend'

    President Barack Obama mourned the late Margaret Thatcher today, saying "America has lost a true friend" who strengthened US ties with Britain and helped win the Cold War.

  • 08/04/2013 | World

    Obama makes 'last-ditch' push in Connecticut on gun control

    President Barack Obama, his voice rising with emotion, urged Americans to pile pressure on a reluctant Congress to approve new gun control legislation that is at risk of falling victim to Washington gridlock.

  • 18/03/2013 | World

    Obama's labour pick Perez faces Republican scrutiny

    President Barack Obama nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as labour secretary - a job that would give him a key role in the administration's efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration laws.

  • 21/03/2013 | World

    Obama says two-state solution 'still possible'

    US President Barack Obama said today he had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace."

  • 22/03/2013 | World

    Obama pays homage at symbolic Israeli sites on last day of visit

    US President Barack Obama visited Israel's most powerful national symbols, paying homage at the Holocaust memorial and the graves of the founder of modern Zionism and assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    World leaders congratulate new Pope

    Leaders across the world celebrated the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, considering it a "historical moment" and a fact that makes the "Church more universal than ever."

  • 17/03/2013 | World

    As drone monopoly frays, Obama seeks global rules

    President Barack Obama, who vastly expanded US drone strikes against terrorism suspects overseas under the cloak of secrecy, is now openly seeking to influence global guidelines for their use as China and other countries pursue their own drone programs.

  • 18/03/2013 | World

    Obama nominates Tom Perez as secretary of labour

    President Barack Obama today nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as labour secretary, a Cabinet member who will play a key role in the administration's efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration laws.

  • 05/03/2013 | World

    After Chávez, Obama says seeks 'constructive relationship' with Venezuela

    President Barack Obama today said the United States is interested in starting a new relationship with Venezuela after the death of its socialist president, Hugo Chávez.

  • 11/03/2013 | World

    What’s the deal with Obama and the Malvinas? US conservatives ask

    A video produced by US think tank "Heritage Foundation" addressed to US President Barack Obama intends to change the White House’s decision of not recognising the outcome of the Malvinas referendum.

  • 12/03/2013 | World

    Obama: More trade deals needed to help create jobs

    President Barack Obama said today that forging new trade deals with Europe and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region would be an important part of his second-term agenda to spur economic growth and create jobs.

  • 13/02/2013 | World

    EU, US agree to launch free trade talks

    The United States and the European Union agreed today to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create a free trade alliance that could be a benchmark for global partners to follow.

  • 27/02/2013 | World

    US leaders honour civil rights activist Rosa Parks with statue

    US leaders unveiled a statue of Rosa Parks today, briefly setting aside political differences to honour the civil rights heroine, who became the first black woman to have a monument inside the US Capitol.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    Obama to urge US high court to allow gay marriage in California

    In President Barack Obama's latest act in support of gay rights, his administration will urge the US Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, an administration official said today.

  • 03/02/2013 | World

    Obama: more tax revenue needed to address US deficit

    President Barack Obama said more tax revenue would be needed to reduce the US deficit and signaled he would push hard to get rid of loopholes such as the "carried interest" tax break enjoyed by private equity and hedge fund managers.

  • 07/02/2013 | World

    Obama open to 'big deal' on budget, but wants revenues

    US President Barack Obama told congressional Democrats today he is willing to agree to a "big deal" with Congress on spending cuts and tax reforms to end uncertainty over the budget deficit, but insisted that new revenues be part of the package.

  • 12/02/2013 | World

    Obama challenges divided Congress to back his job proposals

    President Barack Obama sketched an ambitious second-term agenda in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, challenging a divided Congress to back his proposals to create middle-class jobs and overhaul gun and immigration laws.

  • 28/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves $50.5 B Sandy aid package

    The US Senate today approved a $50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • 29/01/2013 | World

    Obama pushes Congress on immigration, split emerges

    US President Barack Obama pushed Congress today to overhaul the country's immigration system but disagreement with Republicans over securing the border with Mexico has already begun to sour bipartisan efforts.

  • 31/01/2013 | World

    Senators assail Obama's Pentagon nominee, question judgment

    Republican lawmakers harshly attacked Chuck Hagel at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next US defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.

  • 23/01/2013 | World

    US Congress passes Republican plan to extend debt limit

    The US House of Representatives today passed an extension of borrowing authority under the federal debt limit to May 19, putting the Republican plan on a fast track to enactment after top Senate Democrats endorsed it.

  • 24/01/2013 | World

    Obama taps former federal prosecutor to head SEC

    US President Barack Obama today nominated former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, picking a tough enforcement hand who more recently has defended Wall Street figures.

  • 25/01/2013 | World

    Obama to launch immigration push in Nevada next week

    US President Barack Obama plans to launch his second-term push for a US immigration overhaul during a visit to Nevada next week and will make it a high priority to win congressional approval of a reform package this year, the White House said today.

  • 20/01/2013 | World

    Obama starts second term in low-key White House ceremony

    President Barack Obama took the official oath for his second term at the White House in a small, private ceremony that set a more subdued tone compared to the historic start of his presidency four years ago.

  • 22/01/2013 | World

    White House: Obama would sign short-term debt limit increase

    The White House today welcomed signals by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives that they aim to pass a nearly four-month extension of the US debt limit, saying the move defuses fears of a damaging US debt default.

  • 10/01/2013 | World

    Biden draws NRA ire in drive against gun violence

    Vice President Joe Biden butted heads with the powerful National Rifle Association today in his drive to reduce US gun violence, drawing complaints from the lobby group that the White House is trying to limit constitutionally protected gun rights.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Obama says refusal to lift debt ceiling would trigger economic chaos

    Obama, at a news conference, said the US economy was poised for a good year as long as Washington politics did not interfere.

  • 16/01/2013 | World

    Obama unveils biggest gun-control push in decades

    US President Barack Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers today as he tried to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest US gun-control push in decades.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    NRA, video game makers to meet with Biden gun task force this week

    The powerful US gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, is slated to meet with US Vice-President Joe Biden as he considers recommendations on how to respond to a mass shooting last month in Newtown, Connecticut, the White House said today.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    Republican senator threatens to block Obama's CIA nominee

    A Republican US senator threatened today to block the confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA until the administration provides more information to Congress about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

  • 09/01/2013 | World

    Latina pioneer Solis resigning as US labour secretary

    Labour Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Latina to head a major US federal agency, announced plans to resign today, just as President Barack Obama faces questions about a lack of women in his second-term leadership team.

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    Obama to nominate Hagel for defence secretary, aide says

    President Barack Obama will nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be his defence secretary and an announcement could come on Monday, a Democratic congressional aide said.

  • 07/01/2013 | World

    Obama picks Hagel for defense, Brennan for CIA

    President Barack Obama nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, potentially setting up a Senate confirmation battle on two fronts and establishing a tough tone to start his second term.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    US does not rule out complete pullout from Afghanistan after 2014

    The Obama administration does not rule out a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after 2014, the White House said today, just days before President Barack Obama is due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • 30/12/2012 | World

    Obama says failure to reach fiscal deal would hurt markets

    Financial markets would be affected adversely if US lawmakers fail to agree on a "fiscal cliff" deal before Tuesday, President Barack Obama said in an interview, while urging Congress to act quickly to extend tax cuts for middle-class Americans.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves 'fiscal cliff' deal, crisis eased

    The Senate moved the US economy back from the edge of a "fiscal cliff" , voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives.

  • 05/01/2013 | World

    Obama says US can't afford more showdowns over debt, deficits

    Fresh from the long legislative fight to prevent a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, President Barack Obama warned on Saturday that the United States could not afford further budget showdowns this year or in the future.

  • 26/12/2012 | World

    Washington stirs to prevent 'fiscal cliff' as Obama heads home

    Efforts to prevent the US economy from going over a "fiscal cliff" stirred back to life today with less than a week to go before potentially disastrous tax hikes and spending cuts kick in at the New Year.

  • 28/12/2012 | World

    Maine gets set to ring wedding bells for same-sex couples

    Same-sex couples in Maine were counting down the hours today until the first wedding bells were due to ring, less than two months after state residents approved gay marriage in a historic vote.

  • 28/12/2012 | World

    Obama: 'modestly optimistic' fiscal cliff deal can be reached

    US President Barack Obama held out hope for a last-minute agreement to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts after a meeting with congressional leaders, scolding Congress for leaving the problem unresolved until the eleventh hour.

  • 20/12/2012 | World

    Boehner abandons fiscal cliff plan as Republicans defect

    US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner faced an embarrassing setback today when he failed to unite his Republican lawmakers behind an effort designed to extract concessions from President Barack Obama in year-end "fiscal cliff" talks.

  • 21/12/2012 | World

    Obama urges US citizens to keep fighting for tighter gun controls

    President Barack Obama urged Americans today to keep up the pressure on lawmakers to tighten gun regulations as a result of the mass shooting of 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago.

  • 21/12/2012 | World

    Obama announces John Kerry nomination for secretary of state

    President Barack Obama on Friday nominated US Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, marking his first major step in the overhaul of his national security team on the cusp of his second term.

  • 18/12/2012 | World

    Obama backs Feinstein bid to reinstate assault-weapons ban

    President Barack Obama supports US Senator Dianne Feinstein's effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault-weapons ban and would also back any legislation looking to close a loophole in gun-show sales, the White House spokesman said.

  • 19/12/2012 | World

    Obama named TIME magazine's Person of the Year

    US President Barack Obama was named TIME's Person of the Year for 2012, citing his historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation's changing demographics amid the backdrop of high unemployment and other challenges.

  • 19/12/2012 | World

    Obama threatens veto to 'fiscal cliff'

    The conflict over the stalled "fiscal cliff" talks grew more heated today and threatened to become even more so Thursday when the action is expected to shift for the first time to the floor of the US House of Representatives.

  • 17/12/2012 | World

    Funerals begin for Connecticut victims as schools confront tragedy

    The small Connecticut town shattered by an act President Barack Obama called "unconscionable evil," holds the first two of 20 funerals for schoolchildren massacred in their classrooms last week.

  • 17/12/2012 | World

    Boehner and Obama conclude latest fiscal talks, no word of progress

    US President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner met at White House for about 45 minutes today, but there was no word of any progress in their bid to avert the looming "fiscal cliff," an aide said.

  • 14/12/2012 | World

    'Obama remains committed to trying to renew a ban on assault weapons'

    President Barack Obama has been notified about the "tragic" shooting incident at an elementary school in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said.

  • 14/12/2012 | World

    Tearful Obama calls for action after school shooting

    A tearful US President Barack Obama expressed "overwhelming grief" today for the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called on US citizens to set aside politics and take "meaningful action" to prevent further tragedies of this kind.

  • 15/12/2012 | World

    Obama urges solidarity as US mourns shooting victims

    President Barack Obama urged Americans today to join in solidarity as they mourn the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, saying the hearts of parents across the country were "heavy with hurt" for the lives lost.

  • 11/12/2012 | World

    Yale names new toothy dinosaur Obamadon after smiling president

    Researchers at Yale University have named a newly discovered dinosaur 'Obamadon gracilis' in honor of the 44th president's toothy grin.

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Obama, Boehner hold 'frank' meeting amid 'fiscal cliff' frustration

    President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner held a "frank" face-to-face meeting in an effort to break an impasse in talks to avert the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax increases and spending cuts.

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

    Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of US President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state today in the face of what promised to be a contentious Senate confirmation battle.

  • 08/12/2012 | World

    Obama ready to work with Republicans to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

    President Barack Obama, accused by Republican House Speaker John Boehner of pushing the country toward the "fiscal cliff," said he was ready to work with congressional Republicans.

  • 09/12/2012 | World

    Obama meets with Boehner on fiscal cliff

    US President Barack Obama met with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner at the White House to negotiate ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to White House officials and a congressional aide.

  • 10/12/2012 | World

    US 'fiscal cliff' talks fail to reach common ground

    The White House and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's office held more negotiations today on ways to break the "fiscal cliff" stalemate, although neither side showed any public signs that they were ready to give ground.

  • 29/11/2012 | World

    Obama hosts election rival, Romney, for lunch

    Republican Mitt Romney fell short in his White House bid but he got a consolation prize of sorts today as US President Barack Obama had him over for lunch in an attempt to display some political harmony in the bitterly divided capital.

  • 06/12/2012 | World

    With focus on opposition, US races against time on Syria

    The United States is racing to finalize elements of its Syria strategy, planning new steps to shape and strengthen the still-fragmented opposition as signs build that the country is nearing a tipping point in the 20-month rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 07/12/2012 | World

    Obama seeks $60.4 bln for Sandy storm repairs

    US President Barack Obama asked Congress today to approve a $60.4 billion aid package to help East Coast states rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, well short of their initial requests.

  • 19/11/2012 | World

    Obama offers praise, pressure on historic Myanmar trip

    Barack Obama became the first American president to visit Myanmar, using a six-hour trip to balance US praise for the government's progress in shaking off military rule with pressure to complete the process of democratic reform.

  • 27/11/2012 | World

    Mexico's Peña Nieto backs Obama immigration reform push

    Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto backed President Barack Obama's planned push for US immigration reform, pledged cooperation on border security and promised efforts to reduce violence in his own country.

  • 28/11/2012 | World

    Obama takes 'fiscal cliff' battle to Twitter

    US President Barack Obama opened a new front in the battle between Democrats and Republicans over the best way to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff" - Twitter.

  • 14/11/2012 | World

    Obama calls for rich to pay more, keep middle-class cuts

    President Barack Obama today pushed for his proposal to have the wealthy pay more in taxes as a way to tame the federal deficit, taking a hard line in his opening bid before he begins fiscal talks with US lawmakers later in the week.

  • 18/11/2012 | World

    Obama in Thailand on first post-election trip abroad

    President Barack Obama kicked off a three-country Asian tour with a visit to Thailand, using his first post-election trek overseas to try to show he is serious about shifting the US strategic focus eastwards.

  • 09/11/2012 | World

    Obama plans 'fiscal cliff' statement

    President Barack Obama will join the battle over the US "fiscal cliff" today for the first time since voters gave him a second term in office.

  • 09/11/2012 | World

    CIA Director Petraeus resigns

    President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, praised him as as one of the most outstanding generals of his generation and expressed confidence that the intelligence agency would continue to thrive

  • 12/11/2012 | World

    US Congress comes back to confront 'fiscal cliff'

    Amid a global fright over Washington's political brinkmanship, US lawmakers return to the capital tomorrow with a seven-week deadline to reach agreement on scheduled tax hikes and budget cuts that threaten to trigger another recession.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    World leaders respond to Obama election victory

    After President Barack Obama's re-election, world leaders expressed hope for stronger cooperation with the United States on issues ranging from the struggle against Islamic extremism to international trade.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    Fitch threatens to downgrade Obama's US

    In the midst of the honeymoon of the reelection of US President Barack Obama, Fitch Ratings agency called the newly appointed head of state to quickly "secure agreement on avoiding the 'fiscal cliff' and raising the debt ceiling," to retain its "AAA" status.

  • 08/11/2012 | World

    New York lights up blue after Obama win

    By Adrian Bono, special correspondent in New York.- Marked by the rythm of U2's "City of blinding lights," President Barack Obama's campaign theme, New York City celebrated the "Four more years" to come.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    'You voted for action, not politics as usual,' Obama

    After scoring a clear win over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in yesterday's vote, President Barack Obama immediately pledged to reach across America's political divide and seek deals on stubborn issues that dogged his first term.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    Obama's speech in full

    US President Barack Obama won re-election today defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney, giving an epic speech before thousands of supporters at a convention center in Chicago, the president's hometown.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    On election day, Obama plays basketball while Romney still campaigning

    On election day and in the last hours of voting, President Barack Obama followed an old tradition while his rival Mitt Romney was still campaigning.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Despite low temps, New Yorkers stood in line for hours to vote

    By Adrián Bono, Special Correspondent in NY.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    US election intensely followed via Twitter

    The US presidential election votes counts had an intense aftermath in Twitter, as the social network registered more than 11 million tweets over the election a few hours after the polls closed in the East Coast.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Barack Obama re-elected

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney solutions to stimulating the economy

    The health of the US economy has been central to the campaign for the White House, with both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney seeking to convince voters they have a plan to usher in faster growth and job creation.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Obama congratulates Romney on 'spirited campaign'

    President Barack Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers.

  • 04/11/2012 | World

    US storm victims face housing crisis as cold snap hits

    A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of superstorm Sandy struggled without heat in near-freezing temperatures on Sunday and nearly 1 million people in neighboring New Jersey shivered in the dark without power.

  • 04/11/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney approach photo-finish election day

    The race for the White House remained in essentially a dead heat ahead of Tuesday's election but US President Barack Obama holds a slim edge over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the key state of Ohio, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released today.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Emotional Obama ends campaign in Iowa with call for change

    An emotional President Barack Obama ended his final campaign in Iowa, the place that launched his first White House bid and that could hold the key to his political future.

  • 01/11/2012 | World

    Bloomberg endorses Obama for a second term, climate change a focus

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, citing the importance of his record on climate change, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating blow dealt to the New York area by storm Sandy.

  • 02/11/2012 | World

    Jobless report stirs US presidential campaign once more

    US presidential contender Mitt Romney came on stage today after the Labor Department announced new jobless figures. The Republican said the US economy was at a "virtual standstill" while the White House stressed the economy was continuing to heal.

  • 03/11/2012 | World

    Romney, Obama make final push

    Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama hopscotched across the country on Saturday in a final push to squeeze out victory from the handful of states that will decide Tuesday's presidential election.

  • 31/10/2012 | World

    Obama will return to campaign trail tomorrow

    US President Barack Obama will return to active campaigning tomorrow with a trip to the battleground state of Nevada, the White House said in a statement.

  • 31/10/2012 | World

    Red State: Obama campaign's efforts to reclaim Florida

    By Adrian Bono, special correspondent in Miami.

  • 01/11/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney go back on attack as campaign hits final stretch

    US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney went back on the attack, breaking a storm-induced campaign truce to hit the road and pound home their closing messages in the final stretch of a tight battle for the White House.

  • 25/10/2012 | World

    Barack Obama casts early vote in Chicago

    US president Barack Obama cast his early vote in a Chicago community centre as the homestretch for the presidential elections begins.

  • 28/10/2012 | World

    Obama cancels stops in Virginia, Colorado because of storm

    President Barack Obama is canceling campaign stops in Virginia and Colorado early next week because of the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy and will instead monitor the storm from the White House, his spokesman said.

  • 30/10/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney put aside campaign for storm relief - for now

    US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House, as they avoided politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of citizens struggling to recover.

  • 23/10/2012 | World

    Obama takes final debate, poll

    President Obama scored a clear two-to-one victory against Mitt Romney during the final presidential debate, according to an instant poll of uncommitted voters.

  • 23/10/2012 | World

    Obama holds narrow edge two weeks ahead of election

    President Barack Obama pulled slightly ahead of Republican Mitt Romney in a daily tracking poll, but the race remained essentially tied with two weeks to go until the Nov. 6 election.

  • 24/10/2012 | World

    Obama offers a glimpse of his second-term priorities

    US President Barack Obama predicted passage of immigration reform and a deficit-reduction deal, offering a fresh glimpse of his second-term agenda as he fights for votes in the final stretch of the tight race for the White House.

  • 16/10/2012 | World

    Obama gets tough on Romney in debate rematch

    US President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney clashed repeatedly on jobs, energy and Libya in their second debate, with Obama moving aggressively to challenge his opponent.

  • 17/10/2012 | World

    Voters say Obama beat Romney in second debate

    US voters say that President Barack Obama performed better than Republican rival Mitt Romney by a substantial margin in their second debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

  • 22/10/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney clash over foreign policy in last debate

    US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over US military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate as polls showed them in deadlock two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

  • 14/10/2012 | World

    Obama grabs wide lead among those who've already voted

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are neck and neck in opinion polls, but there is one area in which the incumbent appears to have a big advantage: those who have already cast their ballots.

  • 14/10/2012 | World

    Obama says debate prep going great, works on being aggressive

    US President Barack Obama said his debate preparation was "going great" and aides said the Democrat would be more aggressive in his next face off with Mitt Romney after their last encounter gave the Republican challenger a boost.

  • 15/10/2012 | World

    Romney raised $170 million in September, trails Obama

    US Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and his allies raised $170.5 million in September, the campaign said, falling just short of the 2012 fundraising record set last month by Democratic rival President Barack Obama.

  • 12/10/2012 | World

    Fiery Biden sets stage for Obama recovery attempt

    Joe Biden's spirited performance in the vice presidential debate had Republicans criticizing him for snide grins and a comment on Libya, but it set the stage for President Barack Obama to try to regain his footing during a rematch with challenger Mitt Romney next Tuesday.

  • 12/10/2012 | World

    'Million Muppet March' planned to defend US backing for PBS

    Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on US public television's "Sesame Street," from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the "Million Muppet March."

  • 13/10/2012 | World

    Romney hits Obama on China policies, vows action

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney today accused President Barack Obama of failing to "stand up to China" after the US Treasury put off releasing a politically sensitive report on the currency policies of major US trading partners.

  • 08/10/2012 | World

    Romney casts Obama's foreign policy as weak, dangerous

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping critique of US President Barack Obama's handling of threats in the Middle East, saying Obama's lack of leadership had made the volatile region more dangerous.

  • 09/10/2012 | World

    Obama and Romney now tied in US presidential race

    Republican Mitt Romney has erased US President Barack Obama's advantage in the race for the White House and the two candidates are now tied among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released.

  • 11/10/2012 | World

    New poll shows Romney extends lead over Obama

    Republican challenger Mitt Romney has extended his lead over President Barack Obama to 3 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released today, ahead of a high-stakes debate between the two candidates' running mates.

  • 04/10/2012 | World

    Romney goes on offensive in first debate with Obama

    Mitt Romney battled back in his uphill drive to oust President Barack Obama with an aggressive debate performance that put his campaign on a more positive footing after weeks of stumbles and knocked Obama off-stride.

  • 05/10/2012 | World

    US jobless rate drops to lowest point in 4 years

    The Labor Department said today the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest point since January 2009.

  • 07/10/2012 | World

    Romney close behind Obama after debate, jobs report

    According to a new poll, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stayed within striking distance of President Barack Obama, two-points behind the Democrat for the third straight day after winning last week's debate in Denver.

  • 28/09/2012 | World

    Obama, Netanyahu seek to get past Iran differences

    US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a show of unity on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, seeking to tone down the acrimony between the two leaders that has become an issue in the final stretch of the US presidential race.

  • 29/09/2012 | World

    US vice presidential candidates seek votes

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Paul Ryan sought votes in political battleground states today while their running mates took a day off the campaign trail ahead of a potentially make-or-break debate next week.

  • 03/10/2012 | World

    Obama and Romney battle over economy at debate

    Mitt Romney accused US President Barack Obama on Wednesday of promoting "trickle-down government" policies that are burdening the US economy, as the Republican candidate sought to use a high-stakes debate to right his struggling campaign before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

  • 24/09/2012 | World

    'Those who say the presidential race is over are completely wrong'

    By Adrián Bono
    In an interview with the BuenosAiresHerald.com, former John Mc Cain presidential campaign manager and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt says that despite a recent series of faux pas in the Romney camp, the presidential race is far from over.

  • 25/09/2012 | World

    'It's time to isolate those who made hatred of the US a political principle'

    US President Barack Obama today addressed the United Nations General Assembly and accused Iran of helping to keep a dicatorship in power in Syria.

  • 27/09/2012 | World

    Netanyahu draws 'red line' on Iranian nuclear program

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb - and voiced confidence that the United States shares his view.

  • 13/09/2012 | World

    Romney says US seems 'at the mercy of events' in world

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's handling of foreign policy after four Americans were killed in Libya, saying the United States seems at the mercy of world events.

  • 14/09/2012 | World

    White House denies any previous information on Libya attack

    US President Barack Obama's administration said today there was no "actionable intelligence" in advance about the attack on the US consulate in Libya.

  • 23/09/2012 | World

    Obama thanks Egypt's president over embassy protection

    President Barack Obama has thanked the Egyptian president for securing the US Embassy during protests against a film made in the United States that mocked Prophet Mohammad and sparked worldwide demonstrations and violence.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    Pizza place owner faces boycott over Obama hug

    By Adrian Bono - A Republican store owner in Florida who made global headlines after giving a bear-hug to President Barack Obama is now dealing with backlash from fellow party members who feel betrayed by his actions. “I don't regret a thing I did,” he told the BuenosAiresHerald.com.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    Obama, Netanyahu speak, 'united' on Iran

    US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program and reaffirmed their united determination to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the White House said.

  • 12/09/2012 | World

    Obama slams Romney over criticism on Mideast attacks

    President Barack Obama accused Mitt Romney of having a tendency "to shoot first and aim later" in response to the Republican candidate's criticism of the White House for its handling of violent attacks on US diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt.

  • 07/09/2012 | World

    Obama: ‘We need to create more jobs faster’

    US President Barack Obama said today the labor market is not hiring workers fast enough, following the release of a government report that showed weaker-than-expected employment figures.

  • 09/09/2012 | World

    Obama maintains post-convention lead over Romney

    President Barack Obama remained ahead of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a poll released on Sunday, maintaining a boost in popularity that followed the Democratic National Convention.

  • 10/09/2012 | World

    Obama to visit Pentagon memorial on anniversary of 9/11

    US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will visit the Pentagon memorial in remembrance of the 9/11 victims and the military hospital Walter Reed as Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the nation’s worst terrorist attacks, the White House said.

  • 04/09/2012 | World

    Democrats attack Romney, defend Obama at convention

    Democrats launched a vigorous defence of President Barack Obama and urged voters to give him another term to fix the economy as they opened their national convention with sharp criticism of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.

  • 05/09/2012 | World

    Bill Clinton makes case for Obama re-election

    Former President Bill Clinton rallied to the defence of a one-time adversary, arguing that US President Barack Obama cannot be blamed for a bad economy he inherited and must be re-elected to restore strong growth and create jobs.

  • 06/09/2012 | World

    Obama unites hope with realism in pitch for re-election

    US President Barack Obama asked US citizens for patience in rebuilding the weak economy as he appealed for a new term in office and defiantly rejected Republican Mitt Romney's proposals to restore growth.

  • 28/08/2012 | World

    Obama calls Gulf Coast residents to take Isaac tropical storm 'seriously'

    President Barack Obama warned residents of the Gulf Coast today that there could be significant flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac and encouraged people to evacuate if instructed by authorities to do so.

  • 01/09/2012 | World

    Obama says Republican ideas from 'last century'

    President Barack Obama tried to bolster his re-election campaign today with a fierce critique of the Republicans' convention and a plea to supporters to cast their ballots as early as possible.

  • 03/09/2012 | World

    Obama, on eve of convention, tours storm-hit Louisiana

    US President Barack Obama visited Louisiana for a first-hand look at the damage from Hurricane Isaac, seeking to show his administration was on top of the relief effort on the eve of his Democrats' national convention in North Carolina.

  • 22/08/2012 | World

    Fed ready to ease 'fairly soon,' minutes show

    The Federal Reserve is likely to deliver another round of monetary stimulus "fairly soon" unless the economy improves considerably, minutes from the central bank's August meeting show.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    US jobless claims rise to highest level in five weeks

    The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, suggesting the labor market is healing too slowly to make much of a dent in the unemployment rate.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    Fed official says economy data has improved in recent weeks

    A Federal Reserve official today leaned against the impression that the US central bank was locked into easing monetary policy at its meeting next month, noting that economic data had improved in recent weeks.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    Obama takes aim at Republicans in surprise press conference

    US President Barack Obama slammed Republicans over taxes and women's rights in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room that was meant to undercut his rivals on what was already a bad news day for them.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    US sends al-Assad invasion warning

    US forces could move against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Barack Obama warned, notably if he deploys his chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.

  • 21/08/2012 | World

    Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

    Russia warned the West against unilateral action on Syria, a day after US President Barack Obama threatened "enormous consequences" if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

  • 13/08/2012 | World

    First woman to moderate US presidential debate in 20 years

    CNN's Candy Crowley will become the first woman in 20 years to moderate a US presidential debate when she questions US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney in October.

  • 14/08/2012 | World

    Romney, Obama in rare battle over energy policy

    Republican Mitt Romney vowed to step up coal production and US President Barack Obama mocked him for opposing a windmill tax credit, in a rare debate over energy policy on the campaign trail.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    'Obama's campaign is all about division and hatred,' Romney

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama again for running a campaign that was "all about division and attack and hatred."

  • 08/08/2012 | World

    Obama's lead over Romney grows despite voters' pessimism

    US citizens are increasingly pessimistic about the future but voters do not seem to be holding it against Democratic President Barack Obama, who slightly expanded his lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney this month, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll says.

  • 10/08/2012 | World

    At Ramadan dinner, Obama calls Clinton aide a 'patriot'

    US President Barack Obama called Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an "American patriot" after a group of Republican lawmakers accused her of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization.

  • 13/08/2012 | World

    Obama announces measures to soothe drought pain, attacks Ryan

    US President Barack Obama announced an emergency purchase of up to $170 million of meat and fish on a campaign trip to drought-hit Iowa, and accused Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of blocking disaster aid to farmers.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    Obama urges 'soul searching' on ways to reduce gun violence

    US President Barack Obama said that mass killings like the weekend shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were happening with "too much regularity" and should prompt soul searching by all Americans on ways to reduce gun violence.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    Romney, Republicans again outraise Obama in July

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee raised $101.3 million in July, once again outpacing President Barack Obama and Democrats with a big month of financial strength ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

  • 07/08/2012 | World

    Romney opens attack on Obama over welfare law

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new line of attack on President Barack Obama for waiving parts of a landmark welfare-to-work law, but Obama's team argued Romney had backed a similar move as Massachusetts governor.

  • 31/07/2012 | World

    Obama tightens sanctions on Iran energy, finance

    President Barack Obama announced new US sanctions against Iran's energy, petrochemical and financial sectors today that he said would further pressure the country for failing to meet international nuclear obligations.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    US House approves new Iran sanctions on oil, shipping sectors

    The US House of Representatives passed a new package of sanctions against Iran that aim to punish banks, insurance companies and shippers that help Tehran sell its oil.

  • 04/08/2012 | World

    Obama kicks off 51st birthday on golf course

    US President Barack Obama celebrated his 51st birthday on Saturday with a round of golf, then was to head to the Camp David presidential retreat for a quiet evening away from the campaign trail

  • 22/07/2012 | World

    Obama visits Colorado, tries to comfort shooting spree victims

    President Barack Obama traveled to Colorado and offered hope and comfort to victims of the gunman who killed 12 people and wounded 58 in a Denver-area movie theater.

  • 24/07/2012 | World

    Romney accuses Obama of weakness abroad, leaks

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of weakness in the face of US adversaries and promised he would be firm against Iran and China as he prepares to head overseas to boost his foreign policy credentials.

  • 27/07/2012 | World

    White House lowers growth forecasts, brightens jobs picture

    The White House cut its outlook for US growth in 2012 and 2013, hours after data showed the economy grew at a tepid pace in the second quarter, raising concerns about a slowdown that could mar President Barack Obama's re-election chances.

  • 14/07/2012 | World

    US President Obama rallies supporters in Virginia

    President Barack Obama, soaked to the skin as he rallied supporters during a downpour in the election battleground state of Virginia today, kept up his attack on Republican Mitt Romney as the rhetoric hardened on both sides.

  • 15/07/2012 | World

    Obama says he won't apologize for Bain attacks

    US President Barack Obama will not apologize to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for raising questions about his tenure and the timing of his departure from private equity firm Bain Capital, the Democrat said in an interview published.

  • 20/07/2012 | World

    Obama: Colorado shooting reminds us of how we are united

    President Barack Obama, in a short but moving speech in which he spoke as the parent of two young daughters, said he was putting aside his re-election campaign today to focus on the tragedy of a deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

  • 10/07/2012 | World

    Obama expands lead on Romney, voters more optimistic

    President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

  • 11/07/2012 | World

    US House vote to repeal Obama healthcare law

    The Republican-led US House of Representatives, on a near party-line vote of 2 44- 1 85, passed a bill to repeal President Barack Obama's overhaul of the US healthcare system.

  • 13/07/2012 | World

    Romney demands Obama apology over Bain attacks

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney demanded President Barack Obama apologize for his campaign's assault over Romney's time at a private equity firm that outsourced US jobs, as he tried to recover from a week-long pounding on the issue.

  • 25/06/2012 | World

    US Supreme Court upholds key part of Arizona immigration law

    The US Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants today, rejecting the Obama administration's stance that only the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws in the United States.

  • 28/06/2012 | World

    US top court upholds key Obama healthcare law

    A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.

  • 08/07/2012 | World

    Obama team targets Romney over taxes, Republicans cry foul

    President Barack Obama's campaign and top Democrats called on Mitt Romney to release more personal tax records and raised questions about his offshore assets that the Republican challenger's campaign condemned as an "unseemly and disgusting" character assault.

  • 15/06/2012 | World

    US relaxes deportation rules for young people

    The Obama administration announced it would relax enforcement of deportation rules for young people brought to the United States without legal status, a shift in immigration policy that could be designed to appeal to Hispanics in an election year.

  • 18/06/2012 | World

    G20 ramps up pressure on Europe over debt crisis

    World leaders pressured Europe to take ambitious new steps to resolve its debt crisis after a victory for pro-bailout parties in a Greek election failed to calm markets or ease worries that wider turmoil could derail the global economy.

  • 18/06/2012 | World

    Obama, Putin say Syria violence must end, no plan agreed

    US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the violence in Syria has to end but they offered no new solutions and showed no signs of reaching a deal on tougher sanctions against Damascus.

  • 08/06/2012 | World

    Obama urges Europe to act quickly on crisis

    President Barack Obama said that European leaders face an "urgent need to act" to resolve the region's financial crisis as the threat of a renewed recession there spells dangers for an anemic US recovery five months before elections.

  • 10/06/2012 | World

    Republicans renew attacks on Obama administration over leaks

    US Republicans renewed their attacks on the Obama administration over suspected leaks of classified security information, with one influential senator saying the Justice Department should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.

  • 12/06/2012 | World

    Obama, after tough week, defends record on economy

    US President Barack Obama stoutly defended his economic record after a stream of bad news - and an uncharacteristic verbal misstep of his own - rallied Republican hopes that they can defeat him in November.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    Romney clinches US Republican presidential nomination

    Mitt Romney clinched the US Republican presidential nomination with a resounding victory in Texas and now faces a five-month sprint to convince voters to trust him over Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

  • 01/06/2012 | World

    Obama blames Europe, energy prices for slow US job growth

    US President Barack Obama said the US economy was still fighting its way back to full health and was not yet growing or creating jobs fast enough, blaming high gasoline prices and headwinds from Europe's economic crisis for the lag.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    White House: Obama still opposes extending Bush-era tax cuts for rich

    President Barack Obama continues to oppose extending Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier US citizens, the White House said today, shrugging off calls from some Democrats for a temporary extension to make more time for a deal on deficits.

  • 22/05/2012 | World

    White House said to give inside access for bin Laden film

    The Obama administration arranged for two Hollywood filmmakers to get special access to government officials involved in the commando operation that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a conservative legal group that posted internal government documents on its website.

  • 28/05/2012 | World

    Obama pledges no more wars unless 'absolutely necessary'

    President Barack Obama honored veterans today by noting "the light of a new day" of having US troops home from Iraq and returning soon from Afghanistan, while promising not to send soldiers back to war without a clear need.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    Obama honors Dylan, Morrison for 'incredible impact'

    US President Barack Obama gave the United States' top civilian honor to musician Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morrison and 11 other people he said have had an "incredible impact" on society through their words and actions.

  • 11/05/2012 | World

    Gay marriage moves closer to US Supreme Court

    Two big cases addressing marriage rights for gays and lesbians are on track to reach the US Supreme Court as soon as this year, keeping the focus on an issue President Barack Obama reignited with his endorsement this week.

  • 14/05/2012 | World

    Ron Paul stops campaigning for White House

    US Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul effectively ended his White House bid, saying he would no longer campaign actively in states that have yet to hold primary elections.

  • 15/05/2012 | World

    Obama issues veto threat against House defence bill

    US President Barack Obama threatened to veto a defence policy bill in the House of Representatives that would authorize higher Pentagon spending and tie his hands on national security issues from nuclear arms reductions to handling war detainees.

  • 02/05/2012 | World

    Car bomb kills six after Obama leaves Afghan capital

    A car bomb exploded outside a compound housing Westerners in Kabul today hours after President Barack Obama signed a security pact during a short visit to a city that remains vulnerable to a resilient insurgency.

  • 05/05/2012 | World

    Obama kicks off campaigning in must-win states

    President Barack Obama held his first political rallies of the 2012 presidential race today, targeting two swing states that could be critical to his bid to retain the White House.

  • 09/05/2012 | World

    Obama makes history: 'Same sex couples should be able to marry'

    US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he believed same-sex couples should be allowed to get married, marking a shift in his evolving position on the issue that is likely to please his political base and upset conservatives.

  • 29/04/2012 | World

    Obama jabs at Romney at White House Correspondents' dinner

    President Barack Obama poked fun at his likely presidential rival Mitt Romney and Republican opponents in Congress, including a dig at Romney's treatment of a pet dog, at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killing

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Monday he definitely would have ordered the US military strike that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden if he had been president.

  • 01/05/2012 | World

    Obama in Afghanistan on anniversary of bin Laden's death

    US President Barack Obama made a speedy, unannounced trip to Afghanistan to sign a strategic pact with Kabul and send a dual election-year message that the United States is winding down the Afghan war but not abandoning the country.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Obama wants probe of photos of troops with dead Afghans; Panetta apologizes

    President Barack Obama wants an investigation into photographs that have surfaced of US soldiers posing with the bodies of dead Afghan insurgents and that those responsible be held accountable, the White House said today.

  • 26/04/2012 | World

    CIA document over order to ‘capture’ Bin Laden unveiled

    A US magazine published a memorandum document from former CIA head and current Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta which states the green light given by President Barack Obama to launch a secret military raid to ‘capture’ Osama Bin Laden that ended with the death of the Al Qaeda leader.

  • 27/04/2012 | World

    Romney keeps focus on economy despite Obama attacks

    White House candidate Mitt Romney kept his focus on attacking President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, in the face of Democrats' attempts to paint the Republican hopeful as weak on national security.

  • 15/04/2012 | World

    Obama says more Iran sanctions coming if talks drag

    US President Barack Obama said there would be more sanctions imposed on Iran if there is no breakthrough in nuclear talks with global powers in the coming months, responding to Israeli accusations that Tehran has been given a "freebie."

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Obama praises Kim, calls World Bank process transparent

    US President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the selection of Jim Yong Kim as president of the World Bank, saying the selection process had been "open and transparent" and praising the man he proposed for the post for being an inclusive leader.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Palestinians to deliver Netanyahu ultimatum on talks

    The Palestinian prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.

  • 10/04/2012 | World

    White House warns North Korea over missile launch

    The White House warned North Korea that its planned long-range missile launch would be a flagrant breach of the impoverished country's international obligations and would jeopardize food aid from Washington.

  • 12/04/2012 | World

    Obama, Sarkozy discuss oil market conditions

    US President Barack Obama discussed conditions on world oil markets during a video conference today with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the White House said.

  • 15/04/2012 | World

    Scandal mars Obama's wooing of Latin America

    A prostitution scandal involving US security personnel in Colombia and an unprecedented regional push to end the isolation of Cuba threatened to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.

  • 04/04/2012 | World

    Obama signs insider trading bill, calls for stricter control on lawmakers

    President Barack Obama called today for stricter controls on lawmakers to confront "the corrosive influence" of money in Washington as he signed into law an insider trading ban he said was needed to help restore trust in the US government.

  • 05/04/2012 | World

    Obama signs bill to boost business startups

    US President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill to kickstart small business growth and he promised rigorous oversight to make sure the measure does not harm investors, as critics have warned.

  • 09/04/2012 | World

    Secretary Clinton promotes cooperation with Brazil during Rousseff’s visit

    Calling Brazil an "inspiring success story" secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that relations with Brazil must continue to mature so that the two democratic powers can promote economic and political stability around the world.

  • 30/03/2012 | World

    Obama says enough world oil to crack down on Iran

    US President Barack Obama vowed to forge ahead with tough sanctions on Iran, saying there was enough oil in the world market - including emergency stockpiles - to allow countries to cut Iranian imports.

  • 02/04/2012 | World

    Romney eyes primary knockout, Obama fight looms

    As Mitt Romney sought to land a knockout blow against Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination, the difficulty of a general election matchup against US Democratic President Barack Obama became clearer.

  • 03/04/2012 | World

    Obama not spending much time on healthcare contingency plans

    President Barack Obama said today he was not spending much time planning for contingencies should the Supreme Court overturn his healthcare overhaul because he had "enormous confidence" that the justices will uphold it.

  • 26/03/2012 | World

    Obama vows to pursue further nuclear cuts; warns Iran, North Korea

    US President Barack Obama vowed today to pursue further nuclear arms cuts with Russia, urged China to follow suit and issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West.

  • 26/03/2012 | World

    Obama says to suspend trade benefits for Argentina in 60 days

    US President Barack Obama said today he was suspending trade benefits for Argentina because of the South American country's failure to pay more than $300 million in compensation awards in two disputes involving American investors.

  • 28/03/2012 | World

    US Supreme Court begins last day on healthcare law

    The Supreme Court began hearing a final day of arguments over President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul on Wednesday, focusing on whether the entire law would survive if the justices strike down a key insurance requirement as invalid under the US Constitution.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    Obama gets personal over killing of black Florida teenager

    US President Barack Obama weighed into the controversial killing of a black teenager in Florida in very personal terms, comparing the boy to a son he doesn't have and calling for US "soul searching" over how the incident occurred.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    Obama urges China to rein in North Korea in nuclear standoff

    US President Barack Obama urged China to use its influence to stop North Korea's "bad behavior" in a nuclear standoff with the West and hinted at tougher sanctions if the reclusive state goes ahead with a rocket launch next month.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    Tea Party activists defy rain to rip Obama health care law

    Several hundred rain-soaked Tea Party activists rallied to call for the US Supreme Court to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law after arguments next week.

  • 16/03/2012 | World

    Cameron: Obama backs UK’s rule over Malvinas

    US President Barack Obama supports the British rule over the Malvinas Islands, UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron said at the end of a three-day visit to the United States, British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ reported today.

  • 16/03/2012 | World

    US ratifies 'neutrality' over Malvinas issue, calls for 'pacific solution'

    United States stated that it maintains its neutral position over the Malvinas Islands dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom and hopes for an agreed solution, an official source of the US government assured after the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to the White House.

  • 19/03/2012 | World

    Obama calls Abbas to discuss Middle East peace

    US President Barack Obama spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in six months to discuss the long-stalled Middle East peace process, the White House said.

  • 13/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron vow partnership; urge Iran to 'meet its obligations or face the consequences'

    In a joint article for yesterday's Washington Post, United States President Barack Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the two countries’ historical partnership and vowed to extend the relationship as the two work together on key international issues.

  • 14/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron: Window for diplomatic solution with Iran is shrinking

    In a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama enouraged Iran to seize the opportunity of talks with world leaders to avert "even worse consequences."

  • 15/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves, sources

    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the possibility of releasing emergency oil reserves during a meeting hold yesterday, two sources familiar with the talks said, the first sign that Obama is starting to test global support for an effort to knock back near-record fuel prices.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Obama wishes Romney ‘good luck’

    US President Barack Obama dedicated part of his statement to wish “good luck” to the ex governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, in the midst of the “Super Tuesday,” the biggest day in the Republican campaign.

  • 08/03/2012 | World

    Obama campaign makes election pitch with Hollywood-style film

    US President Barack Obama's campaign is putting a cinematic finish on its re-election pitch with a new documentary about the Democratic president's first three years in the White House.

  • 11/03/2012 | World

    Sixteen Afghan civilians killed in US shooting spree

    President Barack Obama telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday to express his "shock and sadness" over the reported killing of Afghan civilians by a US soldier, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Obama says Syria's Assad 'will fall', but US will not take unilateral action

    President Barack Obama said today it was only a matter of time before Syria's President Bashar al-Assad left office, but added it was a mistake to think the US could take unilateral action there.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Obama seeks to calm 'drumbeat of war' over Iran

    US President Barack Obama said the United States 'will not countenance' Iran developing a nuclear weapon but pledged to take a sober approach to dealing with Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Netanyahu stands firm on right to attack Iran

    Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran's nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.

  • 04/03/2012 | World

    Obama warns against 'loose talk' of war on Iran

    President Barack Obama warned on Sunday against "loose talk" of a war with Iran ahead of a crucial meeting in which he will urge Israel's prime minister to avoid a premature strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities.

  • 05/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Netanyahu give no sign of narrowing gap on Iran

    US President Barack Obama appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu to give sanctions time to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the Israeli prime minister offered no sign of backing away from possible military action, saying his country must be the "master of its fate."

  • 05/03/2012 | World

    Romney, Santorum hunt for Super Tuesday votes in Ohio

    Rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum made their final pitch for support in the vital battleground state of Ohio, the day before 10 states hold Super Tuesday nominating contests that could be pivotal in an unpredictable Republican presidential race.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    Santorum at centre stage in Arizona Republican debate

    Rivals heaped criticism on surprise front-runner Rick Santorum in a debate among Republican presidential candidates, hoping to stall his surge at a pivotal period in the 2012 campaign.

  • 23/02/2012 | World

    Obama hits back at Republican criticism of high gas prices

    US President Barack Obama hit back at election-year Republican criticism of his energy policy, offering a staunch defence of his attempts to wean US citizens off foreign oil and saying there was no 'silver bullet' for high gas prices.

  • 24/02/2012 | World

    Romney says he is 'only chance' to defeat Obama

    Mitt Romney declared himself the Republican presidential candidate with "the only chance" to defeat President Barack Obama as he seized on signs that rival Rick Santorum's grip on Michigan appears to be slipping.

  • 20/02/2012 | World

    Obama to meet Netanyahu at White House on March 5

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held on March 4-6.

  • 21/02/2012 | World

    White House: still time for Iran diplomacy to work

    The White House said today there is still enough time for diplomacy with Iran to work and prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    US chides Iran over failure of IAEA mission

    The White House today criticized Iran over the failure of the UN nuclear watchdog's latest mission, saying it again showed Tehran's refusal to abide by its international obligations over its nuclear program.

  • 14/02/2012 | World

    Obama 'hopeful' on payroll tax cut extension

    President Barack Obama said today he had seen "hopeful signs" that Congress would pass a payroll tax cut extension for the full year, as he kept pressure on lawmakers to take action he said was needed to keep the US recovery on track.

  • 16/02/2012 | World

    US Congress seals payroll tax-cut deal

    A payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans, set to expire at the end of this month, would be extended through December under a bipartisan deal announced early on today by US congressional leaders.

  • 17/02/2012 | World

    Obama campaign, Democrats raise US$29.1 million in January

    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and its Democratic allies raised a combined $29.1 million in January, accelerating their fundraising pace as the White House race draws closer.

  • 06/02/2012 | World

    With economy improving, Obama would beat Romney, poll shows

    President Barack Obama, bolstered by a stronger economic outlook and recent job growth, would win in a match-up against the two leading Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a poll today showed.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Obama unveils US$3.8 trillion spending plan

    President Barack Obama called today for aggressive spending to boost growth and for higher taxes on the rich, laying out an election-year vision for the US in a budget that was criticized sharply by Republicans for failing to curb the deficit.

  • 14/02/2012 | World

    Geithner says Obama's plan will axe dozens of corporate tax breaks

    US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today said the Obama Administration's plan to revamp the corporate tax system will cut "dozens and dozens" of tax breaks enjoyed by business, while keeping a limited number that focus on keeping jobs in the United States.

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    Cameron to make official visit to US before Malvinas’ anniversary

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will meet in Washington next month, three weeks before the 30 anniversary of the beginning of the Malvinas Islands war.

  • 05/02/2012 | World

    Romney takes big early lead in Nevada voting

    Republican front-runner Mitt Romney appeared headed to an easy win in Nevada on Saturday that would put him in firm command of the party's see-sawing presidential nominating race.

  • 05/02/2012 | World

    Obama says risky to attack Iran, wants diplomatic fix

    US President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.

  • 26/01/2012 | World

    Obama says he second-guesses himself, makes mistakes

    Barack Obama said he doubted his decisions "constantly" and made mistakes daily but thought he had become a better president with more on-the-job experience.

  • 02/02/2012 | World

    Romney plays Trump card in Las Vegas

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump re-injected himself and his wealth into the Republican presidential race by endorsing Mitt Romney, a day after the front-runner stumbled with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to US' poor.

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    ‘Don't muck up’ US recovery, Obama tells US Congress

    Jobs figures released show the US economy is growing and healing, President Barack Obama said, calling on Congress to pass a payroll tax extension and avoid sabotaging the recovery.

  • 18/01/2012 | World

    Obama meets Argüello, expresses 'joy' for CFK's recovery

    Argentina’s Ambassador in United States Jorge Argüello delivered his credential letters to President Barack Obama, who expressed his “joy” for the positive results of his counterpart Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s surgery.

  • 24/01/2012 | World

    Obama urges taxing rich, aiding housing in State of the Union

    US President Barack Obama called for higher taxes on the rich and new remedies for the US mortgage crisis in a starkly populist State of the Union address aimed at convincing voters to give him a second term.

  • 25/01/2012 | World

    Gingrich calls for moon base, space contests

    Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich called for a base on the moon and an expanded federal purse for prize money to stimulate private-sector space projects.

  • 12/01/2012 | World

    US Justice Dept backs Obama recess appointments

    The US Justice Department defended President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments to two agencies, releasing a detailed legal analysis of why the appointments passed constitutional muster.

  • 12/01/2012 | World

    Obama seeks $1.2 trillion debt limit hike

    US President Barack Obama formally notified Congress that he plans a $1.2 trillion increase in the US debt limit, setting the stage for Republicans to level election-year charges that deficits are out of control.

  • 15/01/2012 | World

    Netanyahu deputy 'disappointed' with Obama on Iran

    A senior Israeli official voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on Sunday, saying "election-year considerations" lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by US legislators.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Obama to nominate economist, banker, as Fed governors

    US President Barack Obama will nominate Harvard economist Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell, an investment banker and former Treasury official, to the two empty seats on the Federal Reserve's policy-setting board of governors.

  • 04/01/2012 | World

    Obama defies Republicans with consumer agency pick

    A defiant President Barack Obama said he will bypass Congress and install Richard Cordray as head of the country's new consumer financial watchdog, escalating an election-year fight with Republicans, who questioned the legality of the move.

  • 09/01/2012 | World

    US Chief of Staff steps down, budget chief takes over

    US President Barack Obama said his budget chief Jack Lew would take over as White House chief of staff, replacing former businessman Bill Daley, who is stepping down after a troubled one-year tenure.

  • 15/12/2011 | World

    US says Arizona sheriff violated civil rights laws

    The Obama administration accused a firebrand Arizona sheriff of engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in a crack down on illegal immigrants.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    US Congress punts hard payroll tax work to 2012

    US President Barack Obama signed into law a two-month payroll tax cut extension, capping a year of fierce partisan combat over taxes and spending that will resume in January and play heavily in the 2012 elections.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Obama's popularity at 6-month high: poll

    United States President Barack Obama’s approval rating was at a 6-month high, with more votes of approval of his administration by US residents, than those who disapprove, according to an opinion poll published today by Gallup institute.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Former Illinois governor sentenced to 14 years

    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for political corruption including attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by then President-elect Barack Obama.

  • 08/12/2011 | World

    Obama says EU is wealthy enough to solve crisis

    US President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was "very concerned" about the euro zone crisis and believed the European Union had the resources to solve it if leaders could find the political will.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Obama says US will be loyal partner for Iraq

    President Barack Obama pledged that Washington would remain a strong partner for Iraq as US troops exit by year-end, and played down the risk this departure creates a power vacuum Iran can exploit.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    Obama, fellow Democrats push tax cut extension

    US President Barack Obama cranked up pressure on congressional Republicans to extend a payroll tax cut, and his fellow Democrats proposed to fund it with spending cuts and a "tiny surtax" on the rich.

  • 06/12/2011 | World

    Obama hits Republicans in stark speech

    US President Barack Obama turned up the heat on his Republican foes as he portrayed himself as a champion of the middle class and laid out in the starkest terms yet the populist themes of his 2012 re-election bid.

  • 06/12/2011 | World

    Obama says US to stand up for gay rights abroad

    President Barack Obama told US diplomats and foreign aid workers to do more to advance gay rights abroad, a move that promotes US human rights policy and appeals to a key Democratic constituency at home.

  • 28/11/2011 | World

    Affair claim shakes Cain presidential bid

    A woman accused US Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of having a 13-year affair with her that ended just months ago, a new charge that could derail his campaign for the White House.

  • 29/11/2011 | World

    Europe struggles with rescue fund, may turn to IMF

    Euro zone ministers struggled to ramp up the firepower of their rescue fund and raised the possibility of asking the IMF for more help after Italy's borrowing costs hit a euro lifetime high of nearly 8 percent.

  • 03/12/2011 | World

    Obama tries to pressure Republicans on tax cut

    President Barack Obama sought to boost pressure on Republican lawmakers to back an extension of a tax cut for US workers that he views as vital to help the fragile economy.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    Obama blames Republicans for debt panel failure

    US President Barack Obama blamed Republicans for a congressional committee's failure to reach a deficit-cutting deal and vowed to veto any attempt to water down automatic budget cuts that would kick in by early 2013.

  • 22/11/2011 | World

    Obama pushes payroll tax cut after debt panel fails

    President Barack Obama will challenge the Congress to preserve an expiring payroll tax cut as he travels to New Hampshire to seize the initiative in the wake of a collapsed effort to reduce the nation's budget deficit.

  • 24/11/2011 | World

    Russian anchor off air for finger gesture in Obama story

    A famous Russian TV anchor has been taken off the air for making an obscene gesture after mentioning US President Barack Obama in a live newscast, the channel said.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Obama tells Asia: 'US is here to stay'

    President Barack Obama said today that the US military would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region despite budget cuts, declaring America was "here to stay" as a Pacific power which would help shape the region's future.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

    A 21-year-old man was charged on Thursday with trying to assassinate US President Barack Obama after shots were fired at the White House last week, though the president was out of town at the time.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    US deficit panel fails to reach deal

    A US congressional "super committee" failed to reach a deal on reducing federal government deficits, the co-chairs of the panel said.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    Obama says lack of political will to solve Europe crisis

    US President Barack Obama said today he was deeply concerned about the continued euro zone crisis, blaming it on a lack of political will, and that market turmoil would continue until Europe has a concrete plan to deal with its debt woes.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    Obama kisses Chávez in Benetton ad campaign

    Italian store Benetton launched its new ad campaign with photo montages showing the Pope kissing the imam of Cairo's al-Azhar, Ahmed el Tayeb, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez also kissing his US counterpart Barack Obama in the name of the fight “against hate.”

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    France, Germany clash over ECB crisis role

    France and Germany, Europe's two central powers, clashed over whether the European Central Bank should intervene more forcefully to halt the euro zone's accelerating debt crisis after modest bond purchases failed to calm markets.

  • 10/11/2011 | World

    White House: Middle East envoy to step down

    Dennis Ross, a senior aide to President Barack Obama on the Middle East, has decided to step down from his post, the White House said today.

  • 11/11/2011 | World

    Italy: Senate approves austerity measures amid political turmoil

    Italy's Senate approved the austerity measures demanded by the European Union to avert a euro zone meltdown.The new budget law is to clear the way for final approval of the package in the lower house tomorrow and the formation of an emergency government to replace Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

  • 14/11/2011 | World

    Supreme Court agrees to hear Obama healthcare law

    US Supreme Court agreed to decide the fate of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the healthcare system's biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

  • 03/11/2011 | World

    US congressman urges Obama to release files on Argentine dictatorship

    Democratic congressman Maurice Hinchey sent a letter to President Obama requesting the declassification of several US intelligence documents, held by the Pentagon, the FBI and the CIA, that contain information related to human rights abuses during Argentina's last military regime.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    Reports say Sarkozy told Obama 'Netanyahu is a liar'

    According to reporters, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told US President Barack Obama last week he was fed up with dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and considered him a liar.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    White House: No sign of ETs

    The White House released an official statement today denying any contact or acknowledge of extraterrestrial life. The announcement came as a response to submissions to the “We The People” website, which promises to address any petition that gains 5,000 signatures.

  • 02/11/2011 | World

    Obama tops Forbes most powerful list, Putin No. 2

    Barack Obama topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2011, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained the most powerful woman at No. 4 on the list.

  • 03/11/2011 | World

    Obama in Cannes: 'Our task is to resolve the financial crisis in Europe'

    US President Barack Obama said today during the Group of 20 Summit in Cannes, France, that "the most important aspect of our task over the next two days is to resolve the financial crisis here in Europe."

  • 22/10/2011 | World

    Obama touts foreign policy successes in Iraq, Libya

    President Barack Obama sought on to cast himself as a strong leader on foreign policy, highlighting a US pullout from Iraq and the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as success stories.

  • 24/10/2011 | World

    Obama tests go-it-alone steps for US economy

    President Barack Obama launched the first in a series of executive actions aimed at bypassing Republicans in Congress to show American voters he is serious about tackling a jobs and housing crisis that endangers his re-election.

  • 29/10/2011 | World

    Obama: US wealth gap shows need for fairer approach

    US President Barack Obama, seizing on a report that showed America's rich getting richer while the rest of the country struggled to get ahead, said that Republicans were thwarting a fairer approach.

  • 20/10/2011 | World

    Sarkozy, Merkel rejoice Libya’s liberation

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said today the death of Muammar Gaddafi turned a page for the Libyan people and signaled the start of a democratic process.

  • 20/10/2011 | World

    Obama: Gaddafi death ends era of ‘iron fist’ rule

    US President Barack Obama said today the United States would be a partner to Libya following the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

  • 21/10/2011 | World

    Obama: US will pull troops out of Iraq by year-end

    President Barack Obama vowed  to pull all US troops from Iraq this year, symbolically ending the war but dashing US hopes of leaving a few thousand troops to buttress a still shaky Iraq and offset neighboring Iran's influence.

  • 13/10/2011 | World

    Obama: alleged Iran plot will worsen isolation

    An alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States will prompt Washington to apply the toughest possible sanctions to further isolate Iran, US President Barack Obama said.

  • 15/10/2011 | World

    Obama seeks to put onus on Republicans on jobs

    US President Barack Obama urged Republicans to stop picking "ideological fights" and focus instead on job creation efforts as he pressed Congress to begin voting next week piece by piece on his defeated jobs package.

  • 19/10/2011 | World

    Kurdish rebels launch deadliest attack in decades, world reacts

    Turkey launched air and ground assaults on Kurdish militants in Iraq today, vowing to take "great revenge" after 24 Turkish soldiers were killed in one of the deadliest Kurdish attacks in decades. US President Barack Obama and the European Union led a chorus of Western condemnation.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    Obama marks the 10th anniversary of Afghan incursion with written statement

    President Barack Obama, marking the 10th anniversary of the US military campaign in Afghanistan, praised the US troops and pled to follow through on plans to turn over the nation's control and security to the Afghani people by 2014.

  • 10/10/2011 | World

    Executives tell Obama how to create jobs

    President Barack Obama could create millions of jobs by attracting more foreign capital to the United States, helping entrepreneurs and being more aggressive in energy, business leaders said.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Obama says may have to ‘break up’ jobs bill

    President Barack Obama said today he could "break up" his jobs bill to push it through Congress, acknowledging the risk that the legislation may fail to advance as the US Senate prepared to vote on the plan.

  • 06/10/2011 | World

    Obama and Congress tensions rise, as gridlock remains

    President Barack Obama today said his legislation intended to create jobs would provide the jolt the economy needs right now and called for an end to political gridlock in Congress.

  • 06/10/2011 | World

    Obama chides banks, taps anger over Wall Street

    President Barack Obama launched a broad onslaught against banks today, tapping into public anger over rising fees to garner populist support ahead of his 2012 re-election campaign.

  • 06/10/2011 | World

    US Geithner: European crisis poses risk to global recovery

    Europe's worsening debt crisis could significantly damage the US economy, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned today as he urged Europe to shore up its bailout fund.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    Obama says eurozone crisis is 'scaring the world'

    US President Barack Obama said the debt crisis in Europe was "scaring the world" and that European leaders were dealing with the issue but not as quickly as needed.

  • 01/10/2011 | World

    Obama presses Republicans for jobs bill support

    President Barack Obama urged Republican lawmakers to spell out exactly what they can and cannot support in his $447 billion plan to create jobs, saying it was "time for Congress to get its act together."

  • 03/10/2011 | World

    US Senate will consider Obama jobs plan this month

    US Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said today that his chamber will consider this month President Barack Obama's embattled $447 billion jobs program, and urged members of both parties to back it.

  • 22/09/2011 | World

    Palestinians to push UN bid despite Obama, protests erupt

    President Barack Obama told the United Nations yesterday there was no short cut to Middle East peace but Palestinians said they would press on with a request for UN recognition of their nascent state.

  • 22/09/2011 | World

    Obama urges Europe leaders to be forceful on economy

    US President Barack Obama urged European leaders this week to take "forceful and decisive" action to confront current eurozone debt problems, White House spokesman Jay Carney said today.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    Moody's: Obama budget unlikely to be implemented

    President Barack Obama's deficit reduction plan would be positive for US ratings, but chances of its implementation are "extremely low," Moody's Investors Service said.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    Obama hails end of US military restrictions on gays

    President Barack Obama hailed the end of the policy banning gays from serving openly in the US military, saying its official demise today marked a key step toward fulfilling America's founding ideals.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    Obama tells UN only talks will create Palestinian state

    US President Barack Obama told the United Nations that the Palestinians deserved a state of their own, but that this would only be achieved through talks with Israel.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    Netanyahu tells Obama Palestinian UN bid doomed

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that direct negotiation was the only way to achieve a stable Middle East peace and the Palestinian effort to secure UN recognition of statehood "will not succeed."

  • 19/09/2011 | World

    Obama offers US$3 trillion debt plan, tax hikes on rich

    President Barack Obama called on US lawmakers to pass his jobs proposal and take up his plan to slash up to US$3 trillion from the deficit over a decade.

  • 19/09/2011 | World

    Abbas presses Palestinian UN bid despite warnings

    President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations' top official he would seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state, a move the United States and Israel warn could lead to disaster and shatter chances for resuming peace negotiations.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    Obama urges Gaddafi forces to give up, vows Libya aid

    President Barack Obama called for the last of Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist forces to lay down their arms as he announced the return of the US ambassador to Tripoli and pledged to help Libya rebuild.

  • 14/09/2011 | World

    Obama gets slight boost from jobs speech, poll shows

    President Barack Obama's approval rating got a small lift after he unveiled a jobs plan last week, keeping him ahead of all potential Republican rivals in the 2012 election, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said.

  • 15/09/2011 | World

    Obama plan ‘poor substitute’ for growth

    The top US Republican in Congress dismissed President Barack Obama's job-creation package as a "poor substitute" for policies that would boost the economy and ruled out tax increases as a way to close the country's budget gap.

  • 17/09/2011 | World

    Obama: Americans must pay fair share to cut deficit

    President Barack Obama said that Americans need to be ready to "pay their fair share" to narrow the US deficit, previewing his proposals to Congress that are expected to include more taxes on the rich.

  • 12/09/2011 | World

    Obama urges no 'political games' on jobs plan

    President Barack Obama called on Republicans not to play "political games" with his jobs plan as he pressed for swift passage of a $447 billion package he hopes will revive the US economy and boost his re-election prospects.

  • 13/09/2011 | World

    Merkel, Obama voice concern over Greece debt crisis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to quash talk of an imminent Greek default today as the United States voiced fresh concern at the euro zone's inability to master its debt crisis. President Barack Obama expressed his concern in an interview with Spanish journalists.

  • 13/09/2011 | World

    US Republicans dismiss Obama's jobs plan

    Top Republicans in Congress criticized today President Barack Obama's proposal to pay for a job creation plan by eliminating $467 billion in tax breaks for wealthier Americans and corporations.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Bernanke: Fed to help restore strong growth

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the US central bank would spare no effort to boost disappointingly weak growth and lower unemployment, and he downplayed concerns about inflation.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Boehner says Obama plan merits consideration

    John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, said on Thursday President Barack Obama's jobs proposals "merit consideration" and expressed hope both parties could work together.

  • 09/09/2011 | World

    Obama concerned about storming of Israel's Cairo embassy

    US President Barack Obama is concerned about the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo by protesters and told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is taking steps to help resolve the situation without further violence, the White House said in a statement.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    Obama to propose US$300 billion jobs package

    President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans some $300 billion in tax cuts and government spending as part of a job-creating package, US media reported today.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    Perry, Romney clash over job creation records

    Republican rivals Rick Perry and Mitt Romney exchanged sharp blows over who has the better job-creating record in a fiery presidential candidate debate that will help shape the 2012 race.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Obama sees US crisis, pushes US$447 bln jobs plan

    US President Barack Obama laid out a US$447 billion jobs package of tax cuts and government spending that will be critical to his re-election chances but he faces an uphill fight with Republicans. The Head of State said in a high-stakes address to Congress the United States was facing a "national crisis."

  • 02/09/2011 | World

    NYT editorial recommends Obama to look to Argentina 'for inspiration'

    An opinion editorial of the US newspaper The New York Times titled “Argentina’s turnaround tango” stated that President Barack Obama and the US Congress should look to Argentina “for inspiration” in economic policies issues. Nevertheless, the article also warned about the corruption and “government opacity“ of the Latin American country.

  • 03/09/2011 | World

    Obama ups pressure over transport legislation

    US President Barack Obama, under fire over high unemployment, stepped up pressure on Congress today to pass transportation legislation he said would protect almost 1 million American jobs.

  • 05/09/2011 | World

    Obama previews jobs speech, challenges Republicans

    US President Barack Obama previewed proposals for new infrastructure spending and an extension of payroll tax cuts as part of a major jobs package he will unveil this week, and challenged Republicans to find common ground with him.

  • 29/08/2011 | World

    White House to nominate Krueger as top economist

    US President Barack Obama today will announced he has chosen Princeton University labor economist Alan Krueger to become the top White House economist, a White House official said.

  • 31/08/2011 | World

    After conflict, Obama to address Congress on September 8

    President Barack Obama agreed to unveil new jobs proposals in an address to Congress on September 8, bowing to pressure from Republicans, who objected to the original date set for his high-profile speech.

  • 01/09/2011 | World

    White House sharply cuts growth forecast

    President Barack Obama sharply cut estimates for US economic growth today, underscoring the difficult challenge he faces in spurring a stronger recovery and creating more jobs.

  • 26/08/2011 | World

    Hurricane Irene ‘extremely dangerous’, says Obama

    President Barack Obama warned Americans today to take Hurricane Irene seriously and urged them to obey orders to evacuate from the path of what is likely to be an "extremely dangerous and costly" storm.

  • 27/08/2011 | World

    Obama and Merkel vow action on global economic woes

    US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the eurozone crisis and financial-market turbulence today and vowed action to bolster the global economy, the White House said in a statement.

  • 27/08/2011 | World

    Obama visits response center as hurricane threatens

    President Barack Obama visited today the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters to get an update on preparations for Hurricane Irene as it charged north along the US East Coast.

  • 20/08/2011 | World

    Obama accuses Congress of holding back US recovery

    A vacationing US President Barack Obama accused Congress today of holding back the US economic recovery by blocking "common sense" measures he said would create jobs and help growth.

  • 20/08/2011 | World

    Obama summer reading list leans toward fiction

    President Barack Obama, perhaps seeking a break from harsh reality after a tough summer battling the US economy and Republicans in Congress, has picked a summer reading list that is long on fiction.

  • 22/08/2011 | World

    Obama promises US aid for post-Gaddafi Libya

    US President Barack Obama called for Muammar Gaddafi to end the bloodshed in Libya as pockets of his loyalist forces continued to fight.

  • 15/08/2011 | World

    Obama to put forward plan to boost economy in September

    President Barack Obama blasted Republicans for playing politics with the economy on Monday as he took to the road on a bus tour of the US Midwest to focus on job growth. He also said he would put forward a plan for economic growth when Congress returns from summer recess and challenged lawmakers to take action.

  • 17/08/2011 | World

    Obama to unveil growth plan in speech

    US President Barack Obama next month will unveil a new jobs and economic growth plan and a detailed deficit-cutting package surpassing the mandate of the "super committee" in Congress, officials said today.

  • 18/08/2011 | World

    Obama to ask Syria’s Assad to step down

    President Barack Obama will call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and slap new sanctions on his government in a toughening of the US stance toward the Syrian leader, a US official said.

  • 11/08/2011 | World

    Obama vows new growth proposals 'week by week'

    President Barack Obama vowed to put out new proposals "week by week" for boosting economic growth and job creation and said Congress needs to complete work on a deficit-reduction plan.

  • 12/08/2011 | World

    Financial mayhem: global markets conclude the year's darkest week

    A rocky week for exchange markets all over the world finally came to an end today. The US handling of its unprecedented debt crisis, the outlook of the worse recession since the 1930’s as President Barack Obama himself pointed out, and the deep recession that has hit Europe sent stocks in a wild ride.

  • 13/08/2011 | World

    Obama says political divide is hurting economy

    US President Barack Obama said that bitter fights between Democrats and Republicans in Washington were hurting the economy and he urged lawmakers to embrace compromise in order to boost job growth.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Poll says 73% of US citizens believe country is on wrong track

    US citizens by a large majority believe the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half think the worst is yet to come in the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said today.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Obama, Bernanke discuss economy recovery

    President Barack Obama met with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and discussed the "perspectives to recover the economy," a day after the Fed announced it would keep rates near zero for two years.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    White House rejects claim about bin Laden raid film

    Moviemakers producing a film about the US special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are getting help from the Pentagon, but the Obama administration dismissed concerns on Wednesday that classified information has been divulged.

  • 01/08/2011 | World

    US House passes debt bill, wards off default risk

    The House of Representatives approved a last-gasp deal to raise the US borrowing limit in a decisive step toward averting a catastrophic debt default by the world's largest economy.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    Obama says more needed to boost US economy

    President Barack Obama said a just-passed bill to raise the US debt ceiling and cut spending was a first step toward ensuring the United States lives within its means but that more was needed to rebuild the world's largest economy.

  • 08/08/2011 | World

    US to press on in Afghanistan

    The loss of 30 US troops in Saturday's helicopter crash in Afghanistan will not deter the United States from its mission in the country, President Barack Obama said on today during a television announcement aired today from The White House .

  • 25/07/2011 | World

    Obama calls for compromise on debt

    President Barack Obama said on Monday a temporary six-month extension of debt ceiling does not solve the problem and might not be enough to avoid credit downgrade.

  • 27/07/2011 | World

    Time running out for debt compromise, the White House warns

    The White House warned that time was running out to reach a compromise on the US debt limit and said that Republicans and Democrats must come together now on an agreement.

  • 29/07/2011 | World

    Lawmakers' votes open way for final US debt push

    US lawmakers opened the way for a last-ditch bid for a possible bipartisan compromise to avert a crippling national default just four days before the deadline to raise the country's debt ceiling.

  • 23/07/2011 | World

    New dispute threatens US debt limit negotiations

    New disagreement erupted between congressional Democrats and Republicans over the timetable for increasing US borrowing authority, possibly jeopardizing efforts to avert a default.

  • 25/07/2011 | World

    Obama: Spending cuts alone not answer on deficit

    President Barack Obama, taking a combative tone in a standoff with congressional Republicans over the US debt, said the country cannot deal with its budget problems through spending cuts alone.

  • 25/07/2011 | World

    Obama urges compromise to avoid 'reckless' default

    President Barack Obama called on Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday night to reach a fair compromise on raising the debt ceiling to avert a "reckless and irresponsible" national default.

  • 20/07/2011 | World

    Deal to move US trade pacts possible soon, says top official

    The Obama administration hopes to announce soon a deal with congressional Republicans to clear the way for votes on three long-delayed free trade agreements, the top US trade official said today.

  • 20/07/2011 | World

    Change of mind: White House open to short-term debt extension

    The White House shifted gears today and signaled that President Barack Obama could support a short-term extension of the US borrowing limits as long as it was part of a broader long-term deficit reduction deal.

  • 22/07/2011 | World

    Top Republican breaks off debt talks with Obama

    US House Speaker John Boehner broke off talks with President Barack Obama on Friday on a deficit-reduction deal to prevent a devastating default and said he would try to hammer out an agreement through the Senate.

  • 16/07/2011 | World

    Obama meets Dalai Lama at White House, defies China

    US President Barack Obama met with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for roughly 45 minutes at the White House, potentially angering China, which called for the meeting to be canceled.

  • 17/07/2011 | World

    Fallback plan gains momentum in US debt talks

    With time running short in US debt talks, Republican and Democratic senators sought to craft a plan that could avert an unprecedented government default while making modest cuts in the deficit.

  • 18/07/2011 | World

    Obama: Can't let politics obstruct tackling deficit

    President Barack Obama said he wants to make sure payroll taxes do not go up for US families next year and that politics should not get in the way of tackling the the US deficit.

  • 12/07/2011 | World

    Obama warns seniors could be hurt without debt deal

    US President Barack Obama raised the stakes in the third straight day of budget talks, warning that senior citizens and veterans may suffer first if the debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2.

  • 14/07/2011 | World

    Obama asks lawmakers to gauge support for debt deal

    US President Barack Obama concluded a round of debt talks by sending lawmakers back to Congress to gauge support for a deal, saying a package to cut the deficit by $2 trillion was within reach.

  • 15/07/2011 | World

    Obama says time running out for debt ceiling deal

    US President Barack Obama that deficit negotiations should have been taken care of early rather than allowed to run this close to the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the US debt ceiling.

  • 08/07/2011 | World

    Obama: 'Debt limit fight fuels business uncertainty'

    President Barack Obama, speaking after the release of a gloomy US jobs report for June, cited the debt limit dispute, along with the crisis in Greece, as among factors making companies more hesitant to hire and invest.

  • 09/07/2011 | World

    Sudan's president congratulates newly independent south

    Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir congratulated South Sudan on its independence today and called for good neighborly relations at a ceremony to mark the south's split from Sudan in the north.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    Obama wants largest possible deal in debt talks

    President Barack Obama said that congressional leaders will meet every day until the debt ceiling issue is resolved, adding that there is "a lot of work to do" to tackle the problem.

  • 04/07/2011 | World

    Foxnews website hacked, false tweet says president Obama shot dead

    "Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family," Foxnews.com said in statement saying its site had been hacked.

  • 06/07/2011 | World

    Obama tweets for the first time, tweaks Republicans

    US President Barack Obama took to Twitter today to press his economic agenda, using the popular social media site to tweak Republicans and advocate for a deal to reduce the deficit.

  • 07/07/2011 | World

    US Treasury secretly weighs options to avert default

    A small team of Treasury officials is discussing options to stave off default if Congress fails to raise the country's borrowing limit by an August 2 deadline, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    Afghan drawdown creates risk, US military warns

    The US military warned that President Barack Obama's faster-than-expected drawdown in Afghanistan created new risks, even as commanders said they backed the strategy to start winding down the unpopular, nearly decade-old war.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    France says to start gradual Afghan withdrawal

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would follow the United States in starting a gradual troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move that could shore up his popularity before a 2012 election.

  • 02/07/2011 | World

    Obama says ending tax breaks required to cut deficit

    President Barack Obama pressed his case today for achieving deficit reduction, in part by ending tax breaks and singling out hedge fund managers, oil companies and billionaires to take the hit.

  • 11/06/2011 | World

    Obama to make new steps to boost jobs

    President Barack Obama, seeking to ease voters' concerns about his handling of the US economy, said a meeting with his jobs council next week would focus on possible further steps to boost hiring in the short term.

  • 13/06/2011 | World

    Obama steps up pressure on Weiner to resign

    President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner to step down, calling his Internet sex scandal a distraction from the work that needs to be done in Washington.

  • 18/06/2011 | World

    Friendly Obama-Boehner golf game has high stakes

    A friendly round of golf between President Barack Obama and Republican leader John Boehner has unusually high stakes, since any positive sentiment it yields may help lead to a debt deal.

  • 29/05/2011 | World

    Obama vows response to Missouri tornado

    President Barack Obama promised victims of the deadliest .S tornado in 65 years that the federal government would help them rebuild, saying it was a national tragedy.

  • 30/05/2011 | World

    Obama picks Dempsey as top US military officer

    President Barack Obama nominated General Martin Dempsey, who commanded troops in the Iraq war, as the top US military officer.

  • 10/06/2011 | World

    Clinton says not pursuing World Bank job

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was not in discussions over the top job at the World Bank and that she was not pursing the post.

  • 24/05/2011 | World

    Netanyahu says will give up some land for peace

    Israel is prepared to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, including the handover of land they seek for a state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the US Congress.

  • 25/05/2011 | World

    Cameron, Obama say Gaddafi must step down

    At a joint news conference at the Lancaster House in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "It is impossible to imagine a future for Libya with Gaddafi still in power - he must go." US President Barack Obama said Gaddafi "must step down and leave Libya to Libyan people."

  • 25/05/2011 | World

    Obama warns Gaddafi of 'no let up'

    President Barack Obama warned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi there would be 'no let-up' in pressure on him to go, following a second successive night of heavy NATO bombing in Tripoli.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Israel's Netanyahu rejects Obama proposal on borders

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told President Barack Obama his vision for the borders of a future Palestinian state would leave the Jewish state with an "indefensible" frontier.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Obama thanks CIA for helping track down Bin Laden

    President Barack Obama thanked the country's top spy agency for helping track down and kill former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and warned remaining members of al Qaeda to watch their backs.

  • 22/05/2011 | World

    Obama seeks to soothe Israel on Mideast vision

    President Barack Obama sought to soothe Israeli fury over his new Middle East peace proposals by making clear that the Jewish state would likely be able to keep some settlements in any final deal with the Palestinians.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Abbas welcomes Obama call to renew peace talks

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed US President Barak Obama's efforts to renew talks with Israel that collapsed last year, a senior Palestinian official said.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Netanyahu rejects total pullback to 1967 borders

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said US President Barack Obama's vision of a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967 could leave the Jewish state "indefensible". Netanyahu said he expected Washington to allow Israel to keep major settlement blocs beyond the 1967 lines in the occupied West Bank, in any peace deal with the Palestinians.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Pakistan Taliban says it attacked US consulate convoy

    Pakistan's Taliban said it had attacked a US consulate convoy in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, the latest assault in a surge of violence since US forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden this month.

  • 17/05/2011 | World

    Obama presses for peace on the Middle East

    US President Barack Obama said it was "more vital than ever" to seek to revive long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, even as political upheaval convulses much of the broader Middle East.

  • 18/05/2011 | World

    Obama to offer thanks to CIA on bin Laden operation

    US President Barack Obama plans to visit CIA headquarters on Friday to thank intelligence officers for helping to hunt down and kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the White House said.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Obama seeks to recast ties with skeptical Arab world

    President Barack Obama invoked the killing of Osama bin Laden as a chance to recast relations with the Arab world and said the top US priority was to promote democratic change across the region.

  • 08/05/2011 | World

    Bin Laden had support network in Pakistan - Obama

    Osama bin Laden likely had "some sort" of a support network inside Pakistan, US President Barack Obama said, but added it will take investigations by Pakistan and the United States to find out the nature of that support.

  • 13/05/2011 | World

    Bush tells Obama on bin Laden: 'Good call'

    Former President George W. Bush, who spent years searching for Osama bin Laden, had two words for President Barack Obama when Obama told him of the al Qaeda leader's death: "Good call."

  • 14/05/2011 | World

    Pakistan's parliament condemns bin Laden raid

    Pakistan's parliament condemned the US raid to find and kill Osama bin Laden, calling for a review of US ties and warning that Pakistan could cut supply lines to American forces in Afghanistan if there were more such attacks.

  • 07/05/2011 | World

    Obama pivots from bin Laden's death to economy

    President Barack Obama turned from national elation over the killing of America's most wanted foe to face the threat that high gasoline prices and unemployment pose to his own 2012 re-election hopes.

  • 07/05/2011 | World

    US Pentagon releases new videos of bin Laden

    A senior US intelligence official, who released five video clips of bin Laden taken from the compound in Abbottabad, said the information retrieved by US forces represented the largest trove of intelligence ever obtained from a single terrorism suspect.

  • 05/05/2011 | World

    After bin Laden's death, Obama visits Ground Zero

    Days after the killing of Osama bin Laden, US President Barack Obama met New York firefighters and police and visited Ground Zero to offer comfort to a city still scarred by the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • 06/05/2011 | World

    US aircraft strike in Pakistan; protests over bin Laden

    US drone aircraft fired missiles into a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, killing at least eight suspected militants just as Islamists protested against the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • 04/05/2011 | World

    Bin Laden's death boosts Obama's popularity

    The announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death has boosted United States president, Barack Obama, popularity according to the to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Obama’s approval rose 11%. According to the survey, 57 percent said they approved of the president’s job performance.

  • 04/05/2011 | World

    Obama decides not to release bin Laden photos

    US President Barack Obama decided not to release photographs of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's body, saying they could incite violence and be used by militants as a propaganda tool.

  • 29/04/2011 | World

    Obama promises help to rebuild tornado-hit US South

    President Barack Obama flew to the epicenter of one of the United States' worst ever tornado disasters to pledge federal support for recovery after 310 people were killed by destructive twisters.

  • 30/04/2011 | World

    Obama ramps up recovery help for tornado-hit South

    The US government ramped up efforts to help thousands of homeless victims of the country's second deadliest recorded tornado outbreak, which killed at least 350 people.

  • 02/05/2011 | World

    Obama's full statement on Bin Laden's death

    Read US President Barack Obama's full statement on the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

  • 23/04/2011 | World

    Obama says there's 'no magic bullet' to push down petrol prices

    Barack Obama told Americans there is no "magic bullet" to bring down high petrol prices and said he wants to end what he called US$4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies.

  • 27/04/2011 | World

    Obama releases original birth certificate after skeptical comments

    The White House today released US President Barack Obama's original birth certificate. The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.

  • 28/04/2011 | World

    Obama names Panetta as next US defence secretary

    President Barack Obama nominated CIA director Leon Panetta to be US defence secretary and General David Petraeus to replace him at the spy agency, in a major reset of the US national security team.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    Obama to attend April 29 space shuttle launch

    President Barack Obama plans to attend the April 29 launch of the space shuttle Endeavour at Cape Canaveral, Florida, a White House official said.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    At Facebook headquarters, Obama seeks 2008 campaign energy

    President Barack Obama sought to reignite the youthful energy that propelled his 2008 election with a campaign-style visit to the nexus of social communications, Facebook.

  • 21/04/2011 | World

    Obama administration eyes energy markets for fraud

    With US gasoline pump prices soaring, the Obama administration unveiled a working group of federal agencies to probe potential fraud in the energy markets.

  • 12/04/2011 | World

    White House: Obama wants balanced approach on deficit

    The White House signaled that President Barack Obama will discuss the role of taxes in reducing the US deficit in a Wednesday speech.

  • 14/04/2011 | World

    Obama: US must use tax code to help meet deficit targets

    US President Barack Obama said the United States must use the tax code to help meet its targets for reducing the deficit and said that the wealthiest Americans must help achieve that goal.

  • 14/04/2011 | World

    Budget vote shows challenge for Boehner, Obama

    US Congress approved a budget deal to avert a government shutdown, but mass defections in both parties highlighted the difficult fights ahead on spending and debt reduction.

  • 08/04/2011 | World

    US House Republicans told of USD$39 bln spending plan

    US House of Representatives Republican leaders presented to their membership a USD$39 billion spending cut plan aimed at averting a government shutdown, according to Republican lawmakers.

  • 09/04/2011 | World

    Late US budget deal avoids costly shutdown

    President Barack Obama and congressional leaders struck a last-minute budget deal yesterday to narrowly avert a government shutdown that would have hit the economy and idled hundreds of thousands of workers.

  • 10/04/2011 | World

    Obama to offer US deficit plan, more fights loom

    With one budget fight behind him, President Barack Obama will offer a long-term plan for deficit reduction this week in preparation for bigger US spending battles ahead, the White House said.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    White House says still 'committed' to closing Guantanamo

    The White House said that it maintains its compromise to close the Guantanamo Bay Prison despite the decision to try those accused of orchestrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the controversial detention centre.

  • 06/04/2011 | World

    US rebuffs Gaddafi plea to Obama on air campaign

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rebuffed a personal appeal from Muammar Gaddafi to President Barack Obama to stop an "unjust war" and demanded the Libyan leader withdraw his forces and go into exile.

  • 07/04/2011 | World

    Obama, Congress struggle to find budget deal to avoid shutdown

    President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach a deal but narrowed their differences in a bitter budget dispute that could lead to a government shutdown.

  • 30/03/2011 | World

    Obama authorizes secret support for Libya rebels

    President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert US government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials said.

  • 02/04/2011 | World

    Obama likely to announce re-election bid next week

    US President Barack Obama is likely to announce plans next week to run for re-election and file campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission as early as Monday, a Democratic official said.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    Obama kicks off 2012 US re-election campaign

    US President Barack Obama launched his 2012 re-election campaign, framing his final stint as a candidate as an effort to cement and expand the policies he has enacted from the White House.

  • 23/03/2011 | World

    Gaddafi tanks move in again on besieged Libyan city

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces resumed their attack on the rebel-held town of Misrata, moving back onto the offensive just hours after Western strikes silenced their guns.

  • 26/03/2011 | World

    Obama says Libya mission saved 'countless' lives

    President Barack Obama told Americans today that the military mission in Libya is clear, focused and limited, and that it has already saved "countless" civilian lives.

  • 20/03/2011 | World

    Boehner asks Obama should explain Libya mission

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner called on President Barack Obama to explain the US mission in Libya and how his administration intends to achieve its goals.

  • 20/03/2011 | World

    Obama praises Brazil while Libya crisis grows

    President Barack Obama praised Brazil's rise as an emerging power, calling the South American country an equal partner of the United States as he pressed on with a trip overshadowed by a US and European air assault on Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Libya.

  • 21/03/2011 | World

    US to transfer control of Libya force in days

    The United States will transfer control of the air assault on Libyan forces within days, President Barack Obama said, even as European divisions fuelled speculation that US leadership would continue.

  • 17/03/2011 | World

    Obama orders nuclear review, sees risk in Japan

    President Barack Obama said he had ordered a comprehensive review of US nuclear facilities and said radiation from an earthquake-stricken power plant in Japan posed a "substantial risk" to people nearby.

  • 18/03/2011 | World

    Military intervention looms in Libya

    The United States accused Muammar Gaddafi of defying international demands for an immediate ceasefire, and France's UN envoy predicted military action within hours of an international meeting on Libya.

  • 19/03/2011 | World

    Gaddafi says will arm civilians to defend Libya

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said he will arm civilians to defend Libya from what he called "colonial, crusader" aggression by Western forces that have launched air strikes against him.

  • 09/03/2011 | World

    Poll says US citizens see the country on wrong track

    US citizens, who are suffering from high gasoline prices, believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, presenting a fresh challenge for President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said.

  • 14/03/2011 | World

    Obama wants reform of Bush education law this year

    US President Barack Obama called on Congress to overhaul his Republican predecessor's signature "No Child Left Behind" education law before the next school year begins in September.

  • 17/03/2011 | World

    US to help Ireland with economic woes

    US President Barack Obama said he had discussed with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny how Ireland will bounce back from economic turmoil.

  • 03/03/2011 | World

    'Gaddafi must leave, violence must stop,' President Obama says

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday US military aircraft will help move refugees from the Libyan border, as he called on leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave and demanded an end to violence against the Libyan people.

  • 05/03/2011 | World

    President Obama denounces political spending cuts

    President Barack Obama said that spending cuts to narrow the US budget deficit must not be politically motivated or threaten the economy as it climbs out of recession.

  • 07/03/2011 | World

    US to resume Guantanamo trials after 2-year freeze

    President Barack Obama lifted a two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and suggested Congress was hurting national security by blocking his attempts to move some trials into US civilian courts.

  • 26/02/2011 | World

    US says Libya has spoken, Gaddafi must leave now

    President Barack Obama called for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down from power, sharpening US rhetoric after days of deadly violence and criticism that Washington was slow to respond.

  • 02/03/2011 | World

    Obama 'outraged' by killing of two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport

    German police arrested a man after two US airmen were shot dead and two wounded in an incident on a US Army bus at Frankfurt airport, authorities said. President Barack Obama said he was outraged by the attack.

  • 10/02/2011 | World

    Obama calls Mubarak's latest move insufficient

    US President Barack Obama said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's statement that he would hand over power to his vice president was not enough to meet the demands of protesters clamouring for democratic change.

  • 14/02/2011 | World

    Obama budget attacks US deficit, sets up fight

    President Barack Obama proposed a budget that would cut the US deficit by US$1.1 trillion over the next 10 years, but Republicans said it did not curb spending deeply enough.

  • 23/02/2011 | World

    Obama assembles CEO group to advise on economy

    US President Barack Obama named a group of top corporate executives to join a new economic advisory panel, the latest move to boost the economy and reach out to the business community.

  • 09/02/2011 | World

    Obama's ratings inch up, according to poll

    US President Barack Obama's approval ratings inched up again this month as Americans grew slightly more optimistic about the economy and the future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

  • 02/02/2011 | World

    US hardens stance against Mubarak's plan to stay

    The United States hardened its stance against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's plans to hang on to power until September and voiced suspicions the government might be instigating violence.

  • 04/02/2011 | World

    Obama urges Mubarak to make the ‘right decision’

    President Barack Obama appealed to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to make the "right decision" as the United States kept up its push for an orderly transition of power in the face of mass protests.

  • 29/01/2011 | World

    Egypt's Mubarak can't just 'reshuffle the deck', says US

    The United States told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak it was not enough to simply "reshuffle the deck" with a shake-up of his government and pressed him to make good on his promise of genuine reform.

  • 30/01/2011 | World

    Obama presses Mubarak for transition to democracy

    The United States urged an orderly transition to democracy in Egypt to avoid a power vacuum but stopped short of calling on embattled President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

  • 31/01/2011 | World

    US judge strikes down healthcare reform law

    A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.

  • 21/01/2011 | World

    Cuba stops US mail in new hiccup in relations

    Cuba has suspended postal deliveries to the United States, its mail firm said, in a step backward for ties between neighbouring countries that have made cautious progress in repairing a Cold War-era rift.

  • 22/01/2011 | World

    Obama: State of the Union speech to focus on jobs

    President Barack Obama said he would use his annual State of the Union address to urge both parties to act to lift US growth and create more jobs.

  • 26/01/2011 | World

    S&P closes at 29-month high; techs, commods lead

    The S&P 500 closed at a 29-month high led by gains in tech and commodity shares, as investors largely ignored the US Federal Reserve's lukewarm economic assessment.

  • 13/01/2011 | World

    Obama leads mourning of Arizona shooting victims

    President Barack Obama mourned victims of an Arizona shooting spree on Wednesday and urged Americans not to let a political debate over the tragedy be used as "one more occasion to turn on one another."

  • 19/01/2011 | World

    Majority in US House votes to repeal healthcare law

    The Republican-led US House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law in a mostly symbolic move likely to be scuttled in the Senate.

  • 21/01/2011 | World

    Breakthrough after US warns China on North Korea

    The United States warned China that it would redeploy forces in Asia if it failed to rein in its ally North Korea, the New York Times reported, as Pyongyang bowed to Seoul's demands for crisis talks.

  • 06/01/2011 | World

    Obama picks JP Morgan's Daley as chief of staff

    President Barack Obama picked JP Morgan Chase executive William Daley as his new White House chief of staff as part of a major retooling of his team, a senior White House official said.

  • 08/01/2011 | World

    Obama says Arizona shooting investigation under way

    US President Barack Obama said that US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was battling for her life after she was shot in Arizona and that the motivation for the shooting was not known.

  • 12/01/2011 | World

    Obama visits wounded Congresswoman Giffords

    President Barack Obama visited wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords to begin an emotional trip to Arizona as political leaders condemned the deadly shooting spree in Tucson.

  • 18/12/2010 | World

    Obama invokes Reagan to push START treaty

    Fresh from a shared victory on an US$858 billion tax-cut package, President Barack Obama pushed for congressional approval of the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

  • 01/01/2011 | World

    Obama offers help after attacks in Egypt, Nigeria

    President Barack Obama condemned separate "outrageous terrorist bombing attacks" in Egypt and Nigeria and said the United States was prepared to assist both countries in responding to them.

  • 03/01/2011 | World

    Obama signs health bill for September 11 responders

    President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that funds medical care for firefighters and other responders to the September 11 attacks in 2001.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    Judge rejects key part of Obama healthcare law

    A judge in Virginia declared unconstitutional a key part of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law in the first major setback on an issue that will likely end up at the Supreme Court.

  • 15/12/2010 | World

    Obama administration sues BP, others on Gulf spill

    The Obama administration sued BP Plc and four other companies tied to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, charging violations of US environmental laws, in the opening salvo in what will likely be a lengthy legal battle.

  • 15/12/2010 | World

    Obama: business leaders optimistic will spend cash

    President Barack Obama said that business leaders had signaled their willingness to dip into ample corporate cash piles to increase investment and US hiring.

  • 11/12/2010 | World

    Diplomat Richard Holbrooke in critical condition

    Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition after doctors completed surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, the State Department said.

  • 11/12/2010 | World

    Obama calls WikiLeaks' 'deplorable,' White House

    President Barack Obama told Turkish and Mexican leaders that WikiLeaks' actions were "deplorable" as the US administration kept up damage control efforts over the website's embarrassing release of masses of secret US cables.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    US Senate nears key vote on Obama tax package

    The Democratic-led Congress moved toward grudging approval of President Barack Obama's deal with Republicans to extend expiring tax cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans.

  • 20/03/2014 | Latin America

    Mujica agrees to take Guantanamo inmates after US request

    Uruguay has agreed with the United States to accept some prisoners held in the much-criticized detention center at the US military base of Guantanamo Bay, President Jose Mujica said.

  • 05/05/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela rebuffs Obama, repeats case against US 'spy'

    Venezuela brushed off criticism from US President Barack Obama and maintained its accusation that an American detainee in Caracas is a spy pretending to be a filmmaker.

  • 06/09/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil's Rousseff: Obama took responsibility for NSA spying

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, angered by a recent report that the US government spied on her communications, said today that President Barack Obama had taken responsibility for what happened and that she may proceed with a planned visit to Washington next month.

  • 17/09/2013 | Latin America

    Rousseff calls off state visit to US over spying

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has called off plans for a state visit to Washington because of revelations that the US spied on her personal communications and those of other Brazilians.

  • 28/04/2012 | Latin America

    Fidel Castro accuses Obama of trying to topple Chávez

    In his most recent reflections, published in Cuba’s Communist Party newspaper, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro says Washington is promoting destabilizing plans aimed at toppling the Bolivarian government headed by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez.

  • 11/11/2012 | Latin America

    Obama faces Latin America revolt over drugs, trade

    President Barack Obama will face an unprecedented revolt by Latin American countries against the US-led drug war during his second term and he also may struggle to pass new trade deals as the region once known as "America's backyard" flexes its muscles like never before.

  • 02/05/2013 | Latin America

    Maduro: opposition seeks 'totalitarian project' in Venezuela

    Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro asked the US to “respect” his country, and warned about the raise of an extreme right in the Caribbean nation but said he’ll do everything possible “in order to stop the appearance of a new Pinochet.”

  • 19/12/2011 | Latin America

    US voices concerns over Venezuela’s Cuban, Iranian ties

    The United States believes increasingly warm ties between Venezuela, Iran and Cuba do not benefit the Venezuelan people, US President Barack Obama said in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper published today.

  • 09/04/2012 | Latin America

    Brazil complains to Obama about monetary policies in developed nations

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said today that she raised concerns in a meeting with US President Barack Obama over the impact of the rich world's expansionary monetary policies on developing countries such as Brazil.

  • 15/04/2012 | Latin America

    Latin America rebels against US over Cuba

    Unprecedented Latin American opposition to US sanctions on Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at a summit on Sunday and illustrated Washington's declining influence in a region being aggressively courted by China.

  • 28/09/2011 | Latin America

    Obama: Cuba must reform before US eases stance

    The United States is ready to change its stern policy toward Cuba but has not seen steps from Havana that would justify lifting its embargo, President Barack Obama said today.

  • 29/09/2011 | Latin America

    Fidel Castro: 'Many things will change in Cuba in spite of the US'

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro lashed out at US President Barack Obama today for suggesting bilateral relations could improve if Cuba became more democratic, and he said the communist nation would not bow to US pressure.

  • 06/12/2011 | Latin America

    Chávez laughs off Obama-kiss Benetton ad

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez laughed off a Benetton advertisement that showed him kissing his ideological adversary and US counterpart Barack Obama, guffawing that it was a "good joke."

  • 22/03/2011 | Latin America

    Obama pledges $200 mln to Central America drug fight

    President Barack Obama pledged $200 million to combat drug trafficking and street gangs in Central America on the final leg of a regional tour to bolster US ties with southern neighbours who have often felt neglected by Washington.

  • 05/05/2011 | Latin America

    US Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela tenders resignation

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela will leave his post and return to the academic activities, according to what sources from the US State Department told the news agency AFP.

  • 27/09/2011 | Latin America

    Obama nominates Jacobson to be ratified as US - Latin American liaison

    US President Barack Obama suggested that acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, be ratified in office, the White House announced.

  • 19/03/2011 | Latin America

    Obama gives modest backing for Brazil's UN ambition

    US President Barack Obama heralded Brazil's "extraordinary" rise on the world stage but stopped short of backing its bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Obama said his visit was a historic opportunity to strengthen US ties with the region's largest economy.

  • 19/03/2011 | Latin America

    US ambassador to Mexico resigns after diplomatic spat

    The US ambassador to Mexico has resigned, the State Department said, after a public dispute with Mexican President Felipe Calderón over Mexico's handling of efforts to combat drug trafficking.

  • 21/03/2011 | Latin America

    Obama calls for new era of US partnership with Latin America

    Following his weekend visit to Latin America's powerhouse Brazil, Obama laid out a vision for deeper trade, investment and political ties with an economically dynamic region where the United States faces growing competition from China.

  • 12/01/2011 | Latin America

    US, Cuba hold fresh round of migration talks

    US and Cuban officials sat down for a fresh round of migration talks that have been overshadowed by the case of a US contractor jailed in Havana on suspicion of espionage.

  • 25/01/2011 | Latin America

    Obama to visit Brazil in sign of warmer ties

    US President Barack Obama plans to visit Brazil in March in a sign that ties between the two countries are substantially improving after a year of tension over Iran, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reports.

  • 17/03/2011 | Latin America

    'Brazil could be an important partner for the US,' Rousseff says

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said that Barak Obama's visit this weekend strongly consolidates the perception that Brazil “could be an important partner” for the United States, during a press interview.

  • 05/04/2012 | Sports

    Obama, Romney agree: Admit women to Augusta golf club

    US President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, the White House said, adding pressure on the exclusive 80-year-old organization to drop its restrictive policy.

  • 06/02/2013 | Sports

    Online petition asks Obama to help bring back Riquelme

    As anxiety over the possible return of Juan Román Riquelme to Boca Juniors continues, demands for his reinstatement reached the most unthinkable of places: the White House’s ‘We the People’ petition website.

  • 17/02/2013 | Sports

    In a first, Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods

    President Barack Obama saw firsthand how golf is played at the highest level, teeing off with Tiger Woods, the world's No. 2 golfer who is rebuilding a once-squeaky clean image tarnished by a messy 2010 divorce.

  • 09/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Beyoncé to sing national anthem at Obama's inauguration

    R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles has been chosen to sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 21, the presidential inauguration committee said today.

  • 07/09/2011 | Arts and Media

    Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond honoured by Kennedy Centre

    Actress Meryl Streep will add another honour to her illustrious career as one of the five artists recognized by the Kennedy Centre for their contribution to US culture.

  • 13/02/2012 | Arts and Media

    Pacino, Tillis among arts honorees at White House

    Actor Al Pacino and country singer Mel Tillis were among 17 poets, historians, organizations and others honored at the White House for their contributions to the arts or to the humanities.

  • 08/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    Writer says bin Laden film, trailer not politically motivated

    A Hollywood studio this week released a trailer for a film dramatizing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but the film's screenwriter said the trailer was not meant to boost the campaign of US President Barack Obama, who ordered the May 2011 commando raid in which bin Laden was killed.

  • 20/03/2014 | Multimedia

    In video message, Obama tells Iranians there is chance for nuclear deal

    President Barack Obama sent a video message to Iranians today to say there is a chance to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran if Tehran takes verifiable steps to assure the West its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

  • 27/03/2014 | Multimedia

    Obama, Pope Francis meet for the first time, stress fight against inequality

    Pope Francis and US president Barack Obama today held their first private audience at the Vatican and stressed the world's increasing inequality and the fight against poverty.

  • 23/09/2014 | Multimedia

    IS posts second video of UK hostage criticizing war buildup

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for US-led attacks on the militant group.

  • 21/10/2013 | Multimedia

    Video: Obama speaks out on website malfunctions

    The head of state stated that "nobody was madder" than he about Obamacare glitches that have frustrated web users looking for information on the system, which was at the centre of inter-party wranglings that caused this month's government shutdown.

  • 10/12/2013 | Multimedia

    Obama shakes hand of Cuba's Raul Castro at Mandela memorial

    US President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial to Nelson Mandela today, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations which have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

  • 28/02/2014 | Multimedia

    Obama, Biden show off their 'moves'

    US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were seen "moving" today in a video released this morning for first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

  • 03/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Obama to Dempsey: ‘The country is proud of you’

    US President Barak Obama today called US Soccer team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate them on their Brazil World Cup performance.


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