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  • Obama to address Cuban people in Havana speech

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will take a message of reconciliation directly to the Cuban people next week, delivering a public address billed as the keystone of an historic visit to the communist-ruled island. Obama will on Sunday become the first US president in 88 years to visit Cuba, a trip his advisors say will be heavily focused on taking his message to the public.

  • Mass surveillance now ‘aggressive, invasive’: Snowden

    Madrid: Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst Edward Snowden, known for revealing the extent of surveillance by US intelligence, has said that this form of surveillance is “more aggressive and invasive today than it was before”. Snowden made the statement in Moscow, where he has been granted asylum after being accused of espionage in 2013 for revealing secret surveillance programmes of the US government.

  • Obama mocks Republican party for ‘shock’ over Trump’s campaign

    Washington : US President Barack Obama has mocked the Republican leadership for being “shocked” over the campaign narrative of its frontrunner Donald Trump as he blamed it for creating the environment that led to the controversial leader’s rise. “We’ve got a debate inside the other party that is fantasy and schoolyard taunts and selling stuff like it’s the Home Shopping Network,” Obama said during a public meeting in Austin, Texas referring to the election campaign and rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates.

  • Obama hits out at Cameron, Sarkozy over Libya intervention

    Washington:  British leader David Cameron got “distracted” and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to promote his country during the 2011 NATO-led military intervention in Libya, US President Barack Obama said in an interview today. Obama didn’t shy away from rebuking two of his closest allies in the extensive magazine interview, as he discussed the conditions surrounding the British and French-led bombing campaign that led to the fall of Moamer Kadhafi’s regime.

  • Nancy Reagan passes away at 94

    New York: Nancy Reagan, the wife of former US president Ronald Reagan, passed away last night. She was 94 years old. Known for her devotion during Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House and decades outside it, Nancy died in her home in Los Angeles.

  • Seoul welcomes new US sanctions on Pyongyang

    Seoul: South Korea on Friday welcomed stringent new US sanctions against North Korea, anticipating it will help curb Pyongyang’s provocative behavior. US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a North Korea sanctions bill that Congress overwhelmingly passed last week in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and long-range rocket tests, The Korea Herald reported. The sanctions bill calls for imposing mandatory sanctions on those assisting Pyongyang due to its nuclear and missile programmes,

  • Supreme Court nominee would be indisputably qualified: Obama

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has pledged to pick an indisputably qualified nominee for the Supreme Court as he lashed out at Republicans who threatened to block him from filling the key vacancy for which three Indian-Americans could be the possible candidates. “I’m going to present somebody who indisputably is qualified for the seat and any fair-minded person — even somebody who disagreed with my politics — would say would serve with honour and integrity on the court,” Obama told

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    Obama starts summit talks with Asean leaders

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has started a meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, looking to deepen what he called a “strong and enduring partnership”, the media reported on Tuesday. During the opening session of the summit in Rancho Mirage, in Sunnylands, California, on Monday, Obama stressed his “personal commitment” to build a “strong and long-lasting” alliance in the region.

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    Obama greets Dalai Lama, upsets China

    Beijing/London: US President Barack Obama has angered China after warmly acknowledging Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him “a good friend” at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, media reports said on Saturday. Obama did not directly meet the Dalai Lama who was seated among the audience at the annual White House National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, but bowed to the Tibetan Buddhist leader and called him a “good friend”,

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    Donald Trump criticises Barack Obama for focusing more on climate

    Washington: Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has criticised US President Barack Obama for focusing on climate change rather than fighting the Islamic State as he praised Russia for launching air strikes on the dreaded outfit in Syria.

  • Obama’s gaffe: calls PM Modi ‘President’

    New York : In a gaffe, US President Barack Obama referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “President” in his remarks after their bilateral meeting.

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    Barack Obama’s gaffe: calls PM Narendra Modi ‘President’

    New York: In a gaffe, US President Barack Obama referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “President” in his remarks after their bilateral meeting. The slip of tongue was recorded in the first White House transcript of his remarks but later it was re-issued, correcting the “President” to “Prime Minister”.  The gaffe happened when Obama was making his remarks after talks with Prime Minister Modi here yesterday. Obama said, “We are encouraged by the aggressive nature

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    Barack Obama defends Arctic drilling despite criticism from environmentalists

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has defended authorising oil company Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean, leading to criticism from ecological organisations and environment defenders. At a press conference on Thursday following the Camp David summit in Maryland with six Persian Gulf countries, Obama referred to the US Interior Department’s announcement on Monday regarding the drilling, Efe news agency reported.

  • Rahul Gandhi mentions Obama’s praise for Modi in Lok Sabha

    New Delhi: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday mentioned US President Barack Obama’s praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in latest issue of Time magazine and called it a “first time”.  The Congress vice president, speaking as soon as the zero hour started in the lower house, said: “I was at the Congress president’s (Sonia Gandhi) house and I saw Time magazine… Obama ji has written a long article praising Modi,” said the

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    Barack Obama pledges continued support for battle against IS in Iraq

    Washington: US President Barack Obama pledged continued support with training and equipment to help combat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. The ongoing fighting against the extremist group dominated Obama’s talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House, who is on his first visit to the US, Xinhua reported.

  • Not by edicts alone

    Pollution is a huge problem. The national capital is the world’s most polluted city by all accounts. Air quality is so bad that there were concerns about the health of the US President Barack Obama while he was to spend but a mere two days in Delhi earlier this year. The US embassy ended up investing in more than a thousand air purifiers ahead of the Obama visit. But imagine the plight

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    Barack Obama assures Israel he is absolutely committed to its security

    Washington : United States President Barack Obama has said that he is “absolutely committed to making sure” that Israel maintained a military advantage over Iran, amid mounting criticism of the recently-struck framework nuclear deal. Obama said that he understood and respected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance that Israel was “particularly vulnerable” and did not have the “luxury” to test these propositions. He however, added that he was absolutely committed to making sure that

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    US pledges support in fight against Boko Haram

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged continuing US support to Nigeria and its regional partners in the fight against extremist group Boko Haram, a media report said.  In a separate telephonic talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, Obama highlighted the need for Nigeria and its regional partners to build on the recent progress against Boko Haram, the White House said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

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    Barack Obama calls Nigerian president elect Muhammadu Buhari

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has spoken to Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan, praising both for their role in the country’s first democratic transfer of power. Obama spoke to the men separately yesterday to “commend them for their leadership during Nigeria’s election,” the White House said. Obama’s administration has lavished praise on Buhari and Jonathan following an election in Africa’s most populous country and its largest economy.