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Barack Obama leaves Rome for Saudi Arabia

US President Barack Obama on Friday left Italy for Saudi Arabia — the last stop of his six-day tour of Europe and the Middle East. Obama’s plane, Air Force One, left Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 0955 GMT, an AFP photographer travelling with the president said. The US leader was expected…

House Republicans to champion fiscal austerity in 10-year budget blueprint

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans will unveil a 10-year budget blueprint in the next few weeks that will champion fiscal austerity, a theme party leaders hope will energize conservative voters ahead of the November congressional elections. But crafting a budget that can bring together…

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Obama hosts Japan-South Korea summit

North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles Wednesday, prompting a stern US reaction after President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit aimed at uniting the three nations against Pyongyang's nuclear threat. Washington……

U.S. sends more commandos to Uganda in hunt for infamous warlord Joseph Kony

Washington is sending more elite commandos and tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Uganda to help hunt for Joseph Kony, the fugitive warlord accused of rape, murder and the kidnapping of children. At least four CV-22 Ospreys and refueling planes, as well as 150 Air Force special forces personnel and other airmen…

Obama pledges to address gender pay gap, warns Dems could get ‘clobbered’ in midterms

President Barack Obama used a speech at a community college on Thursday to begin a series of events highlighting economic issues affecting women such as the gender pay gap in which women earn three-quarters as much as their male counterparts. He spoke at the Orlando campus of Valencia College, a…

David VanDerBeek wants to go from Obama’s ‘kill list’ to Nevada governor’s mansion

Conspiracy theorist David Lory VanDerBeek, the Constitution Party candidate for Nevada government, just might be the least mainstream candidate offered by any party in the United States. The marriage and family therapist believes President Barack Obama ordered the Sandy Hook massacre to implement psychological evaluations for gun owners, just as…

Right-wing Christian leader: Antichrist Obama tempting God’s wrath like biblical Nimrod

The head of a right-wing Christian advocacy group warned that the United States was risking God’s wrath by backing President Barack Obama – whom he suggested may be the Antichrist. Rev. Mark Creech, the head of Christian Action League, said the biblical account of the Tower of Babel served as…

After decades of racial bias, veterans of color receive Medals of Honor

Two dozen U.S. veterans dodged bullets and grenades in military heroism, but were only Tuesday recognized with the most prestigious US combat award after being denied for decades due to racism. The Hispanic, black and Jewish soldiers served during the Vietnam, Korean and Second World Wars. Ten died during the…

Obama imposes sanctions on Putin’s aides and others over Crimean separation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians on Monday blamed for Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s order freezes any assets in the United States and bans travel into the country of 11 people…

Obama national security aides meet at White House to discuss Ukraine crisis, response

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered. Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned…

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