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Obama briefed on quake during golf round

US President Barack Obama broke away from a round of golf to conduct a conference call with top disaster officials Tuesday after a rare earthquake shook America’s east coast. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama, playing a course on Martha’s Vineyard island, did not feel the impact of the…

Obama meets crown prince of Bahrain at White House

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama met the crown prince of Bahrain Tuesday, as Washington backed the Sunni royal family’s national dialogue to ease the political crisis in the Shiite majority kingdom. Obama dropped by a meeting between Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa and US National Security Advisor Tom…

US weighs ‘appropriate’ response on Libya: official

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is “considering all appropriate actions” on Libya, an administration official said Monday, urging Moamer Kadhafi’s regime not to use force against raging protests. Angry Libyan demonstrators attacked the state broadcaster and set government buildings ablaze on Monday as the leader’s son warned that the…

White House reiterates demand that Iran allow protests

A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran’s refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings. “By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” National Security…

Iraqi parliament finally arrives at power sharing agreement

The United States hailed a power-sharing agreement in Iraq as a major step towards forming a cross-sectarian government that would prevent a return to ethnic violence. But even as senior administration officials praised the agreement in a conference call with reporters here, members of a key Sunni bloc staged a…

Activist berates White House, Clinton for honoring ‘war criminal’ Kissinger

It’s been more than forty years since Henry Kissinger was giving advice to Richard Nixon on the illegal bombing of Cambodia, but the 87 year old former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State remains a controversial figure. The announcement earlier this week that Kissinger would be keynoting a Department…

Number of attempted US domestic attacks soar: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The number of attempted attacks against the United States in the past nine months has “surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period,” according to a Department of Homeland Security memo, CNN said. The DHS assessment dated May 21, and reported on the CNN…

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