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Ukraine insurgents agree to ceasefire as Obama warns Putin of new sanctions

Ukraine’s pro-Russian insurgents have agreed to a temporary ceasefire and talks with the new Western-backed president, as US President Barack Obama warned Russia it risks fresh sanctions over its support for the separatists. The surprise ceasefire announcement from the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic came a day after…

Obama: Congress’ inaction on gun reform is the ‘biggest frustration’ of my presidency

Obama calls for national ‘soul searching’ over gun violence (via AFP) US President Barack Obama Tuesday called for national “soul searching” over gun violence, warning that mass shootings were “off the charts” in a way no other advanced country would tolerate. Obama vented frustration and disbelief that there was no…

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi forecast to win as Obama makes pledge to new India leader

US President Barack Obama pledged to work closely with the new Indian government as Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was forecast Tuesday to have pulled off a crushing victory in the world's biggest election. "Modi at Delhi Gate" said a headline in the……

Obama criticizes Russian ‘provocation’ in Ukraine, behavior of pro-Russian ‘thugs’

Obama decries ‘thugs’ in Ukraine, Russian ‘provocation’ (via AFP) US President Barack Obama told Russia Sunday it should cooperate with international observers in Ukraine, not stand by while they were detained by pro-Moscow “thugs.” Obama also made his first public comments on new international sanctions due to come…  …

Obama denounces ‘ignorant’ alleged racism by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling

US President Barack Obama interrupted his diplomatic initiative in Asia Sunday to condemn "ignorant" and "incredibly offensive" racist remarks allegedly made by the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. Obama took aim at the reported comments by Clippers……

Obama secret agents sent home from Europe after boozing

Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting US President Barack Obama during his visit to Amsterdam this week were sent home after a night of drinking, with one found passed out in a hotel hallway, a newspaper reported. The three agents have……

Obama: Putin’s tough-guy act is a ‘schtick’ for the locals

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that Vladimir Putin’s bored, tough guy act was just a ‘schtick’ designed to boost his domestic political image. Obama and his Russian counterpart have become known for stilted photo ops during bilateral meetings at various global summits, in which they stare straight ahead and…

Thai protest leader claims rallies are ‘pro-democracy’ in letter to Obama

The leader of Thailand's opposition protests, who has vowed to disrupt upcoming elections, has written to US President Barack Obama telling him that the demonstrators' efforts to topple the government are "pro-democracy". Suthep Thaugsuban, who this……

Mitch McConnell accuses Harry Reid of coddling Iran for Obama

The Senate’s Democratic leadership is shielding US President Barack Obama from potentially embarrassing fallout by refusing to vote on new sanctions against Iran, the chamber’s top Republican warned Wednesday. Lawmakers from both parties are keen to expand economic penalties on Iran, which is in the midst of negotiations with world…

Obama set to meet with with Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter chiefs

US President Barack Obama will Tuesday meet bosses of tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter to discuss US spy agency surveillance and his notorious health care reform website. A White House official said Obama would talk to the Silicon Valley chieftains about progress in repairing the glitch prone…

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