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Obama signs law restoring military death benefits

US President Barack Obama signed a measure into law reinstating US military death benefits to families of soldiers killed on duty that had been halted by the government shutdown. The Senate passed the mini funding bill by unanimous consent earlier in the day, following approval by the House of Representatives…

‘Exasperated’ Obama warns Wall Street over shutdown’s financial implications

US President Barack Obama sent Wall Street a blunt warning Wednesday that it should be very worried about a political crisis that has shut down the government and could trigger a US debt default. Obama said he was “exasperated” by the budget impasse in Congress, in an interview with CNBC…

Obama: Syria chemical weapons resolution ‘huge victory’ for world

US President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a UN resolution that provides for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal as “a huge victory” for the world. But Obama acknowledged legitimate concerns over the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and whether the Assad regime would live up to its…

Obama laments ‘yet another mass shooting’

US President Barack Obama on Monday condemned a “cowardly” shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and vowed a “seamless” operation to administer justice to those responsible. “As this investigation moves forward, we will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,”…

Both sides of the Syrian war are mocking Obama

A Syrian caricature shows US President Barack Obama smile and pluck the petals of a daisy, as he wonders, “Should I bomb? Or shouldn’t I bomb?” As Obama delays a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime thought imminent just over a week ago, Syrians on both sides of their civil…

Obama: ‘I didn’t set a red line’ on Syria, ‘the world set a red line’

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the world had set “a red line” for Syria and the international community’s credibility was at stake if it did not take action against the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Obama made the remarks after arriving in Sweden for a two-day visit,…

Syrians mock Obama the ‘coward’

“He who talks a lot doesn’t act,” said Souad, a Damascus resident, mocking US President Barack Obama as a “coward” for delaying a decision to attack the Syrian regime. “Obama is a coward. He didn’t strike because he knows that our President Bashar (al-Assad) is all-powerful,” said the employee of…

Syrian foreign minister accuses Obama of being ‘confused’

Syria on Sunday said US President Barack Obama has grown “hesitant… and confused”, after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress. “President Obama was clearly hesitant, disappointed and confused when he spoke yesterday,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad told reporters, in the Syrian regime’s…

Barack Obama outs Sunny the dog as source of White House ‘leaks’

US President Barack Obama admitted Friday to a new source of leaks in the inner corridors of the White House, saying first puppy Sunny has had a “couple of accidents.” In an interview with CNN Obama said the new dog was keeping him and wife Michelle company as they see…

Obama says Syria chemical attack claim ‘a big event’

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Friday that new allegations of chemical weapons use by Syrian forces are more serious than previous ones. “What we’ve seen indicates clearly this is a big event, of grave concern, and we are already in communications with the entire international community,”…

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