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Palestinians eye concrete gains during Obama visit

The Palestinians are hoping to see concrete gains from US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit, while acknowledging it unlikely the trip will bring about a peace breakthrough. Obama himself has played down expectations of pushing forward peace talks on his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president,…

Obama to announce he’ll bring 34,000 Afghanistan troops home by next year

US President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will pull 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in the next year, a source familiar with his speech said. The long-awaited move will effectively halve the size of the current 66,000-strong US force in…

Obama to hit road to push gun violence plan

US President Barack Obama will hit the road Monday to appear with local leaders and law enforcement officials in Minnesota to push his plan to cut gun violence, which faces a tough road in Congress. Obama will visit Minneapolis, a city that has taken steps to tackle firearms violence, including…

Obama set to unveil sweeping gun control plans

US President Barack Obama was to unveil sweeping plans to tighten gun controls Wednesday, with an assault weapons ban, background checks for all buyers and limits on high-capacity magazines likely. Obama was to outline his comprehensive strategy to thwart America’s scourge of gun violence surrounded by children who wrote to…

Obama critiques Romney on taxes in Ohio

ELYRIA, Ohio — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday fired the opening shot in a battle with his Republican foe Mitt Romney, for the critical general election swing-state of Ohio. Obama traveled to the suburbs of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie to lambast Republican economic policies, which he…

Americas summit leaves Obama little to cheer about

US President Barack Obama came to Colombia hoping to defend US trade interests in Latin America. Instead, he found himself isolated on Cuba, and faced with a Secret Service sex scandal. Pressure from his counterparts at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena to do more than just compliment their “remarkable” progress and bring Cuba back into…

Obama urges Congress to pass ‘Buffett Rule’

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to pass the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which calls for increasing the tax rate on Americans making more than $1 million a year. “Most Americans support this idea,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “One survey found that two-thirds of…

Obama approves non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama has approved non-lethal US aid, including communications equipment and medicines for Syria’s rebels, and plans to increase the package over time, a US official said Friday. The administration had previously indicated it would take such a step, in line with an initiative by the international “Friends…

Brazil’s Rousseff tells Obama of ‘currency war’ worries

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has voiced concern to US President Barack Obama that the easy money policies of developed countries threaten the growth of emerging economies like Brazil. The comments from the leader of Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy, came Monday on her first visit to the White House…

Board rules that Marine who called Obama the ‘enemy’ should be discharged

A US Marine faces possible dismissal after posting critical remarks on Facebook about US President Barack Obama, with a review board recommending a less than honorable discharge. Sergeant Gary Stein, 26, a nine-year veteran, posted comments on Facebook and other websites calling Obama a coward and “the economic and religious…

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