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Putin and Obama order security agencies to find way out of Snowden impasse

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama have ordered the chiefs of their respective security agencies to find a way out of the impasse caused by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden’s stay in a Moscow airport, a senior official said on Monday. “Of course (Putin and Obama) don’t have…

Obama: If daughters get tattoos, Michelle and I will too

US President Barack Obama has a unique strategy for keeping his daughters from getting tattoos: threatening to get the same design, along with his wife, and turning it into a family YouTube moment. “What we’ve said to the girls is: ‘If you guys ever decide that you’re going to get…

Obama launches commission to investigate voting irregularities

US President Barack Obama Thursday tasked a presidential commission to probe long lines at polling stations and other irregularities faced by voters in last year’s election. Obama, making good on a promise issued in his victory speech last November, signed an executive order to charter the commission, which will deliver…

Obama expects Senate immigration bill next month

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he expected the Senate would start debating comprehensive immigration reform next month, putting an optimistic spin on the legislation’s prospects. In an interview with the Univision Spanish-language television station, Obama praised a bipartisan group of Democratic and Republican senators working to come up…

Obama visits Bethlehem’s Nativity Church attributed to Jesus’ birth

US President Barack Obama on Friday visited Bethlehem’s Nativity Church built on the site where tradition says Jesus was born, at the end of a three-day trip to Israel and the West Bank. The visit took place later than expected because of an unexpected sandstorm which forced the president to…

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…

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