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UN sends aid chief to Syria

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos headed for Syria on Wednesday to urge the regime to allow aid into battered protest cities, as US President Barack Obama insisted military intervention would be a “mistake”. A Chinese envoy sent to discuss ways to end the bloodshed in Syria, meanwhile, was to discuss a six-point peace plan with Foreign Minister…

Obama to host G8 summit in Camp David, not Chicago

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will host leaders of the G8 club of rich nations on May 18-19 at his Camp David retreat instead of in his hometown of Chicago, the White House said Monday. Obama still plans to host NATO leaders and partners in Chicago on May 20-21…

Obama warns Iran would ‘play victim’ if attacked

US President Barack Obama warned a premature attack on Iran would allow it to play the “victim” in the nuclear crisis, in remarks published Friday days before he meets Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. In some of his toughest comments yet on Tehran’s nuclear drive, Obama also said Israel and Iran…

Obama pokes fun at birth controversy on Facebook

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama switched his Facebook page on Thursday to the social network’s new “timeline” format and poked fun at the controversy over his birthplace. The first entry on Obama’s revamped Facebook page lists his birthdate — August 4, 1961 — and provides a link to a…

Obama to meet with auto union workers

US President Barack Obama will address members of the United Auto Workers union Tuesday as Republicans hold a key primary contest in Michigan, home to the US automobile industry. White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president will speak at the annual UAW community action program conference, which will bring together 1,700…

Obama keeps Libya sanctions in place

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday extended by one year the national emergency order allowing sanctions against Libya to remain in place, the White House announced. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama said he was concerned by ongoing threats posed to US interests by the family of…

Obama goes on offensive as gasoline prices soar

MIAMI — US President Barack Obama tried to head off Republican criticism over rising gasoline prices Thursday, ridiculing their responses as bumper-sticker policies designed to win an election, not to solve the problem. Visiting the hard-hit election battleground of Florida, a feisty Obama responded to a barrage of Republican criticism…

Obama says U.S. on track to doubling exports

US President Barack Obama said Saturday his administration was headed toward fulfilling its commitment of doubling US exports over five years and promised to reward businesses that created jobs at home with tax breaks. “Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling US exports over five years,” the president…

Obama asks for $770 million to boost Arab democracy

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday requested a fund of nearly $800 million to boost political and other reforms in Arab countries undergoing pro-democracy revolutions. The new fund is part of $51.6 billion requested for the State Department and US Agency for International Development in 2013, which…

Obama anchors budget on tax hikes for the rich

US President Barack Obama will Monday roll out a populist election-year budget, challenging Republicans to support his job creation drive and to finally agree to hike taxes on the richest Americans. Obama will use his annual spending plan to flesh out his pledge to build a new economy in which…

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