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Obama warns nuclear terrorism still a major threat

US President Barack Obama warned on Monday that nuclear terrorism remained one of the world’s biggest threats, as he called for greater urgency in safeguarding the world’s atomic stockpiles. In a speech hours before the opening of a nuclear security summit in South Korea, Obama said major progress had been…

House votes to repeal part of Obama health care law

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a key measure of US President Barack Obama’s health care reform, a symbolic move on the historic law’s second anniversary. The bill, adopted by lawmakers 223-181, including seven Democrats, would scrap a 15-member panel established to control costs for…

Obama to visit DMZ between Koreas on Sunday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will visit the tense border zone between the two Koreas after arriving in Seoul on Sunday for a nuclear security summit, a White House official said Tuesday. Obama will also hold bilateral summits with China’s Hu President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and…

Obama campaign takes in $5 million in one day

US President Barack Obama, juggling dual roles as fundraiser extraordinaire and commander-in-chief, piled up a cool five million dollars in a lucrative single-day campaign blitz. In no other country is a leader expected to tend to a deteriorating war he is leading in Afghanistan on the same day as conducting…

Obama to announce rare earth trade case against China

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will Tuesday announce a new trade suit against China prompted by Beijing’s restrictions on the export of rare earth materials used in manufacturing high-tech products. A senior White House official said on condition of anonymity that the United States would bring the case at…

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…

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