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U.S.-Iran tension subsides not with a bang but with a tweet

The surprise first phone contact Friday between presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani was not only a dramatic moment in US-Iranian ties, but also in the field of digital diplomacy. Moments before the US leader announced from the White House podium that he had a chat with his opposite number,…

U.S. adds 14 new nations to list of backers on Syria

The White House on Monday said an additional 14 nations had signed up to a list of countries supporting a “strong international response” to what it says is Syria’s use of chemical weapons. The statement was put together at the G20 summit in Russia last week, and originally included 10…

Americans are no longer interested in policing the world, Mr. Obama

However Congress votes on Syrian intervention, the White House will have problems escaping the fallout After 12 years of endless war; after Afghanistan, after Iraq, after Libya, after the drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the American people have had enough. There is perhaps no better explanation for the rather…

Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest

A US hunger striker was force fed through a nasal tube in front of the White House Friday, in a protest aimed at showing the procedure used at Guantanamo is “torture.” Weakened by his 61-day fast, Andres Thomas Conteris sat on a chair outside the White House, clad in an…

White House report on Syrian chemical weapons use faces high bar after Bush Administration’s Iraq lies

The White House prepared Thursday to issue a report accusing Syria’s government of waging chemical warfare, but faces a high burden proof due to the hangover from botched Iraq war intelligence and disquiet in Congress. The report is meant to bolster the case for a probable US military intervention in…

Former White House ‘intellectual property czar’ immediately jumps ship to Microsoft-driven anti-piracy lobbying group BSA

This was rumored for weeks before the former White House IP czar (technically “Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator”) even had announced that she was stepping down from her job, but now it’s been confirmed: just weeks after leaving the White…  …

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…

White House: ‘Difficult to imagine’ authorities demanding destruction of hard drives

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives. As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal…

U.S. says it did not sanction holding Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow, but was told his name was on passenger list

Britain is facing intense pressure to give a detailed explanation of the decision to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald after the White House confirmed that it was given a “heads up” before David Miranda was taken into custody for nine hours at Heathrow. As the UK’s…

White House says Egypt’s new regime is on the ‘wrong path’

The White House has stepped up condemnation of the interim Egyptian government as its bloody crackdown on protesters put the US under growing pressure to rethink its tacit support for the new military rulers. In its harshest criticism yet, White House spokesman Josh Earnest accused the military of breaking its…

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