Barack Obama

Obama defends Yemen counter-terrorism strategy

President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country. The U.S. campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is heavily dependent on using drone strikes to take[…]

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Obama, Cameron meet amid spector of radicalism

Growing fears about the specter of radicalism in Europe and the West are lending themselves to a sense of trans-Atlantic solidarity as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron meet at the White House. Close and easy partners, Obama and Cameron have long touted their congenial relationship as[…]

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White house open to Castro visit

A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said Thursday, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement. With developments proceeding apace, a high-level US diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, revealed she will travel to Havana[…]

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SA hails US-Cuba breakthrough

South Africa on Thursday hailed US President Barack Obama’s announcement of moves to “normalise” his country’s diplomatic ties with Cuba. “The South African government welcomes the release of the remaining three of the Cuban Five, and the intention by the US to normalise diplomatic relations with Cuba,” the international relations[…]

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Al Qaeda blames Obama for Yemen hostage deaths

Al-Qaeda has blamed President Barack Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning “the lives of all Americans are in danger”. “Obama made the wrong decision, and signed the death warrant” of American Luke Somers, who was killed along[…]

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Obama vows more ‘fair and just’ immigration to US

Pledging to fix America’s “broken” immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and drew unspecified pledges to counter it, Obama said nearly all undocumented[…]

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Obama, Sisi hold first meeting on sidelines of UN

US President Barack Obama stressed Egypt’s role in the security of the Middle East Thursday as he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi met for the first time on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. “Obviously, the US-Egyptian relationship has been an important cornerstone of our security[…]

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US to expand strikes on IS

US President Barack Obama will not hesitate to conduct airstrikes in Syria as he expands the US fight to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State. “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama said in a rare evening address to the American people from[…]

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Obama to outline plan to combat IS fighters

US President Barack Obama is set to outline an expanded military and political effort to combat the Islamic State armed group in Syria and Iraq, and urge American legislators to quickly give him authority to arm Syrian opposition forces. Obama’s much-anticipated television address on Wednesday comes on the eve of[…]

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