Obama will not stay silent on ‘core values’ after leaving White House

Obama will not stay silent on ‘core values’ after leaving White House

Outgoing US President Barack Obama vowed not to remain silent when he feels the country’s “core values” are being threatened as he gave his last press conference on Wednesday before turning over the Oval Office to Donald Trump. A president’s farewell news conference is traditionally a mild-mannered ritual, but the rocky handover to president-elect Trump […]

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday easing but not eliminating sanctions against Sudan, in an eleventh-hour push to broaden talks with the long-estranged African government. Exactly two decades after the US imposed economic sanctions against Sudan and with barely a week to go before Obama leaves office, the US is starting to […]

Tearful Obama bids farewell in emotional speech

Tearful Obama bids farewell in emotional speech

Conceding disappointments during his presidency yet offering vigorous encouragement for the nation’s future, Barack Obama issued an emotional defense Tuesday of his vision to Americans facing a moment of anxiety and a dramatic change in leadership. Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the trials and triumphs, promises kept […]

Obama, Japan’s PM pay homage to Pearl Harbor victims

Obama, Japan’s PM pay homage to Pearl Harbor victims

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama made a joint pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, laying wreaths for the victims of the Japanese aerial attack that prompted the United States to enter World War II. The two leaders stood solemnly in front of a wall inscribed with the names of those […]

Obama to welcome Japan’s PM for historic visit to Pearl Harbor

Obama to welcome Japan’s PM for historic visit to Pearl Harbor

US President Barack Obama and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will meet Tuesday at Pearl Harbor, making Abe the first Japanese leader to pay an official visit to the site of the bombing that drew the United States into World War II in December 1941. It will also be the first time that an American president […]

UN resolution: No love lost between Netanyahu and Obama

UN resolution: No love lost between Netanyahu and Obama

In what many see as a final defiant diplomatic move, US President Barack Obama has allowed a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a move highlighting the stark deterioration of US-Israeli relations The US abstained from a UN Security Council vote on Friday allowing all remaining 15 members of the Council to pass the first UN […]

Obama vows action over Russia election hack as White House say Putin directly involved

Obama vows action over Russia election hack as White House say Putin directly involved

Barack Obama on Thursday said the United States would retaliate against Russian hacking after the White House accused Vladimir Putin of direct involvement in cyberattacks designed to influence the US election. The outgoing US president’s remarks dramatically upped the stakes in a dispute between the world’s leading nuclear powers over interference that may have swayed […]

Obama may weigh in on Trump presidency to defend US ideals

Obama may weigh in on Trump presidency to defend US ideals

  President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn’t intend to become his successor’s constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.” Offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama suggested once he was out of office he would […]

Obama calls for ‘course correction’ on globalisation during Europe visit

Obama calls for ‘course correction’ on globalisation during Europe visit

US President Barack Obama arrived in Germany on Wednesday on the final leg of a European tour aimed at reassuring key allies about transatlantic ties under his successor Donald Trump. Obama touched down in Berlin for a visit due to last until Friday, during which he will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as […]

Obama: Trump set for White House reality check

Obama: Trump set for White House reality check

President Barack Obama cautioned against dire predictions for Donald Trump’s presidency Monday, saying his Republican successor faces a reality check if he tries to enact his most controversial campaign promises. The outgoing Democratic leader made his comments at a wide-ranging news conference before he embarks on a farewell visit to Europe to reassure worried allies […]

US is ‘rooting’ for Trump after election win, says Obama

US is ‘rooting’ for Trump after election win, says Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to work for a smooth transition of power with president-elect Donald Trump, the Republican winner of Tuesday’s election, who has promised to undo Obama’s top domestic and foreign policy initiatives. In brief remarks to reporters in the White House Rose Garden, Obama urged fellow Democrats to put aside […]

Fate of US in voters’ hands’, Obama warns as White House race tightens

Fate of US in voters’ hands’, Obama warns as White House race tightens

The fate of American democracy is in voters’ hands, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s battle for the White House went down to the wire. With six days until the election, the world looked on agog as an uptick in support for Clinton’s 70-year-old Republican rival delighted America’s foes, made […]

‘Dangerous’ Trump ‘undermines our democracy’, says Obama

‘Dangerous’ Trump ‘undermines our democracy’, says Obama

  President Barack Obama eviscerated would-be successor Donald Trump Thursday for threatening not to concede if he loses next month’s election, calling for a thumping Democratic victory to repudiate his “dangerous” claims of a rigged vote. Trump cast the United States into uncharted political waters by suggesting he may not recognize the result of the […]

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

Americans traveling to Cuba will be allowed to bring home more of the island’s cigars and rum under new measures announced by the U.S. government on Friday to further ease trade, travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades. Cuba welcomed the steps, part of President Barack Obama’s effort to make his […]

Obama hails ‘historic day’ as Paris climate accord set to take affect

Obama hails ‘historic day’ as Paris climate accord set to take affect

A global agreement to combat climate change will take force after support from European nations sent the accord across an important threshold on Wednesday, prompting US President Barack Obama to hail it as a “historic day” for protecting the planet. European nations, Canada, Bolivia and Nepal raised backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries […]

Obama faces showdown with Congress over 9/11 lawsuit bill

Obama faces showdown with Congress over 9/11 lawsuit bill

President Barack Obama faces a showdown with Congress after vetoing a bill to allow US citizens to sue Saudi officials for alleged links to the September 11 attacks, a decision that puts him at odds with Democratic allies as well as Hillary Clinton. Making good on his pledge to use his veto power, Obama struck […]

Obama vetoes bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Obama vetoes bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Setting up a potential override by Congress, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. Obama cited the potential for the popular bipartisan bill to backfire against the U.S., its diplomats and military personnel. The bill sailed through both chambers […]

Philippine president expresses regret over calling Obama a ‘son of a whore’

Philippine president expresses regret over calling Obama a ‘son of a whore’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret on Tuesday for a tirade against Barack Obama in which he called the US leader a “son of a whore”. “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the […]

Obama scraps meeting with Philippine leader over ‘son of a whore’ jibe

Obama scraps meeting with Philippine leader over ‘son of a whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a planned meeting with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, the White House said Monday, after his Asian ally launched a foul-mouthed tirade against him. Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore” hours earlier, vowing he would not allow the American leader to lecture him on human rights. “President Obama […]

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS)jihadists and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection […]

Obama promises support to Louisiana after deadly floods

Obama promises support to Louisiana after deadly floods

U.S. President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhood on Tuesday hugging people and offering assurances that the country would help them recover from some of the worst floods ever recorded in Louisiana. “What I want the people of Louisiana to know is, you’re not alone on this, even […]

‘Nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton’, Obama tells Democratic convention

‘Nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton’, Obama tells Democratic convention

  President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of America’s future in a speech Wednesday aimed at giving full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton to help her defeat Republican rival Donald Trump and become the first woman elected US president. “There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton) – nobody more […]

Melania Trump accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama speech

Melania Trump accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama speech

  Melania Trump found herself swept up in an embarrassing plagiarism scandal on Tuesday after delivering a speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention that appeared to be in part lifted from a speech given by Michelle Obama. Up until this week, Melania Trump has played a minor role in her husband’s […]

Obama hosts meeting with police, activists in wake of shootings

Obama hosts meeting with police, activists in wake of shootings

President Barack Obama on Wednesday hosted a meeting focused on how to bridge the divide between police officers and the black and Hispanic communities after a series of high-profile police killings sparked fresh protests throughout the country. The United States is “not even close” to resolving issues between police and the communities they serve, Obama […]

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