Obama vows US will respond to Sony hack

2014-12-20 08:32

US President Barack Obama says Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the US would respond "in a place and manner that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal.

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

2014-12-19 06:49

A lack of unanimity toward Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in policy toward Cuba.

After first big step, US faces long path to forge ties with Cuba

2014-12-17 22:46

The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity, but the path is full of obstacles.

Obama announces move to normalise relations with Cuba

2014-12-17 19:40

President Barack Obama has announced a move to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba, saying it is time to "cut loose the shackles of the past".

Christmas shopping is a puzzle for Obama too

2014-12-16 05:15

Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one.

US Congress passes fresh sanctions on Russia

2014-12-14 11:15

The US Congress has unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Obama.

Sony says sorry to Barack Obama amid leaked e-mails storm

2014-12-12 14:05

Beleaguered studio Sony Pictures has apologised for racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama in company e-mails.

Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight ISIS

2014-12-10 13:45

Secretary of State John Kerry says a new congressional authorisation for US military operations against ISIS should not be limited to Iraq and Syria and should not bind President Obama.

Korkie made a big impact in my life - Neethling

2014-12-08 12:12

Pierre Korkie had a great influence on Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling while he studied at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

US embassy sends condolences to Korkie, Somers families

2014-12-08 10:59

The US embassy has sent its condolences to the families of Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers after they were killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen at the weekend.

Memorial service for Korkie this week - family

2014-12-08 08:38

A memorial service is set to be held this week for Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, his family says.

Obama: It will take time to tackle racism in US

2014-12-07 19:33

President Barack Obama says it's going to take time and vigilance to tackle problems as "deeply rooted" as racism and bias.

US and SA mourn killed hostages

2014-12-06 22:28

The United States and South Africa are mourning the loss of two hostages killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen.

Jordan king warns ISIS fight is WW3

2014-12-05 22:36

Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned that the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants is the third world war.

Obama to announce defense secretary pick

2014-12-05 09:08

President Obama's choice for his next defence chief faces conflict abroad, budget retrenchment at home and the expectation that the White House will have a heavy hand in Pentagon affairs.

Obama: Garner case shows larger issues between minorities, police

2014-12-04 10:19

President Obama says that a grand jury decision not to indict police officers in the Eric Garner chokehold death case in New York City 'speaks to the larger issues' between minorities and police in America.

Hagel's departure won't slow nuke reforms

2014-12-03 10:23

A top US official says Chuck Hagel's surprise resignation as Pentagon chief won't steal momentum from his plan to change how the nuclear air force is managed.

Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

2014-12-01 22:19

President Barack Obama is calling for $75m in federal spending to get 50 000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians.

Obama's 'Power Africa' plan off to dim start

2014-11-30 11:29

US President Barack Obama's promised R77bn five-year plan to "Power Africa" is yet deliver the power.

Ferguson crisis troubles Obama's careful race stance

2014-11-27 08:47

Barack Obama's cautious response to clashes between protesters and police in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson shows he still walks a fine line when the issue of race exacerbates a crisis.

India, US hold trade dialogue

2014-11-25 15:38

The United States and India have held their first round of formal trade talks in four years, seeking to capitalise on the resolution of a global trade dispute.

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

2014-11-25 12:22

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particular tough time for US foreign and defence policy, with one war ending, another beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead.

Pentagon boss Hagel out as ISIS war heats up

2014-11-25 05:24

President Barack Obama has announced the departure of US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the ISIS threat.

Tech, medical sectors mixed on Obama's immigration changes

2014-11-24 15:29

Nestled in President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul aspects of the US immigration system are tweaks to rules for high-skilled workers long frustrated with hurdles to getting work or residency approval.

Obama defends moves on immigration

2014-11-23 22:01

President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.


Obama concerened over Egypt mass trials

2014-12-19 09:57

President Obama has spoken to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and expressed concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists and peaceful activists.

Hillary Clinton backs Obama move on Cuba

2014-12-18 07:25

Former US Secretary of State and potential presidential contender Hillary Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's move to establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostile relations.

US lawmakers furious over Obama's Cuba move

2014-12-17 21:12

Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed outrage over Washington's historic Cuba breakthrough, warning that Congress will block efforts to lift the trade embargo against that country.

Lawmakers press Obama to back Russian sanctions

2014-12-16 14:35

Republicans and Democrats have spoken with one voice in pressing President Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine.

US Marine in transgender murder gets charged

2014-12-15 18:57

Philippine prosecutors have filed murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipino transgender woman, in a case that has fanned anti-American sentiment.

US Senate passes $1 trillion bill, avoids govt shutdown

2014-12-14 07:53

The US Senate has passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that lifts the threat of a government shutdown as Congress attempts to wrap up a two-year legislative session.

CIA may have paid SA ‘lump sum’ for torture centres

2014-12-12 11:52

America’s war on terror in the wake of the 9/11 attacks would not have been possible without the help of allies, but what does the CIA’s torture report reveal of South Africa’s involvement?

Obama urges persistence in fighting racism

2014-12-09 09:47

President Barack Obama says banishing racism in the US can only happen incrementally, and urged young people to "be persistent" in fighting bias.

US says it was unaware of SA hostage talks

2014-12-08 11:28

The United States didn’t know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of Pierre Korkie who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, the US ambassador to SA says.

The divided states of America

2014-12-08 08:43

For Barack Obama, the structural inequity of black in comparison to white Americans will leave an indelible mark on his legacy and capacity as a leader, says Jonathan Brady.

Six Gitmo detainees resettled in Uruguay

2014-12-07 21:46

Six men detained at Guantanamo for more than a decade have been resettled in Uruguay, as US President Barack Obama attempts to fulfil his long-delayed promise to close the US military prison.

Obama hospitalised for tests

2014-12-06 22:34

US President Barack Obama has a sore throat and has gone to Walter Reed military hospital for testing.

Obama sends condolences to families

2014-12-06 20:09

United States president Barack Obama has sent his condolences to the families of South African Pierre Korkie and an American photographer who were killed in a failed rescue operation in Yemen.

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon

2014-12-05 21:11

US President Barack Obama has nominated Defence Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defence secretary to replace Chuck Hagel.

Republicans blocks Obama immigration plan

2014-12-05 06:03

In a symbolic rebuke to US President Barack Obama's unilateral action on immigration, the Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to block his plan.

Jeb Bush condemns Obama immigration order

2014-12-02 11:33

Former governor Jeb Bush has hinted that a decision on his presidential ambitions is coming 'in short order' as he condemned President Obama's recent immigration order.

Wellness spat threatens support on Obamacare

2014-12-01 19:41

Top CEOs angered by the Obama administration on "workplace wellness" programmes have threatened to join anti-Obamacare forces.

Obama pardons 2 turkeys for thanksgiving

2014-11-27 12:29

It is an odd tradition, to be sure. Every year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the president of the United States 'pardons' a turkey at the White House.

Protesters dispersing from Ferguson

2014-11-26 08:11

Police have dispersed protesters from the streets of Ferguson after a second night of demonstrations following a grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Obama heads to Chicago to pitch immigration steps

2014-11-25 13:26

President Barack Obama is returning to the city where he says he first forged his ties to the Latino community to pitch his new executive actions on immigrations.

Obama: US has more work to do on race relations

2014-11-25 09:24

President Obama has issued an appeal for restraint by protesters and police after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen.

Hagel: US on stronger course toward security

2014-11-24 22:09

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration has put the Defence Department and the US on a stronger course toward stability and security, after tendering his resignation.

Last chance saloon for Iran nuclear talks

2014-11-24 15:29

Time is running out for the biggest chance in years to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff, as Tehran and world powers make a final push for a deal but with a risky extension looking likely.

Tense Ferguson braces for grand jury decision

2014-11-23 10:00

The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson has sought to ease tensions as protesters stepped up calls for a grand jury to indict the white officer responsible.

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