Obama votes early in Chicago

2014-10-20 22:00

President Barack Obama has cast his ballot during a visit in his hometown of Chicago two weeks ahead of 4 November midterm elections.

Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

2014-10-20 05:00

President Barack Obama has delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season.

Obama’s credit card declined

2014-10-18 10:11

Apparently, even the president of the United States can have trouble with his credit card.

Obama authorises reservists for Ebola fight in W Africa

2014-10-17 11:48

President Barack Obama has authorised the Pentagon to send reservists to take part in a US mission to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Battles rage to hold back ISIS, Obama consults leaders

2014-10-15 21:10

Kurdish and Iraqi forces have fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad as Washington pushed to rally its allies against ISIS.

Obama rallies coalition commanders against ISIS

2014-10-15 09:09

President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State jihadists on Tuesday, as the US-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Ebola:US nurses demand protective equipment

2014-10-13 06:20

A Texas health care worker has become the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, authorities confirmed, blaming a safety breach for the spread of the deadly disease.

ISIS seizes large areas of Syrian town

2014-10-10 09:16

ISIS fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group says, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

Panetta launches tell-all dirt dishing memoir

2014-10-08 05:00

It's as much a Washington tradition as fireworks on 4 July, the blockbuster memoir is a rite of passage for retired power brokers keen to settle scores

Rein in Wall Street risk-taking - White House

2014-10-06 20:18

US President Barack Obama is urging the top financial market regulators to find additional ways to prevent excessive risk-taking across the financial system.

Obama condemns 'brutal' murder of British captive

2014-10-04 07:51

US President Barack Obama has condemned the "brutal" murder of British captive Alan Henning, saying the United States would bring those responsible to justice.

Gaza travel restrictions eased for Muslim holiday

2014-10-02 09:17

In a rare step Israel says it will let 500 Palestinians living in Gaza pray at a Jerusalem holy site during the Eid al-Adha feast at the weekend, and allow Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Israel more freely.

Obama, Modi to put upbeat face on US-India ties

2014-09-30 16:12

President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi are joining together to put an optimistic face on the future of relations between India and the US.

Turkey mulls joining anti-ISIS coalition

2014-09-30 08:03

Islamic State fighters have closed to within a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, as Ankara mulls joining the anti-ISIS coalition.

Obama: US intel underestimated ISIS

2014-09-28 18:50

US intelligence agencies underestimated ISIS activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama says.

California burns - and there's worse to come

2014-09-26 10:38

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western US state is battling near-record numbers of blazes.

World must stop Ebola now, says UN chief

2014-09-26 08:21

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the world must stop Ebola now, as he opened a high-level meeting to tackle the worst-ever outbreak.

US strikes ISIS oil refineries in Syria

2014-09-25 11:33

The United States has bombed ISIS-controlled oil refineries in Syria as president Barack Obama recruited more allies to fight the jihadist "network of death".

Venezuela calls jihadists a Western 'Frankenstein'

2014-09-25 08:39

Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro has accused Western powers of helping create the jihadist crisis in the Middle East and said that the only solution involved respecting regional governments.

How the US has justified overseas military action

2014-09-23 15:40

A look at the domestic legal justifications the US has used for military action around the world.

US bombs ISIS in Syria - Pentagon

2014-09-23 05:46

The United States and its "partners" have launched a barrage of bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on ISIS extremists in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

2014-09-19 14:03

Legislation requested by President Obama authorising the military to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting Islamic militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

2014-09-19 09:18

US president Barack Obama says $46m in new assistance that the US will provide to Ukraine's military will help the country defend against Russian aggression.

Iran rules out co-operating with US in Iraq

2014-09-18 08:12

Iran's foreign minister ruled out co-operating with the US in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader threat that needs new thinking.


Obama hits campaign trail, attacks Republicans

2014-10-20 11:44

President Barack Obama has marched on the campaign trail for the first time this year, accusing Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism.

Obama: Do not succumb to Ebola hysteria

2014-10-18 22:30

US President Barack Obama has urged against "hysteria or fear" in the face of a growing Ebola crisis, as the UN spoke of an "encouraging" response to its funding appeal.

US tightens security for federal credit cards

2014-10-17 20:24

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit.

US to be 'more aggressive' on Ebola - Obama

2014-10-16 05:55

US President Barack Obama has pledged a "much more aggressive" response at home to the Ebola threat, and insisted that the risk of a serious outbreak on US soil was low.

Obama cancels trip to focus on Ebola

2014-10-15 21:10

President Barack Obama has abruptly cancelled a campaign trip and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as US officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

Obama to thrash out ISIS plans

2014-10-14 21:04

President Barack Obama will hash out a strategy to counter Islamic State with military leaders from some 20 countries amid growing pressure for the US-led coalition to do more.

Obama: US must be ready to fight Ebola

2014-10-13 05:00

US President Barack Obama wants federal authorities to take additional steps to ensure the American medical system is prepared to follow correct protocols in dealing with Ebola.

Calls for Romney to run for President in 2016

2014-10-08 13:40

Mitt Romney hears it wherever he goes, run for president in 2016. But Romney typically insists in public that he is not going to run for a third time after losses in 2008 and 2012.

Obama: No margin for error on Ebola

2014-10-07 06:00

New global concern as nurse in Spain gets Ebola; US weighs screening arriving air passengers

White House criticism un-American - Israel PM

2014-10-06 09:28

Israel's prime minister has dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction, saying in comments broadcast that the criticism goes "against American values".

Obama won't give up on immigration reform

2014-10-03 16:30

President Obama has sought to rally frustrated Latinos with a firm promise to keep fighting for immigration reform and a renewed pledge to take executive action this year to reduce deportations.

US sharply criticises new Israeli housing project

2014-10-02 05:45

The US has sharply criticised a new Israeli construction project following President Barack Obama and Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting.

Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

2014-09-30 23:32

There are few signs that US President Barack Obama and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, who is in Washington, have solved any of the issues often keeping the two countries at arm's length.

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

2014-09-30 10:43

The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process.

Air strikes intensify against ISIS in Syria

2014-09-29 08:44

US-led coalition warplanes have pounded the oil sites that fund the Islamic State fighters in Syria, as air strikes intensify against the jihadist group.

Liberia welcomes UN pledges on Ebola

2014-09-26 14:38

Liberia has welcomed global pledges of action on the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, admitting that the government is losing the trust of its people with the outbreak still out of control.

Ebola worse than terrorism - Sierra Leone leader

2014-09-26 09:36

The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma says the deadly Ebola virus is "worse than terrorism", as President Barack Obama urged the world to do more to tackle the disease.

Ukraine prepares to close Russia border

2014-09-25 19:05

President Petro Poroshenko has instructed his government to consider temporarily closing Ukraine’s porous border with Russia to help halt its “intervention” in the Westward-leaning former Soviet state's affairs.

US to create world's largest marine sanctuary

2014-09-25 10:29

President Barack Obama will create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean in a bid to protect sea life from climate change, the White House says.

Obama may lift sanctions if Russia agrees to peace

2014-09-25 07:22

US President Barack Obama slammed Russia's 'aggression' in Ukraine but has offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it threw its weight behind a peace deal with Kiev.

Rockefellers to divest from fossil fuels

2014-09-23 06:33

The Rockefellers, the first family of oil, say they will divest from fossil fuels in a fresh boost for the fight against climate change ahead of a UN summit.

Obama readies climate change push at UN summit

2014-09-22 08:05

President Barack Obama will seek to galvanise international support in the fight against climate change when he addresses the UN, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting environmental legacy.

Modi says al-Qaeda will fail in India

2014-09-19 12:56

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaeda will struggle to recruit members in the world's second-most populous nation and he praised Indian Muslims for their commitment to fight for the country.

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

2014-09-18 12:35

In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama will host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office after the leader speaks to a joint session of Congress.

Liberia hopes US Ebola pledge will spur others to act

2014-09-18 07:29

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she hopes President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3 000 troops to West Africa to battle the worst Ebola outbreak on record would spur other countries to help.

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