ARTICLES RELATING TO BARACK OBAMA

Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

2014-04-15 11:25

Over the past 10 days, more than a dozen government offices in eastern Ukraine have been taken over by pro-Russian forces, with most of the seizures following the same pattern.

Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings

2014-04-14 08:45

President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community centre and a retirement village in Kansas.

US health secretary resigns after Obamacare woes

2014-04-11 12:42

President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, paying the price for the chaotic initial rollout of his signature health care law, officials say.

Obama honours civil rights, reflects progress

2014-04-10 20:18

Barack Obama, the first black man to become president in the US, is commemorating what's been accomplished in his lifetime and recommitting the nation to fighting the inequalities that remain.

1994 genocide: Rwanda mourns the dead

2014-04-07 09:04

Rwanda is set to hold commemorations for the 20th anniversary of the genocide in which 800 000 died, a time of intense national grief, but overshadowed by renewed claims France was complicit in the killings.

Fraud concerns raised in Afghan election

2014-04-06 14:00

Leading candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have voiced concern that voting has been tainted by fraud, a day after millions defied Taliban threats and turned out to vote.

Obama clears way for S Sudan sanctions

2014-04-04 08:46

President Barack Obama is warning that the US may levy sanctions on individuals and entities involved in stoking violence and instability in South Sudan.

Obama 'heartbroken' over Fort Hood shooting

2014-04-03 09:51

US President Barack Obama says he was "heartbroken" that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

Israel, Palestinian moves threaten peace efforts

2014-04-02 09:47

Israel and the Palestinians have announced moves that could scuttle peace talks, prompting US Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a second visit in as many days aimed at saving them.

US mudslide missing drops to 22

2014-04-01 11:29

Authorities say number missing in Washington mudslide drops from 30 to 22, while the death toll still sits at 24.

US mudslide turns deadly with toxic mud

2014-04-01 08:37

Teams struggling through thick mud and heavy downpours at the site of a landslide in Washington are facing another challenge, an unseen and more dangerous stew of toxic contaminants.

White House makes methane plan

2014-03-28 20:17

The White House says it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry.

Obama health law fails to gain support - poll

2014-03-28 10:57

Public support for President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.

Obama puts forward plan ending NSA collection

2014-03-27 21:16

President Barack Obama has put forward his plan to end US government bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.

No vodka for Obama - Russians impose sanctions

2014-03-27 16:50

Russians have begun an internet campaign of tongue-in-cheek "sanctions" against US President Barack Obama in retaliation to measures Washington imposed on Moscow over the Crimea crisis.

Qatar court jails US couple for daughter death

2014-03-27 12:35

A Qatari court has condemned a US couple from Los Angeles to three years in prison for causing the death of their adopted eight-year-old daughter.

Obama defends mega free-trade deal

2014-03-27 09:45

US President Barack Obama sought to allay fears that a mega EU-US free-trade deal could erode consumer and environmental protections.

Obama: Nato needs boost in eastern Europe

2014-03-26 22:38

Nato needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, US President Barack Obama says.

Global markets: Equities up, dollar gains

2014-03-26 18:40

Global equity markets have advanced as investors left behind concerns about Ukraine to focus on the potential for fresh stimulus from China.

3 US agents benched before Obama trip

2014-03-26 09:43

The US secret service has sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found drunk in an Amsterdam hotel.

Nuke blast a bigger concern than Russia - Obama

2014-03-26 08:44

President Barack Obama says he's more concerned about the prospect of a nuclear weapon exploding in New York City than Russia's recent actions.

US landslide death toll rises to 24

2014-03-26 07:39

Rescuers digging through the debris of a monster US landslide have found another 10 bodies, officials say, bringing the death toll to 24 with more than 170 still unaccounted for.

Western leaders gather in bid to isolate Russia

2014-03-24 21:52

President Barack Obama has gathered with world leaders, seeking to rally the international community around efforts to isolate Russia following its incursion into Ukraine.

Leaders gather for nuclear summit

2014-03-24 07:42

Nuclear terrorism is officially the main topic for world leaders at a two-day summit in the Netherlands starting, in practice, the Ukraine crisis will likely overshadow those talks.

 

Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

2014-04-15 08:02

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken for the first time in more than two weeks but showed little sign of agreement over the situation in east Ukraine.

Putin wants chaos, not invasion - analysts

2014-04-11 12:42

President Vladimir Putin is seeking to maintain influence in Ukraine by fomenting instability in its Russian-speaking eastern regions but will stop short of sending troops there, analysts say.

US threatens tougher sanctions on Russia

2014-04-11 08:29

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic power reluctant.

Fort Hood shooter fired 35 shots in 8min

2014-04-08 08:14

A troubled US soldier shot his semi-automatic pistol at least 35 times during an eight-minute killing spree at the Fort Hood military base, investigators say.

Obama 'selfie' now in hands of lawyers

2014-04-07 07:20

The controversy over a "selfie" of President Barack Obama and baseball star David Ortiz now is in the hands of attorneys, a White House official says.

Obama hails Afghanistan vote

2014-04-05 22:50

US President Barack Obama has welcomed the completion of Afghanistan's presidential vote, saying it is critical to ensure continued international support.

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

2014-04-03 19:53

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness is the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, authorities say.

Would you eat genetically modified salmon?

2014-04-03 11:20

The US has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

Palestinians sign treaties to press Israel

2014-04-02 14:08

A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions giving Palestine greater leverage against Israel left the US struggling with peace talks.

White House shooter sentenced to 25 years

2014-04-01 15:44

An Idaho man, who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison.

Mass surge to sign up for Obamacare

2014-04-01 10:29

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have rushed to buy President Barack Obama's new health insurance plans, prompting a victory lap from a White House that paid a price for its greatest achievement.

Putin, Obama chat about Crimea

2014-03-29 09:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called US President Obama to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

Obama seeks quick end to NSA spy programme

2014-03-28 12:10

US President Barack Obama has asked Congress to end quickly the government's bulk collection of phone records, which could be a big ask for lawmakers who often drag their feet.

'Obamacare' sign-ups top 6 million

2014-03-28 07:23

More than six million Americans has registered for health insurance under US President Barack Obama's reform, fewer than initially hoped but in line with revised projections.

Pope, Obama agree to combat human trafficking

2014-03-27 19:09

US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have agreed a "common commitment" to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting.

Obama tells Pope he is a 'great admirer'

2014-03-27 13:41

President Barack Obama has called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.

West must stand firm against 'brute force' - Obama

2014-03-27 12:35

US President Barack Obama has urged the West to stand firm in opposing Moscow's takeover of Crimea, saying that "with time" Russians will realise "brute force" cannot win.

Ukraine crisis hurting Obama at home - poll

2014-03-27 07:38

US President Barack Obama is getting low marks for his handling of Russia's swoop into Ukraine, and more Americans than ever disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job, according to a poll.

Obama: Russia stands alone

2014-03-26 19:28

US President Barack Obama has said Russia stood "alone" on the Ukraine crisis as he paid his first ever visit to the European Union headquarters.

Obama to propose ending NSA phone sweeps

2014-03-26 10:43

The White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a massive telephone surveillance programme that has raised privacy concerns from Republicans and Democrats alike .

Billionaire brothers threat to US Democrats hopes

2014-03-26 09:43

US Democrats face many hurdles as they prepare for this year's battle for control of Congress, few are more daunting than the Koch brothers - conservative moguls with deep pockets.

N Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

2014-03-26 07:39

North Korea has test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, prompting a stern US reaction after President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit.

G7 snubs Russia summit over Ukraine crisis

2014-03-24 22:45

The G7 group of top economic powers has scrapped a planned meeting to be hosted by Russia as they sought to deepen Moscow's isolation over the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine fears Russia 'ready to attack'

2014-03-24 10:00

Ukraine's Western-backed leaders have voiced fears of an imminent Russian invasion of the industrial heartland, as Nato's top commander warned of a "very sizeable" Russia troop presence.

Obama reassures internet CEOs on tech privacy

2014-03-22 11:55

President Barack Obama has assured leading internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy.

 
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