Obama: Islamic State a cancer, US will do what it must

2014-08-20 19:18

US President Barack Obama has condemned the Islamic State militants who beheaded an American journalist as "a cancer" and said "their ideology is bankrupt".

Foley's killing 'first IS attack on US'

2014-08-20 15:52

The murder of US journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State is the extremist group's "first terrorist attack against the United States", a former head of the CIA has warned.

US trying to verify video of American's killing

2014-08-20 08:16

A video by Islamic State militants released on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley is being verified by US authorities.

US aircraft hit 90 IS targets in 3 days

2014-08-19 10:19

US military aircraft have carried out 35 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the past three days, destroying more than 90 targets, the Pentagon says.

Foreign tax moves bedevils US

2014-08-18 11:28

The US government has grappled with corporate deals known as inversions in which US companies shift their tax domiciles abroad, avoiding US taxes.

Obama heading back to DC in rare vacation break

2014-08-17 18:09

President Barack Obama plans a break in the middle of his vacation to return to Washington unspecified meetings with advisers.

Obama: No Iraq rescue, further airdrops unlikely

2014-08-15 11:58

President Barack Obama has promised to expand US humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic state militants.

US-Israel ties hit new low after backdoor missile procurement

2014-08-15 08:48

US state department officials have been caught off guard during the Gaza conflict after it surfaced that the Israeli military had quietly secured US ammunition supplies from the Pentagon, according to reports.

Obama appeals for calm over shooting

2014-08-15 05:00

President Barack Obama has called for "peace and calm" in the Missouri town where the police shooting of an unarmed black youth has sparked angry protests.

Journos held in US suburb where cops killed teen

2014-08-14 12:41

Missouri police have arrested two journalists reporting on the unrest that has roiled a US suburb after an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by police, the duo says.

Russia's challenge: Money and talent exodus

2014-08-14 10:45

The Kremlin's worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia's key assets: Money and brains.

Obama urges calm after teen's fatal police shooting

2014-08-13 13:16

US President Barack Obama appealed for calm after what he called the "heartbreaking" death of a black teenager killed in a police shooting in Missouri that sparked rioting.

UN warns of 'genocide' in Iraq

2014-08-13 08:51

Up to 30 000 people are still facing a "potential genocide" on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN has warned.

Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

2014-08-12 07:36

President Barack Obama has called Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most".

US mulls options to evacuate Yazidis from Iraqi mountain

2014-08-11 14:33

The US is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a barren mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants, after four nights of humanitarian relief airdrops.

US: Baghdad situation tense

2014-08-11 13:38

The US has viewed defiant comments from Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki as troubling, but has seen no evidence of Iraqi forces mobilising in an unusual way despite a tense climate in Baghdad.

Clinton distances herself from Obama foreign policy

2014-08-10 22:12

Distancing herself from President Barack Obama's foreign policy, potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said America's decision not to intervene early in the Syrian civil war was a "failure".

US airstrikes have destroyed IS arms - Obama

2014-08-09 19:12

President Barack Obama says that airstrikes he ordered in northern Iraq have destroyed arms and equipment held by Islamic State forces whose rapid advance has surpassed US intelligence estimates.

Kerry seeks resolution on Afghan election dispute

2014-08-08 10:37

US secretary of state John Kerry will hold talks in Kabul aimed at pressuring Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates to resolve the disputed elections and have the winner installed.

Zuma: Talks in US reshaped future

2014-08-07 20:30

President Jacob Zuma says the recent US-Africa summit has reshaped the relationship between the two countries and it augurs well for co-operation.

African journalists disappointed by US Summit

2014-08-07 13:41

The closing conference of the US-Africa Leaders Summit with United States President Barack Obama was dominated by questions about local policy issues.

Obama: Egypt should release Al Jazeera journos

2014-08-07 10:14

US President Barack Obama has called for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to prison in Egypt for allegedly defaming the country.

US will help Africa set up peacekeeping force - Obama

2014-08-07 08:31

The United States will help African nations set up a rapid response force to support United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama says.

Obama: Time for new Africa, US partnership

2014-08-07 07:00

United States President Barack Obama has called for a partnership of equals between Africa and America.

Obama: US, Africa should fight together

2014-08-06 22:56

President Barack Obama says the United States wants to help Africa fight extremist unrest and international terrorism.


US military strikes continue despite Foley beheading

2014-08-20 18:57

US war planes have continued to strike Islamic State targets in Iraq despite the militants' beheading of a journalist in retaliation for President Barack Obama's air campaign in Iraq.

Brazilians can vote for their own Obama

2014-08-20 12:38

In Brazil, where nicknames are everything, voters can now opt for a congressional candidate who goes by the name Barack Obama.

Police under gunfire in Ferguson, 31 arrested

2014-08-19 13:16

US police say they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Corporate foreign tax moves have bedeviled US

2014-08-18 14:30

The US government has grappled with corporate deals known as inversions in which US companies shift their tax domiciles abroad to avoid US taxes.

Key events following the death of Michael Brown

2014-08-18 07:56

A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria - what's next?

2014-08-16 09:37

Hillary Clinton’s split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organising principle" is not likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two.

Obama talks to Liberia, S Leone leaders on Ebola

2014-08-15 11:57

US President Barack Obama has called the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the White House says.

US jets strike IS armored vehicles in Iraq

2014-08-15 06:11

US jets and drones have launched more air strikes in northern Iraq to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military says.

Maliki refuses to go as Iraqis turn to new leader

2014-08-14 14:23

An increasingly isolated Nuri al-Maliki again protested his removal as Iraqi prime minister, as his own political party and his former sponsor in Iran publicly endorsed his successor.

Tear gas fired at protesters after US teen's death

2014-08-14 11:20

Missouri police have fired tear gas and smoke bombs at a crowd of protesters demonstrating against the death of an unarmed black teen by an officer, US media report.

Clinton's Obama balancing act as 2016 looms

2014-08-14 05:00

Hillary Clinton's relationship with President Barack Obama is entering a potentially awkward new era as the former US secretary of state eyes a possible 2016 bid for the White House.

Hillary calls Obama to clarify Syria remarks

2014-08-13 11:36

Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic contender for the White House, has called President Obama to clarify, that controversial remarks she said were not intended to attack him.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

African leaders: not good at much

2014-08-11 19:33

Who can the African thinkers learn from, in order to advance this continent for the best, in relation to culture and all else? asks Matome Letsoalo.

US child deportation at odds with public opinion

2014-08-11 14:33

President Obama's pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans.

Dollar bounces back in Asia

2014-08-11 11:06

The dollar has rallied against the yen and euro after the unit plunged in the wake of the announcement that Washington had authorised air strikes in Iraq.

Obama opens Gay Games with surprise message

2014-08-10 19:37

President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies.

Obama vows to continue Iraq air strikes 'if necessary'

2014-08-09 17:08

President Barack Obama has vowed to continue air strikes against militants in Iraq if needed to protect US diplomats and military advisors.

Obama authorises limited air strikes in Iraq

2014-08-08 06:09

US President Barack Obama has authorised limited US airstrikes to blunt the onslaught of Islamic militants in northern Iraq and has begun military airdrops of humanitarian supplies to besieged religious religious minorities to prevent a "potential act of genocide".

4 facts about US-African trade relations

2014-08-07 19:03

Barack Obama has claimed that the US doesn’t see Africa as a vast petrol pump, but as “a good partner, an equal partner”. But how equal is our partnership? News24 finds out.

US will boost security aid to help Africa

2014-08-07 12:34

The US will step up its support for the African militaries battling Islamic extremists or conducting dangerous peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama says.

Russian economy strained by sanctions: Obama

2014-08-07 10:04

US president Obama says that US sanctions levied against Russia over its actions in Ukraine are working but that the US will face a different set of questions about how to respond if Moscow invaded Ukraine.

African growth lacks economic transformation

2014-08-07 07:45

The US has made no commitments at the US-Africa Leaders Summit and there was insufficient use of Agoa, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Obama: Too early to send experimental Ebola drug to Africa

2014-08-07 05:56

US President Barack Obama says it is "premature" to send experimental drugs for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, which has been hardest hit by the deadly outbreak.

US-Africa talks shift to govt corruption

2014-08-06 20:02

President Barack Obama and African leaders are discussing two key issues threatening to disrupt economic progress on the continent: security and state corruption.

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