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?

We crossed the line: US admits to anti-torture body

2014-11-12 15:43

The US says it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but has acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had 'crossed the line' following the September 11 attacks.

George Bush likes idea of Jeb vs Hillary in 2016

2014-11-10 21:01

Never mind the potential for name fatigue. Former US President George W Bush likes the idea of a 2016 presidential matchup between his brother Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Obama Iraq plan 'a good starting point'

2014-09-12 11:37

President Barack Obama’s decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired General David Petraeus says.

Obama tops 'worst president' list

2014-07-02 19:29

A new poll has found Barack Obama, who is enduring a tough second term, topping a list of the worst US leaders since World War II.

George P Bush begins political career with win

2014-03-05 12:03

George P Bush took the first step toward continuing his family's political dynasty, by securing the Republican nomination for the powerful post of Texas land commissioner.

Reconciliation as Obamas, Bushes return home

2013-12-11 10:39

A joint wave, a shared dinner, and a long flight home aboard Air Force One, President Barack Obama and George W Bush shared quality time as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Obamas, Bushes, Clintons to head to SA

2013-12-07 07:48

US President Barack Obama and his two predecessors, George W Bush and Bill Clinton, along with their wives, will be travelling to South Africa next week to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela.

Former Pentagon chiefs criticise Obama over Syria

2013-09-19 11:02

Two former Pentagon chiefs who served under Barack Obama have criticised the president over the Syria crisis and his request to Congress to authorise possible US military action.

Russia: Dire 'consequences' if Syria is hit

2013-08-27 12:04

Russia has warned a military intervention in Syria could have "catastrophic consequences" for the region and called on the international community to show "prudence" over the crisis.

George W Bush has stent procedure

2013-08-07 09:00

Former President George W Bush has successfully undergone a heart procedure in Dallas after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery during his annual physical, says his spokesperson.

Obama's ventures competed with history

2013-07-03 20:42

Everywhere he went in Africa US President Barack Obama was competing with history, but continued to promote his initiatives, such as food security and improved health care.

Obama ends Africa trip with Bush

2013-07-02 11:02

Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican predecessor President George W Bush are proving it's a small world after all, with a chance encounter a long way from home.

Obama: new era of US-Africa relations

2013-07-01 21:21

Obama has proposed a new approach to Africa relations ahead of an unusual meeting with Bush.

Obama, Bush to meet in Tanzania

2013-07-01 15:10

The White House says President Barack Obama and former president George W Bush will meet while both leaders are in Tanzania.

Obama to unveil African power initiative

2013-06-30 16:31

US President Barack Obama is due to announce a $7bn initiative over five years to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.

Obama sees 'moral imperative' to help Africa

2013-06-28 15:01

President Barack Obama says Washington has a "moral imperative" to help the world’s poorest African continent feed itself.

Obama: Secret data gathering transparent

2013-06-18 08:01

President Barack Obama has defended top secret National Security Agency spying programmes as legal and called them transparent - even though they are authorised in secret.

Maduro warns of 'political explosion'

2013-05-02 20:39

Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro has warned Europe of the risks of "political explosions", as a result of growing economic tensions.

Iraq lurks at Bush's Texas-sized party

2013-04-26 12:01

Something was unmentionable in polite company gathered to dedicate George W Bush's presidential library in Texas: The words "Iraq war".

Bush 'comfortable' with Iraq decision

2013-04-25 10:09

Former US president George W Bush says he remains "comfortable" with the decision to invade Iraq, even in the midst of a new spate of bloody violence in Baghdad.

Dying US veteran flays Bush, Cheney

2013-03-20 12:10

A dying US veteran has penned a scathing letter to former president George W Bush and his former vice president Dick Cheney urging the pair to beg for forgiveness for the Iraq war.

54 countries have helped CIA renditions

2013-02-05 21:45

Fifty-four foreign governments have assisted the CIA in a global campaign that included harsh interrogations of suspects, a rights advocacy group says.

Palestinians pitch tents on Israeli land

2013-01-11 18:05

Palestinians from villages in the occupied West Bank near Jerusalem have pitched tents on land Israel has earmarked for a new urban settlement.

'Fiscal cliff' deal reached - source

2013-01-01 07:40

A Democratic aide says the White House and congressional Republicans have reached an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff of impending tax hikes and spending cuts.


Bush knew about CIA torture says Cheney

2014-12-11 15:53

President George W Bush was fully aware of and an 'integral part' of the CIA's torture of terror suspects, his vice-president Dick Cheney has said.

Jeb Bush should run for office: George W Bush

2014-11-12 07:35

Former President George W Bush says that he believes his brother Jeb Bush should run for president but ultimately the former Florida governor must make a decision regardless of any pressure.

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.

Navy Seal shirt from bin Laden raid goes on show

2014-09-08 12:15

A shirt worn by a member of the Navy Seal team during the clandestine raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 has gone on show in New York.

Cheney slams wrong US direction in Iraq

2014-06-25 12:21

Former vice-president Dick Cheney, an architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq HAS defended his choices at the time, and slammed the current US course as opening the door to insurgents.

Obama wishes ailing Barbara Bush well

2014-01-02 12:02

US President Barack Obama has wished Barbara Bush well, saying he and his wife Michelle hoped the ailing former first lady would feel better soon.

Obama to attend Mandela memorial

2013-12-08 06:29

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will attend a memorial service in SA in honour of late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, a White House official said.

George HW Bush witness at same-sex wedding

2013-09-26 07:47

Former President George HW Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesperson says.

Memories of Sept 11 shape Syria debate

2013-09-11 13:01

Twelve years on, haunting memories of September 11 are shaping the debate over what to do about Syria.

Taiwan to continue buying arms from US

2013-08-23 11:58

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou says the island will continue to acquire arms from the United States, dismissing reports that the US and China could discuss ending such sales.

Obama, Bush honour bombing victims

2013-07-02 11:40

President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W Bush have joined up in Africa to honour those killed in the US embassy bombing in Tanzania in 1998.

Obama set to end Africa tour

2013-07-02 09:57

President Barack Obama is set to end his Africa tour with an unusual double act with his predecessor George W Bush, whose HIV/Aids programme saved millions of lives on the continent.

Teeming crowds greet Obama in Tanzania

2013-07-01 15:58

Teeming crowds and blaring horns have welcomed US President Barack Obama to Tanzania, as he arrives on the last leg of his tour of Africa.

Obama, Bush in Africa – will they meet?

2013-07-01 10:00

President Barack Obama and former president George W Bush are both heading to Tanzania's capital city, but the question is whether they will meet.

Obama to unveil African power initiative

2013-06-30 09:02

US President Barack Obama is due to announce a $7bn initiative over five years to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.

Obama yet to have African legacy

2013-06-28 10:15

President Barack Obama is yet to leave a lasting legacy for Africa on the scale of George W Bush and Bill Clinton.

Obama embracing Bush anti-terror policies

2013-06-07 11:00

Barack Obama, five years into his presidency, presides over a national security apparatus that in many ways resembles the one left behind by President George W Bush.

Obama's 'buck stops here' moment on Syria

2013-04-30 14:35

Obama is trapped in a conundrum, partly of his own making, after Syria apparently called his bluff by using chemical weapons in an escalation of a vicious civil war.

US presidents converge to salute Bush

2013-04-25 17:21

All the living American presidents past and present are gathering in Dallas, a rare reunion to salute one of their own at the dedication of the George W Bush Presidential Centre.

Iraq marks a decade since fall of Baghdad

2013-04-09 09:03

Iraq has marked a decade since US-led forces invaded Baghdad, ousting Saddam Hussein's regime, but the country remains plagued by deadly attacks and mired in political crises.

George P Bush runs for Texas office

2013-03-13 14:03

George P Bush has filed paperwork to run for Texas land commissioner next year, hoping to continue his family's two-president political dynasty in one of the country's most conservative states.

Goodbye Barney - many mourn Bush terrier

2013-02-03 16:18

Thousands are mourning President George W Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney, the dog which starred in White House videos.

Obama doubles up on tradition

2013-01-10 22:15

President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honoured tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but on two.

US fiscal cliff: Still no deal on last day

2012-12-31 13:26

US lawmakers will work on New Year's Eve for the first time in more than 40 years in a last-ditch attempt to save the United States from a fiscal calamity.

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