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Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’

US President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. AP

A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama orders new round of sanctions on Russia

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President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded US economic sanctions against Moscow, targeting 20 individuals inside and outside the government, as well as a Russian bank that provides them support.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama announces sanctions on Russian officials

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President Barack Obama on Monday froze the US assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine. The sanctions are the most comprehensive since the end of the Cold War.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama to Russia: You’re not fooling anybody

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US President Barack Obama said Russia was not “fooling anybody” over the Ukraine crisis after it denied its forces were operating in Crimea, as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to meet his Russian counterpart on Wednesday.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama signs US debt ceiling measure into law

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President Barack Obama has signed a bill lifting the U.S. debt limit, which frees the government to borrow the money it needs to pay bills, such as Social Security benefits and federal salaries.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘New’ Obama tinkers rather than transforms

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Once he galvanized vast crowds with the cry: “Let’s go change the world!” Now, if Barack Obama is still remolding the planet, he’s doing it in baby steps.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama used word ‘gay’ 272 times in 5 years – report

US President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Which recent U.S. president has used the word “gay” most often in a public speech, statement or proclamation? And who used it the least, or not at all?

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Questions and answers about Obama’s new NSA rules

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President Barack Obama is ordering changes to spy programs that sweep up Americans’ phone records and store email and Internet data from around the world, seven months after former NSA analyst Edward Snowden began divulging secret methods of the National Security Agency. If enacted by Congress, it would mean significant changes to the bulk collection of communications.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

On jobs, Obama calls 2014 ‘a year of action’

President Barack Obama winks at Kiara Molina, 14, of Harlem, with the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy, as she introduces him as "my President," at an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, where the president spoke about the Promise Zones Initiative. The Promise Zone Initiative is part of a plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety. AP

President Barack Obama is calling 2014 “a year of action” for creating jobs and economic opportunities for American families.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kerry: Mideast peace plan will be ‘fair, balanced’

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US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that any Middle East peace plan would be “fair and balanced,” as he held a fourth day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama arrives in S. Africa for Mandela tribute

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa for a memorial service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. AP

President Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the iconic leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who died Thursday at age 95.

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama phones Israeli PM to discuss Iran deal

In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. AP

The White House says President Barack Obama has phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a tentative deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, and other members of the Kennedy family, following a wreath laying ceremony in honor of President John F. Kennedy, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the JFK gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. AP

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite as a nation remembers the terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday when Kennedy was assassinated. Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans — including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey — with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by JFK.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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