US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott reiterated their calls for an “unimpeded and transparent” international investigation into the downing of a passenger plane in Ukraine.
The Obama administration imposed sanctions Friday on several pro-Russian separatist leaders in Ukraine, including self-proclaimed rebel mayors, governors and commanders in chief of cities under siege, for refusing to cede to the central government in Kiev. The sanctions came as U.S. officials renewed accusations that Russia is providing the separatists with tanks and heavy weaponry and as Ukraine’s president announced a unilateral ceasefire that Washington urged Moscow to support.
President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean in a move to protect fragile marine life.
Spending on veterans’ health care could double in three years under the U.S. Senate’s solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at government-run veterans’ hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts.
By Julliane Love De Jesus
Despite his persistent smoking, President Benigno Aquino III is healthy.