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Obama, Australian PM call for plane investigation

Barack Obama

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.

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

US hits 7 Ukraine rebels with sanctions

Vyacheslav Ponomarev, right, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk speaks to journalists in front of an administrative building seized by pro-Russian militants in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 29, 2014, with a huge Donetsk People's Republic flag in the background. AP

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.

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

Obama to create world’s largest ocean preserve

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli, listen as actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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.

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

Senate bill doubles spending on veterans’ health

In this May 24, 2013 file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta. An internal investigation released in June 2014 that looked at wait times for all sorts of care across the VA system showed that new mental health patients were routinely forced to wait a month or more to start treatment. Not one of the 141 medical systems examined was able to meet the department's goal of getting all new mental health patients an appointment within 14 days. AP

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.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palace: Aquino in ‘generally good health’

Benigno Aquino III

Despite his persistent smoking, President Benigno Aquino III is healthy.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »