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Barack Obama condemns violence at Trump's California rally

Barack Obama condemns violence at Trump's California rally

Washington: US President Barack Obama has condemned the violence at a California rally of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying "that is not what our democracy is about".

"It is very important for us to remind ourselves of who we are and what is best about American democracy and not slip into some of the bad habits that currently manifest themselves in the other party," Obama said at a fundraiser in Florida.

"We saw in San Jose these protesters starting to pelt stuff on Trump supporters. That is not what our democracy is about. That is not what you do. There is no room for violence.


Want PM Modi's visit here to be successful: U.S.

Want PM Modi's visit here to be successful: U.S.

Washington D.C., June. 1 : The United States has said that it is looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country next week and asserted that they wanted it to be a successful visit in all aspects.

"We look forward to the Prime Minister's visit and we want it to be successful," State Department Spokesman John Kirby said in a press briefing here.

He further said that when U.S. held talks with Indian officials, the topics ranged from regional to global issues and were not only limited to discussions about the two nations.

"There's no question that in routine meetings, bilateral meetings, with Indian officials we talk about all manner of regional, even global issues. They're not just about issues between the United States and India," Kirby added.


Obama calls on nation to remember US war dead

Obama calls on nation to remember US war dead

Washington, May 31 : US President Barack Obama on Monday visited Arlington National Cemetery, as is traditional on Memorial Day, to pay tribute to the country's war dead, whom he said represent "the best" the nation has to offer.

Memorial Day, since the end of the Vietnam War, has served to recall the problems confronting veterans upon their return home and those of the families who lose loved ones in combat, EFE news reported.

The solemn ceremony at Arlington, where thousands of those who served and died in US wars are interred, began with Obama placing a floral offering at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Obama considers lifting arms embargo against Vietnam

Obama considers lifting arms embargo against Vietnam

Washington, May 20 : US President Barack Obama confirmed considering either partially or fully lifting an embargo on arms sales to Vietnam that has been in place for the last three decades.

Obama said on Thursday that he will discuss the issue with Vietnamese authorities when he visits the country next week, EFE news reported.

"We'll discuss this at meetings of the president (in Vietnam), it's something we've been evaluating as we prepare for the visit," said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Obama, in a press conference.


Look forward to continuing work with PM Modi: U.S.

Look forward to continuing work with PM Modi: U.S.

Washington D. C., May 18 : Ahead of his key address at a joint meeting of the U. S. Congress nect month, the Barack Obama government has asserted that it is looking forward to continue to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on all fronts to strengthen ties between two nations.

Talking about the Prime Minister's upcoming visit to the U. S. on June 8th, state department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing, that the ties between the two nations represented a 'special relationship'.

"It's one that we're very committed to, and we look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Modi on all the different areas in which the United States and India will and must work together," Kirby said.


LGBT rights are human rights: Barack Obama

LGBT rights are human rights: Barack Obama

Washington: Asserting that LGBT rights are human rights, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for ending discrimination against the community globally.

"Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect," the US President said in a statement on the occasion of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

"Advancing this goal has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and I am proud that my Administration has made advancing the human rights of LGBT individuals a specific focus of our engagement around the world," he said.

He also lauded the efforts the US made in recent years in marriage equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.


Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee: Barack Obama

Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee: Barack Obama

Washington: President Barack Obama says he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Obama made the claim on Monday in an online video interview about his stalled nomination of US Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland.

Republicans and some legal scholars dispute Obama's take on the Senate's role in judicial nominations. Republicans have maintained they are fulfilling their constitutional duty by choosing not to consider Garland at all.

The Constitution says the president "shall" appoint judges to the Supreme Court "with the advice and consent of the Senate."

Asked if he thought that meant the Senate had an obligation to hold a vote, Obama tells BuzzFeed News: "I do." (PTI)


Obama takes shot at Trump, says 'ignorance' not a virtue

Obama takes shot at Trump, says 'ignorance' not a virtue

Washington D. C., May 16 : United States President Barack Obama took aim at presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the commencement address at Rutgers University and told the graduates to flaunt their knowledge, not brag about their ignorance.

Even though he did not name Trump directly, the President's target was quite clear.

"In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It's not cool to not know what you're talking about. That's not keeping it real or telling it like it is. That's not challenging political correctness. That's just not knowing what you're talking about. And yet we've become confused about this," he told the more than 12,000 graduates in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Rebuking Donald Trump, Barack Obama tells graduates walls won't solve ills

Rebuking Donald Trump, Barack Obama tells graduates walls won't solve ills

Piscataway: President Barack Obama on Sunday urged college graduates to shun those who want to confront a rapidly linked world by building walls around the United States or by embracing ignorance, as he delivered a sharp and barely concealed critique of Donald Trump.

Obama used his commencement speech at Rutgers University to illustrate a world view antithetical to the ideas espoused by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Looking out at a sea of red and black gowns, Obama told the roughly 12,000 graduating students that the pace of change on the planet is accelerating, not subsiding, and that recent history had proved that the toughest challenges cannot be solved in isolation.


US says India ready for NSG membership

US says India ready for NSG membership

Washington D. C., May 14 : The United States has said that India meets the missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

State Department Spokesman John Kirby said in Washington last night that US President Barack Obama, during his visit to India in 2015, had said that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership.

Kirby's remarks came in response to a question on reports that China and Pakistan have joined hands to oppose India becoming a member of the NSG.

Defending its move to block India's entry into the NSG, China yesterday claimed that several members of the 48-nation bloc shared its view that signing of the NPT is an important standard for the NSG's expansion. (ANI)


Trump renounces ex-butler after he called for Obama's murder

Trump renounces ex-butler after he called for Obama's murder

Washington D. C., May 13 : United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has disavowed his former butler Anthony Senecal, after he posted on Facebook that he wants President Barack Obama to be killed.

According to CNN, Anthony Senecal, who served as Trump's butler for 17 years wrote in a Facebook post that Obama "should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term," according to Mother Jones, which first reported on Senecal's post.

Senecal, 84, confirmed he wrote the post to CNN, but disputed one point, "I think I said hung.


Obama to become first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima

Obama to become first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima

Washington DC, May 11 : The White House announced that President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit the site of the U. S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan.

According to CNN, the visit fulfills a wish Obama had expressed early in his presidency to visit the location where thousands of Japanese civilians were killed in a nuclear blast at the end of World War II.

However, the White House has asserted that the United States does not owe Japan a formal apology for using the atomic bomb in August 1945, instead, officials say that the visit will serve as a reminder of the horrific destruction that nuclear weapons can inflict.


US elections are not a 'reality' show: Obama to Trump

US elections are not a 'reality' show: Obama to Trump

Washington D. C., May. 7 : United States President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Republican nominee Donald Trump asking him to not treat the contest for the US presidency as a mere 'reality' show and called on the voters to examine the business mogul's records.

According to CNN, the President asked reporters and voters yesterday to deeply scrutinize at the record Trump, who became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee this week.


Obama commutes sentences of 58 more federal prisoners

Obama commutes sentences of 58 more federal prisoners

Washington, May 6 : US President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 more federal prisoners, seeking to add momentum to his drive to allow earlier releases of men and women serving lengthy terms for drug offences.

The newly announced commutations on Thursday brought the total number of commutations to 306 which Obama issued since taking office over seven years ago, Politico reported.

More than two years ago, the Obama administration launched a "Clemency Initiative" that prompted more than 36,000 prisoners to request assistance filing applications for commutations.

Obama aides hoped thousands of prisoners would have their sentences shortened through the initiative.


Obama in Canada in late June for N America summit

Obama in Canada in late June for N America summit

Washington: US President Barack Obama will travel to Ottawa next month for a "Three Amigos" North American summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President

Enrique Pena Nieto, the White House said today The White House said Obama will also address a joint session of parliament while in the Canadian capital for the June 29 summit.

"The summit is further recognition of the value of a more integrated North America to advance the security and prosperity of the continent," a White House statement said.

"It also highlights the importance of continuing to strengthen the bilateral and trilateral ties between United States, Canada, and Mexico."

The last "Three Amigos" summit was hosted by Pena Nieto in 2014 in Toluca, Mexico.(PTI)


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