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'President Obama Skateboarding' voted as best GIF of 2014

Barack Obama

Washington, Mar 11 : An awards show, the GIFYs, that celebrates GIFs specifically has announced ' President Obama Skateboarding' GIF as its winner of 2014.

The No. 1 gif, featuring President Barack Obama skateboarding, debuted on an episode of 'The Tonight Show,' People Magazine reported.

After accepting votes from the public for 2014's best GIFs in categories such as "animals," "cats," "weird" and "art + design," winners were announced March 5. (ANI)

Obama levies sanctions on 7 Venezuelan officials

US President Barack Obama

Washington - President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials , accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation.

The individuals all come from the top echelon of the state security apparatus that was responsible for cracking down on anti-government protests that rocked Venezuela last year and for pursuing charges against leading opponents.

The US Congress passed legislation late last year authorizing sanctions that would freeze the assets and ban visas for anyone accused of carrying out acts of violence or violating the human rights of those opposing the Venezuela's government.

The White House says the sanctions announced Monday mark Obama's implementation of that bill.

Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Washington - The current momentum in India-US relationship, resulting after two high profile meetings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, needs to be tapped and taken advantage of, according to top American lawmakers.

"To take advantage of the momentum and move forward especially in our economic partnership," said Congressman Ami Bera, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans at a luncheon organised jointly by the Indian embassy and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

"We need to harness the energy and success of the Indian American community and recognise the increasing significance of investments by Indian companies in the US," Bera said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make first US visit next month

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make first US visit next month

Washington - US President Barack Obama will meet new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah here on March 24, the White House said today.

This would be the first US visit of the new Afghan President after taking over from his predecessor Hamid Karzai last year.

Obama will host Ghani, Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House.

"The two presidents will discuss a range of issues including security, economic development, and US support to the Afghan-led reconciliation process," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

US Senate panel endorses Obama's attorney general pick

US President Barack Obama

Washington - The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 today to advance Loretta Lynch's nomination to be President Barack Obama's new attorney general.

All Democrats on the panel backed Lynch, a veteran prosecutor who would be the first African-American woman ever to hold the post. She also earned support from three Senate Republicans.

Her nomination now heads to the full Senate for confirmation.

Lynch, 55, would succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who remains a polarizing figure for Republicans who accuse him of being a rubber stamp for Obama policies.

Her nomination comes at a time of deep Republican animosity towards Obama's immigration reform plan, which he introduced by executive order last November.

Obama aide calls Netanyahu visit 'destructive' to relations

US President Barack Obama

Washington - A top adviser to President Barack Obama sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address Congress next week, calling the move "destructive" to the ties between the US and Israel.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Netanyahu's March 3 speech, which was arranged by Republican congressional leaders, has "injected a degree of partisanship" into a relationship that should be above politics.

"It's destructive to the fabric of the relationship," Rice told the Charlie Rose show yesterday. "It's always been bipartisan. We need to keep it that way."

Democrats agree to plan to fund Homeland Department

US President Barack Obama

Washington - Senate Democrats have agreed to a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama.

Spending for the department, which oversees the nation's borders, expires Friday at midnight. The showdown stems from Republican efforts to undermine Obama's executive order to protect millions of people from deportation.

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that he welcomed the opportunity to vote on the measure and said every Democrat will back it.

Reid said he looked forward to working with Republicans to get the measure done in the next 24 hours.

Obama endorses India's bid for permanent UNSC membership

Obama endorses India's bid for permanent UNSC membership

Washington: US President Barack Obama endorses India's candidature as a permanent member of the reformed UN security council, the White House has said.

"As it relates to India's membership in the security council, I know the President endorsed that... the security council in the context of a variety of other important reforms to the operations of the United Nations," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

Earnest said he had no updates on the status of the ongoing reforms of the UN or efforts to try to bring about some of those reforms.

During his India visit last month, Obama had reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN security council with India as a permanent member.

Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama's visit to India provided an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries and America is willing to work together with Indian government, the White House has said, a month after the historic trip.

"There is an opportunity for us to try to advance the interest of both our countries by working together and by coordinating our efforts. And the (US) President is certainly committed to that. In part because of the substantial economic benefits that could be enjoyed by the American people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

Bobby Jindal says Obama 'incapable of being commander-in-chief of US' over inept handling of IS

Bobby Jindal says Obama 'incapable of being commander-in-chief of US' over inept

Washington, Feb 24 : Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said in reference to United States President Barack Obama's handling of the Islamic State (IS) that he is "incapable of being commander-in-chief " of the country.

According to the Washington Times, Jindal said that the Americans were not as "dimwitted" as Obama believed them to be.

He accused Obama of refusing to say that "most Muslims have no interest in terrorism".

Obama cannot accept that issue of "Radical Islamic terrorism" and hence, he cannot fix it as well, said Jindal.

Jindal emphasized that killing the enemy is how a war is won and said that Congress should amend Obama's authorization for the use of military force to remove a prohibition on ground troops. (ANI)

US committed to work with India on diversity issue: White House

US committed to work with India on diversity issue: White House

Washington - Amid the flak generated by President Barack Obama`s recent comments about religious intolerance in India, the White House has said it`s committed to working with India to reaffirm the principle of diversity around the world.

The reiteration came in an official White House response to an online "We the People Petition on Religious Freedom in India." Urging Obama to "Question Modi `WHY Indian Constitution labels `Sikhs` as Hindus?` while attending Constitution Day events on January 26."

It also asked Obama to raise the issues of "Sikh Genocide"; and "Sikhs` Right to Self-determination".

Judge stalls Obama immigration orders; White House to appeal

US District Judge Andrew Hanen

Houston - The White House promised an appeal today after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.

The ruling puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare as many as five million people who are in the US illegally from deportation. It came from US District Judge Andrew Hanen, who once accused the Obama administration of participating in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the U.S. By helping reunite them with parents who live here illegally.

Obama spends Valentine's Day away from Michelle Obama again

Obama spends Valentine's Day away from Michelle Obama again

Washington, Feb 15 - Barack Obama spend this Valentine's Day away from his wife Michelle Obama again like last year as he was on a trip to Palm Springs.

The President of US landed on the West Coast without his family as he had to attend the White House's cyber security summit with King Abdullah of Jordan at Stanford, and then traveled to his favorite place to play golf with his high-school pals, ABC News reported.

However, Michelle Obama tweeted a Valentine's Day message with a picture of her with husband and wished him the day with stating that love is all they need. (ANI)

Obama speaks against religious and racial violence in US

US President Barack Obama

Washington - Stating that the murder of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this week was "brutal and outrageous", the US President Barack Obama today voiced strong concern over religious and racial violence in the county.

"No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship," Obama said in a statement, in which he and the First Lady, Michelle offered their condolences to the victims' loved ones.

Obama said that the FBI has opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Tuesday.

Barack Obama covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'

Barack Obama covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'

Washington, Feb. 12 : Barack Obama can be seen singing Taylor Swift's 'Shake it off' in the latest lip-dub video created by the YouTube channel, BarackDubs.

The president of the United States has become a viral star with this brilliantly-created video piecing together snippets of his speeches to recreate the pop star's huge tune, E! Online reported.

The video is available to download on Loudr and iTunes.(ANI)

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