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US 'disappointed' post India denying visa to religious rights panel

US 'disappointed' post India denying visa to religious rights panel

Washington D. C., Mar. 8 : The United States of America (USA) has expressed disappointment after the Indian Government denied a visa last week to U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

"We're aware that visas were not issued by the Indian embassy to members of the United States Commission of International Religions Freedom commissioners who were planning to travel to India on the 4th of March, and we're disappointed by this news," State Department Spokesman John Kirby said.

He added that the United States was supportive of the commission and the important role they play in reviewing facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom around the world.


Barack Obama, congressional leaders talk Supreme Court vacancy

Barack Obama, congressional leaders talk Supreme Court vacancy

Washington: President Barack Obama called Democrats and Republicans to the White House today to discuss election-year standoff over the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Neither side showed signs of budging.

In an awkward Oval Office sit-down that lasted less than an hour, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered their case for refusing to consider any nominee to the highest court during the throes of a presidential election.

Their Democratic counterparts, meanwhile, resolved to "continue beating the drum," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters after the meeting.


No peace in Syria till Assad steps down, says Obama

No peace in Syria till Assad steps down, says Obama

Washington, Feb 26 : US President Barack Obama once again renewed his call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, saying there is no alternative to his removal.

Obama also called on Russia and the Syrian government to honour a negotiated ceasefire in the war-torn country, warning Moscow and Damascus that the "world will be watching," a report in Daily Mail said.

Obama made the remarks after holding a rare meeting with his national security team at the State Department on Thursday, a day before the cessation of hostilities was due to come into force. The ceasefire for Syria is set to take effect at midnight Friday.


High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

High-tech US dream team to fight Islamic State online

Washington: Seeking to bolster its effort to counter Islamic State (IS) messaging on social media, President Brack Obama`s administration is assembling something of a high-tech dream team to battle the terrorist group online, media reported on Thursday.

At a meeting conducted at the Justice Department on Wednesday, executives from Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, MTV and Buzzfeed offered their input to top counter-intelligence officials, according to an industry source familiar with the meeting, reports CNN.

Nick Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Centre, told the group the administration was making strides in combating IS on social media, where the terrorist army has inspired potential lone wolf assailants to carry out attacks.


'F-16 deal with Pakistan will affect aspects of Indo-US ties'

'F-16 deal with Pakistan will affect aspects of Indo-US ties'

Washington: The United States' decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan would affect "some aspects" of Indo-US relationship, a top American military commander has said, amid India's strong protest over the deal.

"With regard to the sale of F-16s to Pakistan, while I don't have a professional opinion on that sale itself, certainly it will affect some aspects of our relationship with India," the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Commander, Admiral Harry Harris, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Harris, who will visit India next week, was responding to question from members of the House Armed Services Committee.


Obama wants India, China to use clean coal

Obama wants India, China to use clean coal

Washington, Feb 23 : Calling climate change a real problem, President Barack Obama would like India and China to know how to use clean coal to ensure they are not emitting huge amount of carbon.

"Number one, climate change is real," he said speaking at a national governors association reception at the White House on Monday.

"Point number two is, in order to grow the economy, we got to have energy," he said. "And every president, whoever takes my place, they're going to want to grow the economy. And, by the way, that's true internationally."

"In fact, there are countries like India where it's even more desperate. They don't have electricity. They've got to produce electricity in order to develop," Obama said.


President Obama along with the nation mourned Harper Lee's demise

President Obama along with the nation mourned Harper Lee's demise

Washington D. C., Feb. 20 : President Barack Obama was one of those many Americans whom honoured and mourned the demise of author Harper Lee, announced on February 19.

The author of 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', who died at the age of 89, was once declared by the US president as an author "who changed America for the better" with her works, reports the Guardian.

The Obama family in a statement said Lee never wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for an award or famer, rather "she was a country girl who just wanted to tell an honest story about life as she saw it."

"But what that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves," the statement added.


Six Indian-Americans among early-career scientists honoured by Obama

Six Indian-Americans among early-career scientists honoured by Obama

Washington, Feb 19 - President Obama has named 106 researchers, including six of Indian origin, as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest US government honour for young independent researchers.

The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring.

"These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness," Obama said.

"We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people."


Obama okays tougher sanctions on North Korea

Obama okays tougher sanctions on North Korea

Washington: US President Barack Obama has signed into law the legislation to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea, the White House said Thursday.

The US House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed the bill with a 408-2 vote. The legislation was approved by the senate earlier last week, Xinhua news agency reported.

The legislation requires the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear program, luxury goods, money laundering and human rights abuses.

The move cones after North Korea said it had launched on February 7 a Kwangmyongsong-4 Earth observation satellite into orbit earlier this month and tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb last month.(IANS)


Obama to visit Cuba in March

Obama to visit Cuba in March

Washington, Feb 18 - US President Barack Obama is set to visit Cuba in March, a move which would make him the first sitting US president to step foot on the island in over 80 years, the media reported on Thursday.

The White House is expected to announce the details of the trip later on Thursday, diplomatic sources told CNN on Wednesday.

"We can confirm that the administration will announce the President's travel to Latin America, including Cuba, in the coming weeks," a senior administration official said.

Officials said Obama could visit the island to witness a signing of a peace accord between the government of Colombia and the FARC rebel group. Obama committed $400 million to the Colombian government in his most recent budget proposal to implement the deal.


Obama starts summit talks with ASEAN leaders

Obama starts summit talks with ASEAN leaders

Washington - US President Barack Obama has started a meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, looking to deepen what he called a "strong and enduring partnership", the media reported on Tuesday.

During the opening session of the summit in Rancho Mirage, in Sunnylands, California, on Monday, Obama stressed his "personal commitment" to build a "strong and long-lasting" alliance in the region.

Leaders of the 10 -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam -- Asean countries are attending the sumit, the first summit between the US and Asean held on the American soilEFE news reported.

The US is now the largest investor in Asean and its fourth largest trading partner.


Obama calls up Putin, asks him to stop Russian jets bombing Syria

Obama calls up Putin, asks him to stop Russian jets bombing Syria

Washington D. C., Feb. 15 : A day after Russia said that relations between Moscow and Washington were sinking fast, US President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the air raids against Syrian opposition forces during a phone call.

According the CNN, the White House said that Obama stressed on the "the importance of rapidly implementing humanitarian access to besieged areas of Syria and initiating a nationwide cessation of hostilities."

"President Obama emphasized the importance now of Russia playing a constructive role by ceasing its air campaign against moderate opposition forces in Syria," the White House said in a statement.


Politics has become worse; but still believe in hope,says Barack Obama

Politics has become worse; but still believe in hope,says Barack Obama

Washington - Nine years after he announced his decision to run for the highest office in the country, US President Barack Obama today said that the politics of the country has become worse, but he is still hopeful.

"I will be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn't gotten better, but worse," Obama said in his weekly radio and web address to the nation from Illinois State Senate where he had announced his presidential bid nine years ago with the message of hope.

"Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don't matter. And when good people are pushed away from participating in our public life, more powerful and extreme voices will fill the void," he said.


Baloch nationalists protest in front of White House

Baloch nationalists protest in front of White House

Washington - Demanding an end to Pakistan's "forceful" occupation of Balochistan , hundreds of Baloch- Americans and leaders from this restive Pakistani province held a peaceful protest in front of the White House to seek US intervention and deployment of NATO troops in the region.

"At least 35,000 Baloch are missing. There is a grave violation of human rights on the people of Balochistan and all this is being perpetrated by the Pakistan Army and the ISI," said Mama Abdul Qadir Baloch in an interview to PTI yesterday in front of the White House.


Seriously! Pakistan to get $860 million in US aid to 'fight' terrorists, improve ties with India

Barack Obama

Washington : The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed $860 million in aid for Pakistan, including $265 million for military hardware, which it said would help the country fight terrorists, secure nuclear weapons and improve ties with India.

While there was no mention of Pakistan in President Barack Obama's budgetary proposals, Secretary of State John Kerry in his proposals said the budget includes $859.8 million towards sustaining ties with Pakistan and making progress to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat violent extremist groups."

"The requested funding will support the country's counter-insurgency missions, and bolster stability, energy access, economic growth, and social reform," Kerry said in a letter accompanying his proposals.


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