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Obama says Iran could cut nuke time to near zero in 13 years

Barack Obama

Washington : Iran could have the capabilities to build a nuclear bomb almost immediately after the first 13 years of the emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday.

The Republican leader of the US House reacted tersely, arguing that Obama had just confirmed what critics of the deal have long feared.

Under the framework for a final deal, Iran would be kept at least a year away from a bomb for the first decade, Obama said, as he pressed ahead in his campaign to sell the deal to skeptics. Pushing back on criticism that the deal allows Iran to keep enriching uranium, Obama told NPR News that enrichment isn't the prime concern because Iran will be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material.

Iran nuclear deal: Obama assures Israel he is 'absolutely committed' to its security

Barack Obama

Washington, April 6 - United States President Barack Obama has said that he is "absolutely committed to making sure" that Israel maintained a military advantage over Iran, amid mounting criticism of the recently-struck framework nuclear deal.

Obama said that he understood and respected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stance that Israel was "particularly vulnerable" and did not have the "luxury" to test these propositions. He however, added that he was absolutely committed to making sure that Israel would be able to deter any potential future attacks, reported the CNN.

He said that he was willing to make the kinds of commitments that would give everybody in the region, including Iran, a clarity that if Israel were to be attacked by any state, the U.S. would stand by them.

Obama channels Frank Underwood from 'House of Cards' in April Fools' Day clip

Barack Obama

Washington, Apr 3 - US President Barack Obama recently made an attempt to impersonate Frank Underwood from 'House of Cards' in a belated April Fools' Day clip.

Obama in the video, attempting a Southern accent and staring at the camera amid a backdrop of a painting of President Abraham Lincoln, says, "Hello, everybody, this is not Frank Underwood. This is Barack Obama. Happy April Fools' Day. Frank learned it from me", E! Online reported.

The footage is part of a video posted on the White House's YouTube page on April 2 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the West Wing Week video series, which covers the presidency.

Critics say Obama 'screwed up' US' bid to head off Asian Infrastructure Bank

Critics say Obama 'screwed up' US' bid to head off Asian Infrastructure Bank

Washington, April 2 : United States' bid to head off the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), proposed by China for the rapidly growing Asian region, ended in abject failure as organizers announced that about 46 countries, including some of U.S.' closest Asian and European allies, had applied to become founding members of the bank.

The news has elicited widespread criticism of how the Obama administration handled the entire episode, reported The Washington Times.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hit out at the administration on Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies by saying, "we screwed it up." She added that we should not have done it this way.

Obama to announce 'modified plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan' on Tuesday

Obama to announce 'modified plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan' on Tuesday

Washington, March 22 - United States President Barack Obama is expected to announce a modified plan on troop withdrawal in Afghanistan in order to help the nation's new dispensation fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

As part of his government's emerging national security strategy, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had urged Obama to consider some flexibility in his plans to reduce the number of non-combat U.S. troops from 10,000 to 5,500 by year's end, reported Fox News.

He is also expected to make his case personally when he visits Washington from Sunday through Tuesday.

'Workout fanatic' Obama turns fitness tracker watch fan

'Workout fanatic' Obama turns fitness tracker watch fan

Washington, Mar 18 : The US President's clunky electronic watch has got everyone talking.

The 53-year-old President, who seems to have been caught up in the craze over fitness trackers, said in a recent interview that he doesn't have a Fitbit yet, but he works out hard, ABC News reported.

Obama, who is a workout fanatic and prides himself on his high-tech presidency, added that word is these Apple Watches might be a good companion for his workouts and so he is gonna see and test it out.

It's unclear from the photos which brand the president decided to test drive, but it seems that for now, his regular timepiece, a Jorg Grey 6500 Chronograph, is taking a back seat. (ANI)

Obama clueless about aliens

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Washington, Mar 14 - US President Barack Obama has denied knowing anything about aliens when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live for the first time since he got elected.

Kimmel joked that he was ever a US President, he would immediately head to wherever they kept the files on Area 51 and read them to which Obama jokingly replied that's why Kimmel cannot become a President, Deadline. com reported.

The 53-year-old politician then continued that aliens won't let that happen and exercise strict control over them.

Kimmel pointed out President Clinton had said he did, in fact, look at the files, and found nothing to which Obama responded that was what they were instructed to say. (ANI)

Religious freedom slipped in India, US Senators told

Religious freedom slipped in India, US Senators told

Washington - Religious freedom in India has slipped since last year's General Elections in the country, US senators were told even as the administration insisted the issue was an important agenda on its foreign policy as reflected in the blunt speech by US President Barack Obama during his visit to New Delhi in January.

"(In) mentioned India after their elections, religious freedom has slipped in that country."

"We need to be watching very closely what's happening not just with Christians but all religious minorities there in that country," Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian conservative group Family Research Council told a Senate sub-committee during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

'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.

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