New York, Jan 25 - President Barack Obama's Indian-American filmmaker critic Dinesh D'Souza has pleaded not guilty to charges he made illegal contributions to New York Republican senate hopeful Wendy Long in her 2012 campaign.
Mumbai-born D'Souza, 52, whose documentary "2016: Obama's America" took a highly critical look at Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Washington, Jan 22 - US President Barack Obama will visit the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy in March and hold a meeting with Pope Francis, the White House said Tuesday.
During his stay in the Netherlands (March 24-25), Obama will participate in a nuclear security summit, a gathering of leaders from four organisations and 53 countries with a view to preventing nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists, Xinhua quoted the White House in a statement.
While in Brussels (March 26), Obama will attend a US-EU summit with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.
Washington, Jan. 20 - President Barack Obama has said he would not let his son play professional football.
Obama reiterated in a newly published interview his concerns about the dangers of the game: Violence and injuries.
According to the Washington Post, in an interview with the New Yorker, Obama said he was aware of the dangers of the sport, just as with boxing and smoking.
The comments from Obama came as the Super Bowl week is about to begin and amid reports of multiple injuries and other long-term health effects NFL players may endure after playing the sport professionally. (ANI)
Washington, Jan. 20 - President Barack Obama has said smoking marijuana is 'no more dangerous than alcohol'.
In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Obama said it was wrong to think legalising the drug would be 'a panacea' that could solve many social problems.
According to the BBC, Obama was referring to recent legalisation of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and said that legalising it was a 'challenging experiment'.
He has previously admitted using the drug as a kid, but added that in terms of its impact on the individual consumer 'he does not think it is more dangerous than alcohol'.
Washington, Jan 19 - Anish Goel, a former key Indian-American aide of President Barack Obama, has joined Washington think tank New America's National Security Programme as a Senior South Asia Fellow.
As a Senior Fellow for South Asia, Goel will write on US foreign policy in South Asia, regional dynamics, and their implications for US national security, the think tank announced.
"Anish is a respected expert on South Asia and has made important contributions to scholarship on the region," said Peter Bergen, Director of New America's National Security Programme. "We are delighted to have him with us."
Washington, Jan 18 - As President Barack Obama ordered curbs on data collected by US intelligence agencies and vowed not to monitor the communications of "our close friends and allies,'' critics said the changes do not go far enough.
Washington, Jan 18 - US President Barack Obama Friday called for changes to the National Security Agency (NSA)'s controversial surveillance practices, including the bulk collection of US citizens' phone records.
Speaking at the Justice Department, Obama outlined his plan to pull back some of the NSA's surveillance programmes, seven months following the disclosures of the secret surveillance programmes by formal defence contractor Edward Snowden, Xinhua reported.
Among the proposals, Obama said he was seeking to alter the bulk collection of domestic phone records, known as Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.
Washington, Jan 17 - In rare bipartisan action, the US Congress has passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to President Barack Obama avoiding a budget battle that led to a government shutdown last October.
The bill to fund the government through September was passed by the Democratic controlled Senate Thursday with a decisive 72-to-26 vote. Seventeen Republicans joined 55 Democrats in supporting the legislation.
The Republican controlled House approved the budget measure on Wednesday in another strong bipartisan vote, 359-to-67.
Houston, Jan 16 - A Houston woman, who wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama in which she threatened to kill him, was indicted by a US court, a media report said.
Denise O'Neal, 57, was indicted this week, Xinhua reported Wednesday citing the Houston Chronicle report. However, the report did not say the exact date of the indictment.
O'Neal wrote and sent the letter via US Mail on or around Nov 28, 2012. The letter, described as "long, rambling, and incoherent" was postmarked Nov 29.
She went by the name Teddy Bear Paradise and signed off on the letter as such, the report said.
Washington, Jan 15 - US President Barack Obama hosted the 2013-2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Miami Heat in the White House.
Obama praised the Heat during Tuesday's ceremony for their "outstanding" job on and off the court, reports Xinhua. The Heat presented Obama with a trophy and a No. 44 jersey.
"We're very proud to have them back," said Obama, who also hosted the same team last year.
"We wish them great luck for the rest of the season, unless they're playing the Bulls," added the big fan of the Chicago Bulls.
It was the third time for the Heat to visit the White House. (IANS)
Washington, Jan 15 - The US Treasury Department said Tuesday it was disappointed by Congress' failure to include a plan that would help the International Monetary Fund (IMF) carry out its quota and governance reform package.
"We are disappointed that Congress failed to include the 2010 quota and governance reforms in the current legislation," Xinhua quoted Holly Shulman, a spokeswoman of the Treasury Department, as saying.
"The United States remains committed to implementing the 2010 quota and governance reforms, and we are examining options to do so as soon as possible," Shulman added.
Washington, Jan 14 : Iran's hard-line semi-official Fars News, in its latest attack on the US has reportedly claimed that the country is secretly run by a 'shadow government' of space aliens since 1945.
The news outlet has claimed that the alien government is based out of Nevada and had previously run Nazi Germany .
Washington, Jan 14 : US President Barack Obama defended his Afghanistan policy, saying he continues to have "faith" in the US mission in the country.
"What's important is we got the policy right, but this is hard and it always has been," Obama told reporters Monday at the White House, rejecting criticism from former Pentagon chief Robert Gates.
Gates, who was defence secretary from 2006 to 2011, questioned in a new memoir whether Obama supported his own policy in Afghanistan, Xinhua reported.
"Just as I have continued to have faith in our mission, more importantly I have had unwavering confidence in our troops," Obama said.
Washington, Jan 13 - US President Barack Obama Sunday welcomed an agreement to start implementing an interim deal on Iran's nuclear programme from Jan 20, but vowed to veto any legislation imposing new sanctions on the Islamic republic hereafter.
"Beginning January 20th, Iran will for the first time start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium and dismantling some of the infrastructure that makes such enrichment possible," Xinhua reported Obama as saying in a statement.
Washington, Jan 12 - US President Barack Obama Saturday sent his condolences to the family of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and to the Israeli people over his death while describing Sharon as a leader "who dedicated his life to the State of Israel".
"As Israel says goodbye to prime minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honouring his commitment to his country," Xinhua reported citing Obama in a statement.
Sharon died at a hospital in central Israel Saturday after eight years in coma. He was 85.