Washington : Though he once vigorously opposed its involvement, President Barack Obama has signed legislation that gives the US Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.
Achieving a deal with Iran is a central element of Obama's foreign policy ambitions, and the new law imposes conditions on his ability to act on his own. He signed the measure without ceremony Friday at the White House.
Negotiators from the US, China, France, Russia, Great Britain and Germany are seeking a deal with Tehran by the end of June. Israel and some Persian Gulf nations worry Iran is simply delaying its nuclear ambitions to get economic sanctions lifted.
Washington : President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake in making sure that a nuclear agreement with Iran delivers on its promise.
He says he will not accept a bad deal. He adds: "This deal will have my name on it."
Obama was speaking to Congregation Adas Israel in observance of Jewish American Heritage Month. The appearance coincides with Solidarity Shabbat, devoted to showing unity by political leaders in Europe and North America against anti-Semitism.
He sought to reassure the Jewish community that he shared Israel's commitment to Iran not obtaining a nuclear weapon.
But he says that doesn't mean there shouldn't be periodic disagreements between the governments of the US and Israel.
Washington, May 22 : President Barack Obama is reportedly under pressure to revamp his military strategy against the Islamic State (IS) terror group in the wake of the latter's recent gains in both Iraq and Syria.
According to Fox News, the White House said that no formal strategy review was under way following the capture of Ramadi by IS fighters.
IS militants have also seized the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the capture of both Ramadi and Palmyra count as a "setback".
Earnest also emphasized on the fact that Obama will not support a large-scale military deployment while congressional critics stress on a major change in strategy. (ANI)
Washington, May 20 - Day after making a much-awaited debut on Twitter, United States President Barack Obama has achieved another accolade by setting a new Guinness World Record for fastest time to reach a million followers on Twitter, in a span of mere 5 hours after going live.
The new record set by Obama's new @POTUS account beat the previous record, which was set last year by 'Iron Man' star Robert Downey Jr., after the actor reached a million followers in 23 hours and 22 minutes, reported The Verge. (ANI)
Washington: Gulf leaders are nervous about US nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran's meddling across the Mideast.
Now they're looking to President Barack Obama to promise more than words and weapons at Thursday's summit at Camp David.
They want commitments that the US has their backs at a time when the Mideast is under attack from Islamic extremists, Syria continues to unravel, Iraq is volatile and Yemen is in chaos.
What are the expectations for the meetings involving Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman?
Weapons sales. A renewed call for a coordinated missile defense system. More joint military exercises. Better cooperation on cybersecurity as well as maritime or border security. Making the countries' defense systems work in concert. PTI
Washington : President Barack Obama has strongly argued in favour of an international trade agreement, saying that the US must write the rules for global economy and not China that may put American workers and products at a disadvantage in the absence of a level playing field.
"In a lot of parts of the world, the rules are unfair. The playing field is uneven. That puts American businesses and workers at a disadvantage... We have to make sure America writes the rules of the global economy. We should do it today while our economy is in the position of global strength," said the US President.
Washington, May 5 : When the US President Barack Obama recently appeared on 'The Late Show' for the final time before David Letterman signs off, the two talked about potential retirement plans.
Obama jokingly suggested that when they're both gone from their current gigs they should play some dominoes together, go to the local Starbuck and swap stories, the Deadline reported.
Letterman shot back that he plays dominoes and is pretty good, adding "I know you think I'm not good at dominoes ."
Letterman, whose final day hosting CBS' Late Show is May 20, revealed that he plans to teach law at Columbia after his retirement, to which Obama responded that he'd be interested in sitting in on that class as that would be a hoot. (ANI)
Washington, May 3 : President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton on the birth of their baby girl.
Obama said in a statement that he and Michelle were delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the birth of the Royal Princess, People Magazine reported.
The POTUS added that on behalf of the American people, they wish the Duke and Duchess and their son George much joy and happiness on the occasion of the arrival of the newest member of their family.
The little girl, whose name has not yet been released, was born 2nd May and weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz. (ANI)
Washington, May 03 : The leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council have been demanding major new weapon systems and security guarantees from the United States in lieu of backing a nuclear agreement with Iran, U. S. and Arab officials said.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are planning to use a high-level meeting with U. S. President Barack Obama later this month to demand additional fighter jets, missile batteries and surveillance equipment, reported Fox News.
They also intend to press for defense agreements between the U. S. and the Gulf nations that would outline terms and conditions under which Washington would intervene if they are threatened by Iran, officials said.
Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Gayle Smith as the Administrator of USAID and if confirmed by the Congress she would replace Indian-American Raj Shah as the head of the American aid agency.
"I've worked closely with Gayle for nearly a decade, and for the past six years Gayle has served as a senior leader on international development, humanitarian crisis response, and democracy issues on my National Security Council staff," Obama said.
"Gayle's energy and passion have been instrumental in guiding America's international development policy, responding to a record number of humanitarian crises worldwide, and ensuring that development remains at the forefront of the national security agenda at a time when USAID is more indispensable than ever," he said.
Washington, Apr 27 : US President Barack Obama has reportedly given the CIA more flexibility to carry out drone strikes in Pakistan against terror suspects than any other country after approving more restrictive rules in 2013.
According to Fox News, Obama reportedly approved a waiver that exempted the CIA from proving that militants targeted in Pakistan posed an imminent threat to the US.
The CIA conducts drone strikes in Pakistan as well as in Yemen, where it works alongside the military.
According to reports, the CIA's Pakistan drone strike program was initially exempted from the "imminent threat" requirement until the end of US and NATO combat operations in Afghanistan. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 27 : US President Barack Obama has reached the popularity level of the former President Ronald Reagan , according to analysts, as Obama's job approval rating stands at 46.4 percent, his highest mark in nearly two years.
According to Washington Times, analysts said that Obama's bounce can be attributed to the fact that he is fading into the political background as the next presidential race kicks into high gear.
Obama is way above George Bush's job approval ratings, that sunk to 35 percent during his 25th quarter in office.
Obama trails President Clinton, who held 64 percent approval ratings at this point in his term.
Washington, Apr 27 - US President Barack Obama took a funny jab at his wife Michelle Obama's glowing skin at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner.
The POTUS was joined by ' Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and had no trouble expressing his thoughts sans Luther and also got in plenty of jabs of his own, E! Online reported.
Obama also joked about his increasingly own gray hair, too, but he was the first to admit that while he was looking older and older, wife Michelle Obama hasn't aged a day.
The US President got some laughs talking about Hillary Clinton and her 2016 presidential campaign, saying, "I have one friend, just a few weeks ago she was making millions of dollars a year, and she's now living out of a van in Iowa!" (ANI)
Washington, Apr 22 : US President Barack Obama has said that the US could "penetrate" a missile defense system which Iran is buying from Russia if the US decided that it needs to destroy Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program.
According to the Washington Times, Obama said that they could penetrate their air defense system if they want since US' defense budget is a little under 600 billion dollars and Iran's is a little over 17 billion dollars.
Obama's comments came as he was discussing the proposed sale by Russia of an 800 million anti-missile system that is complicating nuclear talks with Iran.
Obama reiterated that he is pursuing a diplomatic solution to curbing Iran's nuclear program, with a framework agreement having been reached earlier this month. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 16 : Describing Prime Minister as India's "reformer-in-chief", U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the former's rise from poverty to be the leader of the world's largest democracy reflects India's rise in the comity of nations, as also its dynamism.
In an article for the Time magazine, which has just announced that Narendra Modi is one of the 100 most influential people of the world in 2015, President Obama has praised Modi for his ambitious vision to help more Indians to overcome socio-economic injustices like poverty, lack of education and disempowered women.
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