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Obama's national security agenda calls for 'strategic patience' over global challenges

Obama's national security agenda calls for 'strategic patience' over global chal

Washington, Feb 07: US President Barack Obama came out with a national security strategy, urging "strategic patience," drawing criticism from lawmakers amid threat posed by Islamic State (IS).

According to FOX News, the 29-page document is meant to serve as a blueprint for Obama's final two years in office. Obama's security strategy described the US as an important force in fighting global challenges such as terrorism, climate change and cyber threats, the report said.

While the document revealed US' ultimate goal to defeat the Islamic State terror group, it did not mention about any additional efforts on the part of the US to contain the terrorist group.


US body lauds Barack Obama for his religious freedom remarks in India

US body lauds Barack Obama for his religious freedom remarks in India

Washington - A US Congress-established commission on international religious freedom has commended President Barack Obama for deepening relations with India while recognising religious freedom concerns during his trip to the country.

"President Obama's timely comments underscore the importance of India getting religious freedom right," said Katrina Lantos Swett, Chairwoman of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Notably, members of the USCIRF were denied visa by the previous UPA regime to send a fact-finding mission to India to access religious freedom in the country in particular states like Odisha and Gujarat.


Obama to 'formally ask' Congress to authorise use of military force against IS

Obama to 'formally ask' Congress to authorise use of military force against IS

Washington, Feb 06 - United States President Barack Obama is expected to formally ask the Congress to authorize use of military force in the fight to take on the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, even as lawmakers contended that devising such a measure would be a challenge.

According to Fox News, Obama has been relying on congressional authorizations that President George W. Bush employed to vindicate military action in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Although Obama had earlier argued that a new authorization isn't legally necessary, critics have dubbed the White House's use of post-9/11 congressional authorizations "a legal stretch".


Steve Jobs gave Obama a sneak peek of original iPhone before its release

Barack Obama

Washington, Feb 06 - In the upcoming book of the United States President Barack Obama, his chief campaign advisor David Axelrod has revealed the details of a meeting between Steve Jobs and Obama where the President got a sneak peek of Apple's original iPhone before it was released.

According to the Verge, in Obama's book "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics", Alexrod gives a detailed description of Obama's meeting with Jobs in 2007.

Alexrod writes that after their meeting, Obama said that "If it were legal, I would buy a boatload of Apple stock".

Obama also said that Apple was going to be "really big", according to Alexrod. (ANI)


Mahatma Gandhi's legacy inspiration in dealing with intolerance: US

US President Barack Obama

Washington - Mahatma Gandhi's legacy is an inspiration in dealing with intolerance in the United States and around the world, the White House said on Friday, a day after President Barack Obama stated that acts of intolerance experienced by religious faiths in India in the past few years would have shocked the peace icon.

"Mahatma Gandhi's legacy is one we look to for inspiration in dealing with intolerance in the United States and around the world," Mark Stroh, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said.

The assertion came after Obama in his address to the high-profile National Prayer Breakfast yesterday said the "acts of intolerance" experienced by religious faiths of all types in the past few years in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi.


Obama meets Muslim leaders, discusses extremism challenge

US President Barack Obama

Washington - US President Barack Obama met Muslim leaders and discussed a host of issues with them including the efforts required to combat the dreaded IS and its "horrific" acts of terrorism.

"The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam," the White House said yesterday. Noting the remarkable contributions of Muslim Americans to the US, Obama encouraged the participants to remain civically engaged in their communities.

He said he looked forward for additional opportunities to continue such discussions.

Obama appreciated the participants for their work and for coming together to offer views on important issues.


China trying to intimidate its neighbours: Carter

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter

Washington - China is trying to intimidate its neighbours, President Barack Obama's nominee for Defence Secretary Ashton Carter today said today as he expressed concern over the Asian giant's increasing military might.

"Certainly trying to," Carter told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing.

He was responding to a question from Senator Lindsey Graham who asked, "Do you think China is intimidating their neighbours?"

"Can you explain that to me, because I can't explain it to myself?" Graham followed up with another question.

"No, I can't. No, I can't," Carter said refraining to give any further details as to how China is trying to intimidate its neighbours.


Indian among undocumented students invited by Obama to White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama has invited an Indian along with five other undocumented students at the White House to hear directly from the young people whose lives have been positively affected by the US immigration policies.

Rishi Singh from South Ozone Park in New York along with five other undocumented students would meet Obama at his Oval Office today, according to a White House official.

The other five students are Steven Arteaga from Houston, Jean Yannick Diouf from Maryland, Blanca Gamez from Las Vegas, Maria Praeli from Coinnecticut, and Bati-amgalan Tsoftsaikhan from Virginia.


Military conflict between US and Russia would be unwise: Obama

Washington - Engaging in a military conflict with Russia amid growing tensions between Moscow and Washington would be unwise, US president Barack Obama has said adding that the US policy of imposing tough sanctions on Russia after the latter's actions in Ukraine has badly hit the Russian economy.

"I don't think that it would be wise for the US or the world to see an actual military conflict between the United States and Russia," Obama told Fareed Zakaria of the GPS, a CNN Sunday talk show, in an interview aired yesterday.


'Personal chemistry of Barack Obama, Narendra Modi to drive Indo-US ties'

Washington - The strong personal chemistry between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would drive the Indo-US strategic relationship, a top American Senator has said.

"I witnessed first-hand the strong personal chemistry between President Obama and Prime Minister Modi, and that will be very important as our countries work together to strengthen this vital strategic partnership," Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus who is the only country-specific caucus in the US Senate said.

He was part of the four lawmakers who came with Obama during his three-day visit.Who was on the just concluded presidential trip to New Delhi said on Friday.


US suspects former Gitmo detainee swapped for Bergdahl trying to re-establish contact with Taliban

Washington, Jan 30 - The US reportedly suspects that one of the five Taliban detainees traded last year for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is attempting to contact suspected Taliban associates in Afghanistan .

According to CNN, an ongoing US intelligence program to secretly intercept and monitor all of their communications in Qatar turned up evidence in recent months that one of them has "reached out" to try to encourage militant activity, one official said.

The revelation comes amid growing concerns over released Gitmo detainees returning to the terror world.

After taking office in 2009, US President Barack Obama had vowed to shut down the prison camp. Since then, numerous Guantanamo detainees have been transferred or returned to their countries.


Obama's video 'singing' Bruno Mars' hit 'Uptown Funk' goes viral

Washington, Jan 30 - Popular YouTube called Barackdubs decided to mix things up and gave Bruno Mars' hit single ' Uptown Funk,' a different version, with Barack Obama as a singer. Well, sort of!

The video, which has already climbed the charts, features snippets of the US President giving various speeches cut and mixed together to make it sound like he's singing the song, E! Online reported.

The impressive video comes after a Dallas high school teacher gave his students the ultimate assignment to create a music video inspired by the hit single, and the clip has already received more than 5 million page views.

Mars shared the video on Facebook and wrote that "I cried at the end. I'm still a thug though. Thank you to everyone involved in making this video ." (ANI)


Barack Obama aide asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal

Washington - A senior Democratic senator's complaints today, and noisy protesters, underscored the Obama administration's challenge in seeking congressional approval for enhanced powers to reach trade deals with Japan, India and many other countries.

Sen Charles Schumer said he worries that new trade deals will not help middle class incomes.

He also said the United States must do more to prevent China from keeping its currency's value artificially low, which enhances Chinese exports and dampens imports.

Schumer addressed his remarks to US Trade Representative Michael Froman, who made the administration's pitch to the Senate Finance Committee.


Obama cuts short India trip to visit Saudi Arabia following King Abdullah's death

Washington, Jan 24 : U. S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will fly to Saudi Arabia on January 27 to pay respects to the late King Abdullah's family, cutting short their India trip, a White House spokesman said.

The president and the first lady, who are due to arrive in India Sunday to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day parade on Monday, have cancelled their visit to Taj Mahal in Agra and will instead fly to Riyadh on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.


Obama leaves for three-day visit to India

Washington, Jan 24 : President Barack Obama and U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama have left for their India visit from Andrews Air Base in Washington. Earlier in the day, Obama had cancelled his upcoming visit of Agra on January 27, opting to go to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to offer his condolences to the royal family following the demise of Saudi monarch King Abdullah.

Obama will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He will be the first U. S. President to attend a Republic Day celebration, the White House said. Obama, who visited India in 2010, would also be the first U. S. president to visit the country twice while in office.


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