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Sikh rights group seeks info on Obama's decision to invite PM ModiWashington - A US-based Sikh rights group has filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents relating to the Obama administration's decision to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting at the White House here in September.

In its FOIA filed before the State Department, the New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) has also sought documents related to the visa ban of Modi after August 2005.

In 2005, the US State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to the US in the wake of the 2002 riots in Gujarat.


Brady, legend at the WH for his warmth, professionalism: Obama

Brady, legend at the WH for his warmth, professionalism: ObamaWashington - Former White House press secretary, James S Brady, who was gravely wounded in President Ronald Reagan assassination attempt, was a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism, President Barack Obama has said.

The White House press briefing room is named after Brady, who was one of four people hurt when Reagan was shot at outside a Washington hotel. He died 73.


US doing everything to diffuse Ukraine crisis: Obama

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has said that the America has done everything possible to seek a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, short of going into war to deter Russia.

"With respect to Ukraine, I think we have done everything that we can to support the Ukrainian government and to deter Russia from moving further into Ukraine," Obama told reporters at White House when asked if the US could have done more on Ukraine.

"But short of going to war, there are going to be some constraints in terms of what we can do if (Vladimir) Putin and Russia are ignoring what should be their long-term interests," he said.


US most powerful, but does not control everything: Obama

President Barack ObamaWashington - Defending his administration's foreign policy in view of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the Gaza conflict, President Barack Obama has said that the US does not control everything that happens across the globe despite being the most powerful country.

"Apparently people have forgotten that America, as the most powerful country on Earth, still does not control everything around the world," Obama told White House reporters at a news conference.


I love Katy Perry: Barack Obama

I love Katy Perry: Barack ObamaLos Angeles: US president Barack Obama is fond of singer Katy Perry and finds the pop star wonderful as a person.

Perry, who performed at the White house yesterday at a dinner celebration honouring the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics and its founder, was introduced by Obama as one of his favourite people, reportedly.

"We have just one of my favourite people performing tonight? Katy Perry. We are so grateful to her. I love Katy Perry," the leader said.

Perry was accompanied by her mother and Obama was all praise for her. "Katy is just a wonderful person. I`ve just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person," he said.


Obama knows importance of strong Indo-US ties: White House

Obama modiWashington: US President Barack Obama recognises the importance of a strong relationship with India, which is not only multifaceted, but there exists an important national security relationship, the White House said Friday.

Obama, who has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting at the White House in September, is looking forward to hearing from his administration officials on the talks by Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzeker, currently in India for the fifth annual Strategic Dialogue, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, told reporters at his daily news conference.


Obama nominates Indian-American as district court judge

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama has nominated yet another Indian-American counsel, Amit Privardhan Mehta, to the key post of US District Court judge for Washington DC.

Announcing Mehta's nominations along with other judiciary posts, Obama said, "I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench."

"I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice," he added.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, in a statement, applauded the nomination of Amit Mehta to serve on the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

of Columbia from 2002 to 2007.


Obama dines in Kansas with those who wrote to him

Barack ObamaWashington: Four Kansas residents who wrote letters to Barack Obama about their struggle and success in US's heartland were in for a surprise when they were taken out for a dinner by the President.

The dinner with Obama took place yesterday at Arthur Bryant's, a popular BBQ joint, during the president's trip to Kansas City.

"I want to pay for everybody," he told the woman at the register counter, referring to the four guests.

The four -- identified as Victor Fugate, Valerie McCaw, Mark Turner, Becky Forrest -- had written letters to Obama about their personal stories of success and struggle of working hard to get ahead in America.


EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions: White House

EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions: White HouseWashington - The White House says it expects the European Union to impose new sanctions this week against Russia, including against key sectors of the Russian economy, and that the United States will implement additional measures as well.

Tony Blinken, a deputy national security adviser, says the steps are necessary to convince Russia to cease support of separatists in Ukraine and stop destabilizing the former Soviet republic.

Blinken addressed reporters after President Barack Obama and European leaders conferred today about next steps for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.


Obama asks Afghan prez candidates to accept election results

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has asked the two Afghan presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani to publicly endorse their previously agreed political framework and insisted there is no justification for rhetoric that threatens extra-constitutional measures.

Obama talked to them over phone and thanked them for their leadership in reaching an agreement to form a national unity government and to accept the outcome of the full audit of the ballots in the June 14 run-off election currently being undertaken by the election commissions, the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest told reporters.


My 'basketball shot' is broken, says President Obama

My 'basketball shot' is broken, says President ObamaWashington, July 25 : President Obama admitted that his "basketball shot is broken" during a surprise lunch stop in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old US President started chatting about the game to two older men who were sitting in a booth at Canter's Deli, and said elbow keeps going out when he plays and only makes about 80 percent of the free shots, ABC News reported.

He blamed it on his age, and added that he was getting the "chicken wing."

As per the White House, the stop was part Obama's effort to 'meet people across the country to listen to their struggles and successes, and issues they faced in their lives. (ANI)


US top business place for investors: Obama

US top business place for investors: ObamaWashington - Noting that his country has bounced back from its worst ever recession, US president Barack Obama has said America is now the top place for investors to do business.

"When I came into office, investors around the world thought that China was the top place to do business. Today they think that America is the top place to do business," Obama told a Democratic Party luncheon in California.


Sikh group launches White House online petition against Modi

Sikh group launches White House online petition against ModiWashington: A New York-based Sikh rights group, which had earlier campaigned against Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, has launched an online petition campaign urging President Barack Obama to cancel invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

"Instead of hosting Modi at White House, President Obama should condemn Modi and ban BJP for perpetrating violence against Muslims, Sikhs and Christians," said the White House online petition which was launched by the Sikh for Justice.

Obama has invited Modi to visit the US and for a meeting with him at the White House on September 30.


World in turmoil, but not because of Obama, says Kerry

World in turmoil, but not because of Obama, says KerryWashington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday agreed that "the world is in turmoil" but that is "not the fault of President Barack Obama".

"I agree with the analysis to the degree that it says that the world is in turmoil right now, and the world is, because enormous numbers of forces have been unleashed with globalisation, with the Arab Spring, with radical religious extremism. None of which are the fault of President Obama," Kerry told ABC News.


Lawmakers still questioning Afghanistan drawdown

Barack ObamaWashington - The Afghan election crisis and unravelling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

The White House says Afghanistan is a different situation from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence since shortly after US troops left, and the drawdown decision a done deal.

Some lawmakers, however, say they are uncomfortable with Obama's plan, which responds to the American public's war fatigue and his desire to be credited with getting the US out of two conflicts.


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