Barack Obama

Obama's energy policy to benefit India and China

Obama's energy policy to benefit India and ChinaWashington: The path breaking clean energy policy unveiled by the Obama administration would put the US at a disadvantage against countries like India and China, top US lawmakers and policy advocacy groups have said.

"It really won't have much impact in terms of emissions because of what less-developed countries of the world like China and India are contributing," Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at a joint news conference with other top Republican Senators Roy Blunt, Saxby Chambliss, John Cornyn and John Thune.


US willing to work with new Palestinian government

US willing to work with new Palestinian governmentWashington: The US on Wednesday welcomed the formation of the new Palestinian unity government and said it was willing to work with it while continuing to evaluate its composition and policies.

"(Palestinian) President (Mahmoud) Abbas has formed an interim technocratic government that does not include any ministers affiliated with Hamas. In fact, most of the key cabinet positions, including the prime minister, the two deputy prime ministers and the finance minister, are the same as in the prior government," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters.


Bobby Jindal slams Obama for prisoners swap

Bobby Jindal slams Obama for prisoners swapWashington: Indian-American Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal has slammed US President Barack Obama on releasing five Taliban prisoners in lieu of an American soldier who was under Taliban captivity for nearly five years.

"The president may have swapped much more than meets the eye here. To gain the release of one soldier, he may have agreed to the release of five terrorists who will kill again. After all, that is why we were still holding these five men until Saturday," Jindal wrote in an op-ed to Fox news.

Jindal, who is eyeing the 2016 Republican presidential run, said refusing to negotiate with terrorists makes Americans safer.


Obama to fight carbon pollution emitting from coal plants in US

Barack ObamaWashington, June 2 : US President Barack Obama has reportedly decided to slash carbon pollution emitting from coal plants across the US.

According to The New York Times, the Obama administration would announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The proposed directive indicates that the largest source of carbon pollution emitting from 600 coal power plants would be dissolved, which can completely transform the manner in which electricity is generated in the US.


Barack Obama vows to never dye his hair

Barack Obama vows to never dye his hairWashington, May 31 - Barack Obama revealed on ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael' that neither has he dyed his hair nor neither does he intend to.

Rumors have been swirling aout him having dyed his hair since the White House unveiled Obama's presidential portrait in 2008, ABC News reported.

First Lady Michelle rubbished the rumours in 2011, saying that if Barack had known that he would be president, he would have started dying his hair, about 10 years ago.

When asked if he had ever considered dying his hair, Barack said that he has not, asserting that he sees Michelle in the hair salon and finds that it's just too much work.


Obama, Hillary Clinton lunch privately at White House

Obama, Hillary Clinton lunch privately at White HouseWashington, May 30 - US President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton had an "informal" and private lunch together at the White House, media reported.

The meeting was not on the president's official agenda Thursday, but the White House confirmed the lunch after a journalist with People magazine reported Clinton's presence via Twitter.

Clinton still has not announced whether she aspires to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for the 2016 election, but she has begun fundraising to help her if she does decide to mount a campaign and her name is being discussed by political analysts nationwide.


Kerry defends Obama's Afghanistan exit strategy

Kerry defends Obama's Afghanistan exit strategyWashington, May 30 - US Secretary of State John Kerry defended President Barack Obama's newly announced strategy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan amidst much criticism, media reported.

"The president set a timetable. He said that we will transfer security responsibility to the Afghans by such and such a date. That was last year and this year, predominately, we've done it," Kerry said Thursday.

"They had a very successful election, and they provided the security and they did the planning and they did the execution. That is exactly what the president is now trying to do with respect to the final steps," Kerry said.


Obama puts off review of deportations

Obama puts off review of deportationsWashington, May 29 - US President Barack Obama's decision to postpone the completion of the deportation policy review until August, was received with criticism by activists and scepticism by Republicans.

"Now isn't the time to be playing politics with immigration enforcement or our national security," Michael Steel, spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, said Wednesday.

The speaker is the person who has the authority to call a vote in the House of Representatives to approve the bipartisan reform bill the Senate passed in June 2013.


Obama advocates using military force unilaterally - without permission

Obama advocates using military force unilaterally - without permissionWashington, May 29 - US President Barack Obama has laid out a new doctrine of using "military force unilaterally" without permission when its own interests are at stake, but turning to "collective action" when Washington is not directly threatened.

America would still lead using "military force unilaterally if necessary", he told graduates at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, but would avoid the "costly mistakes" of the past by "collective action" with allies abroad.

"Here's my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage. If we don't, no one else will," he said.


US banks on India, Pakistan for stability after Afghanistan pullout

US banks on India, Pakistan for stability after Afghanistan pulloutWashington, May 28 - As President Barack Obama announced plans for Afghanistan after ending US combat mission by year end, the US hoped India, Pakistan and Afghanistan would help provide greater stability and security in the region.

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had set a "constructive tone from the very beginning," a senior administration official told reporters Tuesday in a background briefing on Obama's plans.


US to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

US to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014Washington, May 28 - US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he planned to leave 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The troops will be reduced by roughly half by the end of 2015 and draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul by the end of 2016, Xinhua quoted the US president as saying at the White House.

After 2014, he said, US troops in Afghanistan will have "two narrow missions": training Afghan forces and supporting counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda.

"We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected," Obama said. "Now we're finishing the job we started."


Obama plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

Obama plans to keep 9,800 troops in AfghanistanWashington, May 28 - US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The troops will be reduced by roughly half by the end of 2015 and draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul by the end of 2016, Xinhua quoted Obama as saying at the White House.

After 2014, Obama said, US troops in Afghanistan will have "two narrow missions": training Afghan forces and supporting counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda.

"We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected," Obama said. "Now we're finishing the job we started."


Obama pledges support for Ukraine's president-elect

Obama pledges support for Ukraine's president-electWashington, May 28 - US President Barack Obama Tuesday called Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, pledging "full support" for his efforts to resolve the crisis facing the Eastern European nation.

Obama congratulated Poroshenko on his victory in the presidential election Sunday, seen by the West as vital to stabilising the country, and offered "full support of the United States as he seeks to unify and move his country forward," Xinhua quoted the White House as saying in a readout of the phone conversation.


US media focuses on Modi's regional ambitions

US media focuses on Modi's regional ambitionsWashington, May 27 - As President Barack Obama vowed to work closely together with the new Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi "for years to come", the US media focused on "his regional ambitions".

Building bridges with a man the US had shunned for over a decade, Obama congratulated Modi and said the US looked "forward to working closely together with the new government to continue to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership for years to come".


White House reveals name of CIA chief in Kabul

White House reveals name of CIA chief in KabulWashington, May 27 - The White House inadvertently revealed the name of the Central Intelligence Agency's top officer in Kabul during President Barack Obama's weekend trip to the Afghan capital.

A list of 15 senior US officials, first provided to journalists traveling with Obama and then forwarded to other reporters on the White House mailing list, included the "Chief of Station" in Kabul for joining a military briefing with the president at Bagram air base north of the city, Xinhua reported.


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