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Obama aide calls Netanyahu visit 'destructive' to relations

US President Barack Obama

Washington - A top adviser to President Barack Obama sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address Congress next week, calling the move "destructive" to the ties between the US and Israel.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Netanyahu's March 3 speech, which was arranged by Republican congressional leaders, has "injected a degree of partisanship" into a relationship that should be above politics.

"It's destructive to the fabric of the relationship," Rice told the Charlie Rose show yesterday. "It's always been bipartisan. We need to keep it that way."


Democrats agree to plan to fund Homeland Department

US President Barack Obama

Washington - Senate Democrats have agreed to a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama.

Spending for the department, which oversees the nation's borders, expires Friday at midnight. The showdown stems from Republican efforts to undermine Obama's executive order to protect millions of people from deportation.

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that he welcomed the opportunity to vote on the measure and said every Democrat will back it.

Reid said he looked forward to working with Republicans to get the measure done in the next 24 hours.


Obama endorses India's bid for permanent UNSC membership

Obama endorses India's bid for permanent UNSC membership

Washington: US President Barack Obama endorses India's candidature as a permanent member of the reformed UN security council, the White House has said.

"As it relates to India's membership in the security council, I know the President endorsed that... the security council in the context of a variety of other important reforms to the operations of the United Nations," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

Earnest said he had no updates on the status of the ongoing reforms of the UN or efforts to try to bring about some of those reforms.

During his India visit last month, Obama had reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN security council with India as a permanent member.


Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama's visit to India provided an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries and America is willing to work together with Indian government, the White House has said, a month after the historic trip.

"There is an opportunity for us to try to advance the interest of both our countries by working together and by coordinating our efforts. And the (US) President is certainly committed to that. In part because of the substantial economic benefits that could be enjoyed by the American people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.


Bobby Jindal says Obama 'incapable of being commander-in-chief of US' over inept handling of IS

Bobby Jindal says Obama 'incapable of being commander-in-chief of US' over inept

Washington, Feb 24 : Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said in reference to United States President Barack Obama's handling of the Islamic State (IS) that he is "incapable of being commander-in-chief " of the country.

According to the Washington Times, Jindal said that the Americans were not as "dimwitted" as Obama believed them to be.

He accused Obama of refusing to say that "most Muslims have no interest in terrorism".

Obama cannot accept that issue of "Radical Islamic terrorism" and hence, he cannot fix it as well, said Jindal.

Jindal emphasized that killing the enemy is how a war is won and said that Congress should amend Obama's authorization for the use of military force to remove a prohibition on ground troops. (ANI)


US committed to work with India on diversity issue: White House

US committed to work with India on diversity issue: White House

Washington - Amid the flak generated by President Barack Obama`s recent comments about religious intolerance in India, the White House has said it`s committed to working with India to reaffirm the principle of diversity around the world.

The reiteration came in an official White House response to an online "We the People Petition on Religious Freedom in India." Urging Obama to "Question Modi `WHY Indian Constitution labels `Sikhs` as Hindus?` while attending Constitution Day events on January 26."

It also asked Obama to raise the issues of "Sikh Genocide"; and "Sikhs` Right to Self-determination".


Judge stalls Obama immigration orders; White House to appeal

US District Judge Andrew Hanen

Houston - The White House promised an appeal today after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.

The ruling puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare as many as five million people who are in the US illegally from deportation. It came from US District Judge Andrew Hanen, who once accused the Obama administration of participating in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the U.S. By helping reunite them with parents who live here illegally.


Obama spends Valentine's Day away from Michelle Obama again

Obama spends Valentine's Day away from Michelle Obama again

Washington, Feb 15 - Barack Obama spend this Valentine's Day away from his wife Michelle Obama again like last year as he was on a trip to Palm Springs.

The President of US landed on the West Coast without his family as he had to attend the White House's cyber security summit with King Abdullah of Jordan at Stanford, and then traveled to his favorite place to play golf with his high-school pals, ABC News reported.

However, Michelle Obama tweeted a Valentine's Day message with a picture of her with husband and wished him the day with stating that love is all they need. (ANI)


Obama speaks against religious and racial violence in US

US President Barack Obama

Washington - Stating that the murder of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this week was "brutal and outrageous", the US President Barack Obama today voiced strong concern over religious and racial violence in the county.

"No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship," Obama said in a statement, in which he and the First Lady, Michelle offered their condolences to the victims' loved ones.

Obama said that the FBI has opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Tuesday.


Barack Obama covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'

Barack Obama covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'

Washington, Feb. 12 : Barack Obama can be seen singing Taylor Swift's 'Shake it off' in the latest lip-dub video created by the YouTube channel, BarackDubs.

The president of the United States has become a viral star with this brilliantly-created video piecing together snippets of his speeches to recreate the pop star's huge tune, E! Online reported.

The video is available to download on Loudr and iTunes.(ANI)


Obama asks Germans to give them 'benefit of doubt' in NSA spying case

Obama asks Germans to give them 'benefit of doubt' in NSA spying case

Washington, Feb 10 - United States President Barack Obama has urged Germans to give the U. S. "the benefit of the doubt" on the work of National Security Agency (NSA) that is believed to have tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel 's phone in 2013.

According to TechCrunch, Obama said that he wants Germany to recognize the fact the U. S. has always tried to promote civil liberties ad that the U. S. and Germany have been consistent partners since last 70 years.

In 2013, the news about NSA tapping Merkel's phone has caused a sensation following which Merkel had said that "friends do not spy on each other".

However, now things are calmer than before as Merkel discussed the need for collaboration with the U. S.


US considering arming Ukraine with lethal weapons: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

Washington - The US is examining the possibility of arming Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapons" President Barack Obama said today but insisted that no decision in this regard had been made yet.

"It is true that if, in fact, diplomacy fails, what I've asked my team to do is to look at all options. What other means can we put in place to change (Russian President) Mr (Vladimir) Putin's calculus? The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that's being examined," Obama said at a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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".


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