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Obama says no military solution in Syria, backs ‘hard work’ of diplomacy

US President Barack Obama insisted diplomacy is the only way to end the brutal five-year conflict in Syria Tuesday, as a ceasefire brokered by Washington and Moscow lay in tatters. “There’s no ultimate military victory to be won, we’re going to have to pursue the hard work of the diplomacy that aims to stop the…

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September 20, 2016

 

Under fire Trump admits Obama is American

WASHINGTON: After years of fueling conspiracy theories, Republican White House nominee Donald Trump admitted Friday that President Barack Obama is an American as he tried to neutralize damaging charges of racism. But he also stepped up attacks against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, accusing her of initiating the doubts about Obama and later raising the…

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September 17, 2016

 

Obama urges unity on eve of 9/11 anniversary

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to remain united in the face of terrorist attacks, in a barely-veiled jab at Republican White House nominee Donald Trump 15 years after 9/11. “In the face of terrorism, how we respond matters,” Obama said in his weekly radio and online address, delivered on the eve of…

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September 10, 2016

 

Duterte says did not insult Obama, calls UN chief ‘fool’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte insisted Friday he had not intended to insult US leader Barack Obama, but immediately took aim at another global figure by labelling UN chief Ban Ki-moon a “fool”. Duterte sparked a storm on the eve of an Asian summit this week by labelling Obama a “son of a whore”, prompting the…

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September 9, 2016

 

Obama warns N. Korea of ‘serious consequences’

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama, warning of “serious consequences”, called the leaders of South Korea and Japan for consultations, a White House spokesman said Friday, after Pyongyang said it conducted its fifth nuclear test. “The president indicated he would continue to consult our allies and partners in the days ahead to ensure provocative actions from…

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September 9, 2016

 

Clinton slams Trump praise for Russia’s Putin as ‘scary’

WASHINGTON: US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Thursday slammed her Republican opponent Donald Trump’s recent praise for President Vladimir Putin as “scary.” Responding to Trump’s claim that the Russian strongman is “far more” of a leader than President Barack Obama, the Democrat Clinton said it was “not just unpatriotic and insulting to the people of our…

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September 8, 2016

 

As Obama caps years of Asia ‘pivot’, regional tensions smolder

VIENTIANE: Barack Obama defended his efforts to ‘rebalance’ U.S. foreign policy toward Asia on Thursday even as he wound up the final visit of his presidency to the region with the South China Sea dispute still smoldering. Obama’s trip to Asia began and ended on awkward notes. Arriving for a G20 summit in China last…

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September 8, 2016

 

Putin better leader than Obama: Trump

NEW YORK: Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that Russia’s Vladimir Putin had been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama, as the Republican presidential nominee used a televised forum to argue he was best equipped to reassert America’s global leadership. Trump suggested at the event in which he and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton made…

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September 8, 2016

 

Obama ‘whore’ slur no bar to Philippine leader’s popularity

Despite foul-mouthed tirades, international outrage and a public spat with Barack Obama, Rodrigo Duterte is the most popular politician in the Philippines. As the politically incorrect president enters the third month of his six-year term, the Asian nation’s slums are drenched in blood from a brutal anti-drug campaign that has seen police and shadowy assassins…

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September 7, 2016

 

Obama nominates Pakistani-American as federal judge

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating the first Muslim person to the federal judiciary, Abid Qureshi. “I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment…

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September 7, 2016

 

China blames United States, journalists for Obama airport fiasco

China on Monday leveled responsibility at the United States and journalists for a fracas at a Chinese airport, in which officials of both countries exchanged heated remarks as President Barack Obama disembarked from his aircraft. The comments by a foreign ministry spokeswoman were in response to questions whether China, which is hosting a G20 summit…

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September 6, 2016

 

Philippines president insults Obama, apologizes

  VIENTIANE, LAOS: The Philippines scrambled to defuse a row with the United States on Tuesday and its new president, Rodrigo Duterte, voiced regret for calling President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”, comments that prompted Washington to call off a bilateral meeting. The tiff between the two allies overshadowed the opening of a…

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September 6, 2016

 

Trump says comment on Obama founding IS was sarcasm

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump backtracked Friday from his assertion that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton founded the Islamic State group, saying he was just being sarcastic. As he often does, the Republican presidential nominee accused the news media of misconstruing something he said. In this case he targeted CNN, although his comments on the jihadist…

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August 12, 2016

 

Obama to Democrats: ‘We’re going to carry Hillary to victory’

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Democrats to carry onetime rival Hillary Clinton to victory in November as America’s first woman president, while savaging her Republican opponent Donald Trump for fueling hate and division. The two-term president rallied his party’s faithful at their national convention, offering a comprehensive endorsement of his first secretary of…

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July 28, 2016

 

Obama warns Democrats to ‘stay worried’ about Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama warned Democrats Wednesday that anything was possible in the US elections and to “stay worried until all the votes are counted.” Obama, who is the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, was asked in an interview with NBC’s Today Show whether Republican candidate Donald Trump could defeat the…

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July 27, 2016

 

US had no prior intelligence about Turkey coup: Obama

BERLIN: President Barack Obama on Friday flatly rejected reports that the United States had prior intelligence about or was involved in last week’s coup attempt in Turkey, calling such suggestions “unequivocally false.” Obama also told reporters that Turkey’s request for the extradition of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen — blamed by Erdogan for the deadly…

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July 22, 2016

 

Turkey must present evidence to extradite U.S.-based cleric: Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Friday he has told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that Ankara must present evidence if it wants to extradite a U.S.-based Muslim cleric that Erdogan has accused of being involved last week’s attempted coup. Obama, speaking to a news conference, said he told Erdogan the United States supports his democratically…

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July 22, 2016

 

Obama convenes national security team amid Turkey unrest

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama was huddling with top national security advisers in the White House Situation Room Saturday to address the destabilizing coup attempt in Turkey. The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have repelled the plot, but the situation remained fraught and tensions between Washington and Ankara appeared to be growing. In…

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July 16, 2016

 

US urges support for Turkish government as coup attempt mollifies

WASHINGTON: The United States called on all parties in Turkey to support President Tayyip Erdogan’s government against a coup attempt as world leaders expressed concern about the upheaval in a NATO member country that bridges Europe and the Middle East. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone and gave their…

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July 16, 2016

 

World reacts to Nice ‘terrorist’ attack

PARIS: Politicians from around the world have reacted with horror after a truck smashed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 84 as they watched a Bastille Day fireworks display. Following are the main reactions: – US President Barack Obama condemned what he said appeared to be a “horrific terrorist…

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July 15, 2016

 

Obama briefed on Nice incident

WASHINGTON: The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama had been briefed on an apparent attack in Nice that French authorities say has killed at least 60 people.

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July 15, 2016

 
 
 
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