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Jul 26, 2015

Obama tells Kenyans he wants them to succeed, sees challenges

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion based on gender or ethnicity.

After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.

Jul 25, 2015

Obama in Kenya says gays need equality, draws African criticism

NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Africans on Saturday that discriminating against gays was
like treating people differently because of race, drawing
criticism from anti-gay activists who said he was imposing his
morality on the continent.

The comments in Kenya by Obama, whose father was Kenyan and
who Africans claim as their son, exposed the divide on gay
rights between Western states and religiously conservative
Africa where many states ban homosexual relations.

Jul 25, 2015

Obama says entrepreneurs in Africa can give hope, deliver growth

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption.

Obama was addressing a Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the start of the first presidential visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland and the biggest economy in east Africa, which has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.

Jul 25, 2015

Obama dines with Kenyan family after arriving in father’s homeland

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama dined with his step grandmother, his sister and other extended family members after arriving in Kenya for his first presidential visit to his father’s homeland on Friday.

Obama’s plane, Air Force One, landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs in Africa before travelling on to Ethiopia.

Jul 24, 2015

Obama in Kenya for first presidential trip to father’s homeland

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama flew into Kenya late on Friday for his first presidential visit to his father’s homeland, aiming to boost trade and security ties.

Obama’s Air Force One plane landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs in Africa before traveling on to Ethiopia.

Jul 24, 2015

Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father’s homeland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father’s homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. He traveled to Kenya as a U.S. senator but has not gone since winning the White House.

Jul 23, 2015

Obama returns to father’s homeland with history, security on his mind

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will land in Kenya on Friday with a mission to strengthen U.S. security and economic ties, but his personal connection to his father’s birthplace will dominate a trip that Kenyans view as a native son returning home.

Kenya is a critical Western ally in the battle against the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, which massacred 148 people in April at a Kenyan university near the Somali border. Obama is likely to focus talks in Nairobi on security cooperation.

Jul 20, 2015

Obama picks University of Michigan economist Dominguez for Fed post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has chosen Kathryn Dominguez, an economist at the University of Michigan, to join the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the White House said on Monday.

Dominguez, who is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, has a background in foreign exchange rates, emerging markets, and international borrowing, the White House said.

Jul 16, 2015

Exclusive – Iran cannot avoid inspections of suspicious sites: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran will have no way to avoid inspections of military or other sites that the United States and its allies deem suspicious when a nuclear pact sealed this week goes into effect, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Rice, in an interview with Reuters, said the deal would not give Iran any room to oppose inspections if Washington or others had information believed to reveal a secret site that they took to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for review.

Jul 16, 2015

Exclusive – Rice: Iran cannot avoid inspections of suspicious sites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran will have no way to avoid inspections of military or other sites that the United States and its allies deem suspicious when a nuclear pact sealed this week goes into effect, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Rice, in an interview with Reuters, said the deal would not give Iran any room to oppose inspections if Washington or others had information believed to reveal a secret site that they took to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for review.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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