WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East.
The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.
Susan Rice chaired a Principals Committee meeting today about potential terrorist threats, briefed Obama -White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to nominate Senate aide Michael O’Rielly to fill the second Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, the White House said on Thursday, bringing the agency closer to operating at full capacity.
The Senate has yet to confirm Democrat Tom Wheeler as the FCC’s chairman and Senate Republicans have indicated they wanted to wait for O’Rielly’s nomination to pair the two for a confirmation vote after the chamber returns from the August recess in September.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama praised Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi for his work combating terrorism but made no mention of efforts to repatriate detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison in public remarks at the White House on Thursday.
Hadi met Obama in the Oval Office a day after he tried to persuade U.S. senators to send home dozens of Yemeni detainees held at the controversial U.S. facility in Cuba.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Friday it plans to repatriate two inmates to Algeria from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, resuming the transfer of detainees from the controversial prison for the first time in nearly a year.
The step is the latest by President Barack Obama’s administration to show his commitment to closing the prison, which has held dozens of prisoners – most without charge – for more than a decade.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang pledged to finish talks on a regional free-trade agreement by the end of the year, but the two leaders clashed over human rights during a White House meeting on Thursday.
Labor and human rights groups have urged Obama to suspend free-trade negotiations with Vietnam because of that country’s treatment of workers and people who criticize the government.