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Sep 29, 2015

Obama, Putin discuss Syria; essential difference over Assad remains

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.

During a 90-minute meeting, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that their armed forces should hold talks to avoid coming into conflict in Syria after a Russian military buildup there over the last several weeks.

Sep 29, 2015

At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war, but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama described Assad as a tyrant and as the chief culprit behind the four-year civil war in which at least 200,000 people have died and millions have been driven from their homes.

Sep 28, 2015

Modi calls for climate change agenda that helps developing countries

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met U.S. President Barack Obama and France and Britain’s leaders on Monday, and called for a climate change agenda from upcoming global talks in Paris that helps developing countries with access to finance and technology.

    Modi said after meeting Obama that he and the American president shared an “uncompromising” commitment to fighting climate change without hurting development. He thanked Obama for responding positively to his call for a global public partnership to develop sources of clean energy.

Sep 28, 2015

Obama willing to work with Iran, Russia to end Syria conflict

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States is willing to work with Iran and Russia to try to end the Syrian conflict, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday but insisted there could not be a return to the status quo under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Obama described Assad as a tyrant and as the chief culprit behind the four-year civil war in which at least 200,000 people have died and millions have been driven from their homes internally or abroad as refugees.

Sep 24, 2015

China’s Xi arrives in Washington for first U.S. state visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing’s economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Vice President Joe Biden led the welcoming delegation as Xi’s plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base on the second leg of a weeklong trip that began in Seattle, where the Chinese leader sought to reassure U.S. companies that he is working to create a more favorable Chinese investment climate.

Sep 24, 2015

Pope lauds Obama on climate change, canonizes controversial missionary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world’s richest nation.

In a speech on the White House South Lawn on the first full day of his U.S. trip, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce air pollution as “encouraging,” months after Francis made the environment one of his top concerns by issuing a landmark encyclical letter to the church.

Sep 23, 2015

At White House, pope focuses on environment, poverty and migrants

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday
urged the United States to help tackle climate change and
touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as
immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the
world’s richest nation.

In a speech on the White House South Lawn on the first full
day of his U.S. trip, the Argentine pontiff lauded President
Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce air pollution, months after
Francis made the environment one of his top concerns by issuing
a landmark encyclical letter to the church.

Sep 23, 2015

On White House lawn, Pope urges U.S. action on climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change at a “critical moment of history” and called on Americans to build a truly tolerant and inclusive society.

In a speech on the White House South Lawn, the Argentine

pontiff lauded President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce air pollution.

“It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history,” the pope said at a welcoming ceremony for his first visit to the United States.

Sep 22, 2015

U.S. to warn China against quick fixes for economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will press China during a state visit by President Xi Jinping to avoid “quick fixes” for its economy such as devaluing its currency to boost exports, White House chief economist Jason Furman said on Tuesday.

Furman said China’s recent loosening of controls on the yuan currency “caused turmoil” in global financial markets and that U.S. officials would also raise the issue of China’s volatile stock market.

Sep 18, 2015

Obama nominates first openly gay service secretary to lead Army

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to become the next secretary of the Army, the White House said on Friday, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history.

Fanning is currently serving as acting Army undersecretary, and previously worked as Air Force undersecretary and chief of staff to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. His nomination to the post must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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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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