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Jul 21, 2014

Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The order did not include new exemptions for religious organizations, a move that was welcomed by gay rights activists.

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Jul 19, 2014

Obama says downing of plane a “wake-up call” for Europe over Ukraine conflict

HRABOVE, Ukraine/WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – U.S.
President Barack Obama said the downing of a Malaysian jetliner
in a Ukrainian region controlled by Russian-backed separatists
should be a “wake-up call for Europe and the world” in a crisis
that appears to be at a turning point and warned Russia of
possible tightening of sanctions.

While stopping short of blaming Russia for Thursday’s crash
of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, in which 298 people
died, Obama accused Moscow of failing to stop the violence that
made it possible to shoot down the plane.

Jul 19, 2014

Obama says Europe should see downed jet as ‘wake-up call’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in a Ukrainian region controlled by Russian-backed separatists should be a “wake-up call” for the West in its drive to hold Moscow accountable for a crisis that appears to be at a turning point.

While stopping short of blaming Russia for Thursday’s crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17, in which 298 people died, Obama accused Russia of failing to stop the violence that made it possible to shoot down the plane. The United States has said the jetliner was hit by a surface-to-air missile fired from rebel territory.

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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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