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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.

Jul 18, 2014

Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall -officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, senior administration officials said on Friday.

The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, the officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has largely consumed the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks.

Jul 18, 2014

Obama to sign order Monday barring federal discrimination against gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, senior administration officials said.

The White House said last month that Obama would issue the order but declined to give details on its content or the timing of when he would do so.

Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014

Obama: missile from eastern Ukraine controlled by separatists hit plane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.

Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin had the most power to reduce the violence in Ukraine and had not chosen to do so. He said Ukraine separatists had received a steady flow of support from Russia, including anti-aircraft weapons.

Jul 18, 2014

White House urges Ukraine ceasefire for plane probe, Obama talks to Putin

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to allow easy access to a downed Malaysian jetliner and President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused the crash.

“It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement, urging Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine to support a cease-fire to permit safe and unfettered access to the wreckage.

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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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