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Jun 8, 2015

G7 leaders urge tough line on Russia at Alpine summit

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – Group of Seven (G7) leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine.

The Ukraine conflict and a long-running debt standoff between Greece and its European partners dominated the first day of the annual meeting hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Elmau, a luxury Alpine hotel in southern Germany.

Jun 7, 2015

Obama and Merkel reaffirm U.S.-German friendship at G7 summit

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the United States and Germany were “inseparable allies” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Washington as an essential partner on Sunday as the two leaders sought to put a recent spy row behind them.

Ties between the Cold War allies have deteriorated in the last couple of years due to revelations of widespread surveillance of German citizens, including Merkel’s phone, by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

Jun 7, 2015

Obama says G7 to stand up to Russian aggression in Ukraine

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Group of Seven (G7) leaders meeting in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday would discuss standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine amid an upsurge in violence there that monitors have blamed on Moscow-backed separatists.

At the start of the two-day summit of the world’s leading industrial nations, host Angela Merkel greeted Obama in the idyllic Alpine town of Kruen under blue skies, surrounded by locals in traditional dress, drinking beer and eating pretzels.

Jun 6, 2015

Obamas, Clintons join Vice President Biden at son Beau’s funeral

By Jeff Mason

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his family joined a host of U.S. political figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton on Saturday to mourn Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, who died last week of brain cancer at the age of 46.

One thousand people filled the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington for a funeral Mass for Biden, a former Delaware attorney general who also served a year-long term in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.

Jun 6, 2015

Obama faces new dynamic with Europe at G7 summit in Germany

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama attends the Group of Seven summit in Germany on Sunday, he will join fellow leaders who are growing accustomed to a new dynamic in the transatlantic relationship: less direction from Washington, more demands on Europe.

In responding to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, the crisis in Libya and efforts to advance Middle East peace, European leaders have stepped up their role after a real or perceived sense that the United States was drawing back.

May 31, 2015

U.S. Vice President Biden’s son Beau dies of brain cancer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president said. He was 46.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” Vice President Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

May 31, 2015

Joe Biden’s son Beau dies of brain cancer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president said. He was 46.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” Vice President Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

May 26, 2015

U.S. does damage control after defense chief’s remarks on Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of the U.S. commitment to help fight Islamic State militants in an effort at damage control on Monday after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops’ desire to fight.

Carter told CNN on Sunday that Iraqi forces showed no will to battle against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more directly.

May 25, 2015

Biden reassures Iraq prime minister after U.S. defense secretary remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday of the U.S. commitment to Iraq’s fight against Islamic State militants after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops’ will to fight.

Carter told CNN on Sunday that Iraqi forces showed no will to fight against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more directly.

May 15, 2015

Obama vows to ‘stand by’ Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any “external attack,” seeking to reassure them of Washington’s iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

Hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit at Camp David, Obama pledged that the United States would consider using military force to defend them and would also help address Iran’s “destabilizing activities in the region.”

    • About Jeff

      "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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