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Aug 11, 2015

Corrected – Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration’s controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.

Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would reduce Americans’ energy bills and improve the health of vulnerable populations nationwide.

Aug 11, 2015

Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight
global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his
administration’s controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon
emissions from U.S. power plants.

Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the
world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to
cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would
reduce Americans’ energy bills and improve the health of
vulnerable populations nationwide.

Aug 3, 2015

Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration’s controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.

Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would reduce Americans’ energy bills and improve the health of vulnerable populations nationwide.

Jul 28, 2015

Second-term Obama tells Africa’s ‘Big Men’ to quit when time is up

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent’s ‘Big Men’, telling them they should quit when their time was up – especially since most have the cash to retire comfortably.

In joining African reformists who demand term limits be observed, the U.S. president was lining up squarely against entrenched leaders from Congo Republic to Rwanda and Burundi who are intent on extending their years in power.

Jul 28, 2015

Obama tells Africans to build democracy, create jobs to thrive

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Barack Obama told African nations on Tuesday they needed to respect democratic rules and create jobs to avoid a slide into disorder.

In the first speech by a serving U.S. president to the 54-nation African Union, he said violence unleashed in Burundi by the president’s bid for a third term in office showed the risks of ignoring constitutional rules.

Jul 28, 2015

Obama heads to African Union at end of tour to build ties

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Barack Obama toured a U.S.-supported food factory in Ethiopia on Tuesday on the last leg of an Africa trip, before winding up his visit at the African Union where he will become the first U.S. president to address the 54-nation body.

Obama has used his trip to Kenya, his father’s homeland, and Ethiopia to discuss security cooperation with states battling Islamist militants in Somalia, democracy and trade with a continent boasting some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Jul 27, 2015

Obama meets Lucy, an ancient ‘ancestor,’ in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Barack Obama came to Africa partially to connect with the continent of his forefathers.

On Monday, he met an ancestor of an altogether different kind: “Lucy,” the 3.2 million-year-old partial skeleton of a hominid discovered in Ethiopia.

Jul 27, 2015

Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump on Monday for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, saying it was damaging to political debate.

Huckabee, one of more than a dozen candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, denounced a deal with world powers over Iran’s nuclear program by saying Obama was marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” a reference to the Nazi gas chambers that killed millions of Jews in the Holocaust.

Jul 27, 2015

Obama says more political openness would strengthen Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told Ethiopia’s leaders on Monday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine.

Obama was speaking after talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the first trip by a U.S. president to Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, which is often criticised for its rights record.

Jul 27, 2015

South Sudan should face extra pressure if misses August peace deadline -Obama

ADDIS ABABA, July 27 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s warring
factions may face further international pressure to end their
conflict if they do not reach a peace deal by Aug. 17, U.S.
President Barack Obama said on Monday.

Obama, in Ethiopia on a two-nation Africa tour, met regional
African leaders on Monday in Addis Ababa to discuss the conflict
that flared in December 2013, pitting troops loyal to President
Salva Kiir against rebels commanded by Riek Machar.

    • 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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