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Jul 27, 2015

Obama in Ethiopia on Africa tour to boost security, other ties

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Barack Obama met the Ethiopian prime minister on Monday on the first visit by a serving U.S. president to a nation with one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa but which has often been criticized for its rights record.

Talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn are expected focus on security and the threat of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia. Obama, who arrived from Kenya on Sunday, also wants to boost business ties with Africa.

Jul 26, 2015

Obama to discuss a ‘Plan B’ for South Sudan ahead of August deadline

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will discuss a “Plan B” for South Sudan with African leaders on Monday that could include sanctions or other penalties if the country’s warring parties do not forge a peace deal by mid-August, a U.S. official said.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as Obama traveled to Ethiopia from Kenya, the official said Monday’s meeting was not expected to lead to a breakthrough to halt the country’s civil war, which has raged since December 2013.

Jul 26, 2015

Obama tells Kenyans they can succeed, sees challenges

NAIROBI, July 26 (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on
Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland
that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they
had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion
based on gender or ethnicity.

After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru
Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports
hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own
experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.

Jul 26, 2015

Obama tells Kenyans he wants them to succeed, sees challenges

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion based on gender or ethnicity.

After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.

Jul 25, 2015

Obama in Kenya says gays need equality, draws African criticism

NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Africans on Saturday that discriminating against gays was
like treating people differently because of race, drawing
criticism from anti-gay activists who said he was imposing his
morality on the continent.

The comments in Kenya by Obama, whose father was Kenyan and
who Africans claim as their son, exposed the divide on gay
rights between Western states and religiously conservative
Africa where many states ban homosexual relations.

Jul 25, 2015

Obama says entrepreneurs in Africa can give hope, deliver growth

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption.

Obama was addressing a Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the start of the first presidential visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland and the biggest economy in east Africa, which has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.

Jul 25, 2015

Obama dines with Kenyan family after arriving in father’s homeland

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama dined with his step grandmother, his sister and other extended family members after arriving in Kenya for his first presidential visit to his father’s homeland on Friday.

Obama’s plane, Air Force One, landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs in Africa before travelling on to Ethiopia.

Jul 24, 2015

Obama in Kenya for first presidential trip to father’s homeland

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama flew into Kenya late on Friday for his first presidential visit to his father’s homeland, aiming to boost trade and security ties.

Obama’s Air Force One plane landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs in Africa before traveling on to Ethiopia.

Jul 24, 2015

Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father’s homeland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father’s homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. He traveled to Kenya as a U.S. senator but has not gone since winning the White House.

Jul 23, 2015

Obama returns to father’s homeland with history, security on his mind

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will land in Kenya on Friday with a mission to strengthen U.S. security and economic ties, but his personal connection to his father’s birthplace will dominate a trip that Kenyans view as a native son returning home.

Kenya is a critical Western ally in the battle against the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, which massacred 148 people in April at a Kenyan university near the Somali border. Obama is likely to focus talks in Nairobi on security cooperation.

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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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