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May 18, 2012

G8 leaders look to head off euro zone crisis

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – Leaders of major industrial
economies meet this weekend to try to head off a full-blown
crisis in Europe where fears are growing that Greece could leave
the euro zone bloc, threatening the future of the common
currency.

President Barack Obama, the G8 host, has urged European
leaders repeatedly to do more to stimulate growth, fearing
contagion from the euro crisis that could hurt the U.S. economy
and his chances of re-election in November.

May 18, 2012

Obama, Hollande to press euro crisis remedies at G8

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to cement a bond with France’s new leader at the White House on Friday before heading to Camp David for a G8 summit where he is set to press Europe to do more to fix the region’s deepening economic crisis.

Francois Hollande, sworn in this week as French president, has already made waves by challenging Europe’s austerity focus and saying he will pull French combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

May 10, 2012

Insight: Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – Shortly after sending U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W. Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to the United States’ mission there.

More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter of the parliament’s seats are reserved for women who at least on paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men.

May 10, 2012

Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

WASHINGTON/KABUL, May 10 (Reuters) – Shortly after sending
U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W.
Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the
shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to
the United States’ mission there.

More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama
charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in
school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter
of the parliament’s seats are reserved for women who at least on
paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men.

May 7, 2012

Biden ‘absolutely comfortable’ with gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday he was “absolutely comfortable” with allowing same-sex couples to marry, staking out a position on a hot-button social issue that appeared to differ from that of his boss, President Barack Obama.

In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Biden was pressed on whether the Obama administration would seek to legalize gay marriage in a second White House term. He said he personally was open to the change.

May 6, 2012

U.S. VP Biden says Chen’s future is in United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday the United States was ready to give blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng a visa “right away” and warned Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney would be weak on the international stage.

In a wide-ranging interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Biden also signaled he was open to legalizing gay marriage and said Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Clinton has not decided whether to seek the presidency again in 2016.

May 6, 2012

Biden says Chen’s future is in United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday the United States was ready to give blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng a visa “right away” and warned Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney would be weak on the international stage.

In a wide-ranging interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Biden also signaled he was open to legalizing gay marriage and said Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Clinton has not decided whether to seek the presidency again in 2016.

Apr 30, 2012

Obama declines to discuss Chinese dissident’s case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday ducked a question about a Chinese dissident believed to be under U.S. protection in Beijing but said China will be stronger if it improves its human rights record.

At a news conference, Obama appeared to be walking a fine line between not saying anything to make it harder to resolve Chen Guangcheng’s case while conveying U.S. respect for human rights and U.S. appreciation for wider cooperation with China.

Apr 30, 2012

Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together, stress economy

MCLEAN, Virginia (Reuters) – Former U.S. president Bill Clinton campaigned alongside Barack Obama for the first time in the 2012 race on Sunday, making an impassioned appeal to re-elect the White House incumbent and helping his fellow Democrat raise more than $2 million.

A white-haired and noticeably svelte Clinton, 65, pounded the podium with his fingers and palms and gestured vividly while addressing about 500 Obama supporters outside the Virginia home of his friend and Democratic advisor Terry McAuliffe.

Apr 23, 2012

Obama seeks to stop Syria, Iran tech assault on activists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled sanctions on Monday against those who help Syria and Iran track dissidents through cell phones and computers and said he would keep adding pressure on both governments to prevent mass atrocities.

In a sombre speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Obama said Damascus and Tehran were monitoring the social media tools that allowed democracy campaigners to organize rallies in the Middle East to plot attacks against opposition groups.

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      "Laura MacInnis covers the White House for Reuters. She previously spent five years in Switzerland reporting on diplomacy, banking and energy trading, and before that covered U.S. economic and regulatory issues as a Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission reporter in Washington."
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