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Apr 23, 2012

Obama seeks to curb Iran, Syria dissident monitoring

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
will announce sanctions on Monday on those helping Syria and
Iran acquire technology that lets them target dissidents through
their cell phone and Internet use.

Social media tools that allowed democracy campaigners to
organize rallies across the Middle East and North Africa are
being monitored by Tehran and Damascus to “facilitate serious
human rights abuses,” an administration official said.

Apr 18, 2012

Of silver spoons and Greek columns: Obama, Romney clash

ELYRIA, Ohio/CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama launched a new effort to woo Hispanics and took a swipe at Republican Mitt Romney’s “silver spoon” background on Wednesday as the two presidential rivals laid out sharply different economic visions to win over U.S. voters.

Obama, a Democrat, and Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, outlined the weaknesses they saw in each other’s economic plans in dueling speeches in Ohio and North Carolina.

Apr 16, 2012

U.S. says Colombia trade deal kicks off in May

CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, far earlier than expected, as a result of what the Obama administration called “historic” progress for Colombian worker protections and human rights.

The announcement came during the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, where President Barack Obama has been meeting regional political and business leaders including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to push for greater access for U.S. exports.

Apr 16, 2012

Obama wants rigorous inquiry in prostitution scandal

CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Sunday the Secret Service would fully investigate reports that agents assigned to protect him in Colombia were caught with prostitutes, saying he would be angry if the allegations proved true.

Obama, who spent three days in the South American country attending the Summit of the Americas, said he expected the agents and military personnel in his entourage to behave with “the utmost dignity and probity” while overseas.

Apr 15, 2012

Obama says more Iran sanctions coming if talks drag

CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said there would be more sanctions imposed on Iran if there is no breakthrough in nuclear talks with global powers in the coming months, responding to Israeli accusations that Tehran has been given a “freebie.”

At a news conference in Cartagena, Colombia, where he was attending the Summit of the Americas, Obama said negotiations between Iran and six world powers that resumed on Saturday would not stretch on indefinitely and would require Iran to act.

Apr 15, 2012

U.S. says Colombia trade deal to take effect in May

CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, far earlier than expected, as a result of what the Obama administration called “historic” progress for Colombian worker protections and human rights.

The announcement came during the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, where President Barack Obama has been meeting regional political and business leaders including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to push for greater access for U.S. exports.

Apr 15, 2012

Scandal mars Obama’s wooing of Latin America

CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 14 (Reuters) – A prostitution
scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia threatened
on Saturday to eclipse President Barack Obama’s charm offensive
to Latin America.

In a major embarrassment for the United States at the Summit
of the Americas attended by more than 30 heads of state, 11 U.S.
Secret Service agents were sent home and five military
servicemen grounded over “misconduct” allegations in a hotel.

Apr 14, 2012

Obama seeks to woo Latin America, scandal mars trip

CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama tried on Saturday to convince sceptical Latin Americans that Washington had not turned its back on them – but a prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel marred the charm offensive.

Despite the host of weighty topics at the two-day Summit of the Americas in Colombia, corridor chatter revolved around a murky incident in a Cartagena hotel that led to U.S. Secret Service agents being sent home and five U.S. military members grounded.

Apr 14, 2012

Obama takes campaign to Latin America, slams Romney

CARTAGENA, Colombia April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama, taking his re-election campaign south of the U.S.
border, promised on Sa turday to pursue long-promised immigration
reform early in a second term and slammed his White House rival
Mitt Romney’s stance on the issue as “troublesome.”

Obama is spending the weekend in Cartagena, Colombia,
meeting with Latin American political and business leaders in a
bid to strengthen economic ties with the region and convince
Hispanic voters back home he cares about the region.

Apr 14, 2012

Obama tries to woo Latin America, agents embarrass U.S.

CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama tried o n S aturday to convince skeptical Latin
Americans that Washington has not turned its back on them, but
ruled out a drug policy U-turn that some in the region want.

Despite a host of weighty topics at the two-day Summit of
the Americas in Colombia, much of the corridor chatter revolved
around a scandal involving some of Obama’s secret service agents
sent home from Colombia for “misconduct.”

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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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