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Jun 10, 2013

U.S. holds high-level meetings on Syria, including on arming rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could decide as early as this week whether to arm Syrian rebels, U.S. officials said on Monday, as Secretary of State John Kerry put off a Middle East trip to attend meetings on the subject.

The meetings are taking place as the battlefield has tilted against the rebels in the Syrian civil war as Lebanese Hezbollah has entered the fray on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, helping his forces retake the strategic town of Qusair last week.

Jun 10, 2013

U.S. to weigh arming Syrian rebels, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could make a decision as early as this week on whether to arm Syrian rebels, U.S. officials said on Monday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put off a Middle East trip to attend meetings on the subject.

However, the U.S. government has debated for months whether to provide weaponry to the rebels in their civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and has so far decided against.

Jun 10, 2013

Obama to name Furman as chief economist

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Monday will nominate longtime adviser Jason Furman to be his new
chief White House economist, an administration official said.

Furman, who will replace economist Alan Krueger as chair of
the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), has a
Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and has advised Obama
since his 2008 election campaign.

Jun 9, 2013

Obama confronts Xi on cyber theft

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama confronted Chinese President Xi Jinping over allegations of cyber theft on Saturday but they agreed at a shirtsleeves summit in the California desert on reining in North Korea.

The two leaders debated how to handle China’s growth as a world power more than 40 years after President Richard Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to Mao Zedong’s Communist China in 1972 ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing.

Jun 9, 2013

Obama confronts Xi on cyber theft, affinity found on North Korea

, June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama confronted Chinese President Xi Jinping over
allegations of cyber theft on Saturday but they agreed at a
shirtsleeves summit in the California desert on reining in North
Korea.

The two leaders debated how to handle China’s growth as a
world power more than 40 years after President Richard Nixon’s
groundbreaking visit to Mao Zedong’s Communist China in 1972
ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing.

Jun 9, 2013

Obama and Xi agree on North Korea, discuss cybersecurity at summit

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on Saturday to apply more pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, during a two-day summit where Obama aired U.S. complaints that China is engaging in cyber theft.

Obama and Xi had wide-ranging talks at a get-to-know-you visit that included an extensive discussion of how to rein in North Korea, whose belligerent rhetoric in recent months has rattled the Asia-Pacific region as well as the United States.

Jun 8, 2013

Obama, Xi latest leaders to escape to California desert retreat

, June 8 (Reuters) – Frank Sinatra
married his fourth wife here, Richard Nixon visited to nurse his
wounds after resigning the presidency, and now the names of
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping are added to the long list of
celebrities and political leaders who have trekked to this
desert getaway.

The late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg
intended their Sunnylands sanctuary to be something of a “Camp
David of the West,” a reference to the presidential retreat
tucked away in the Maryland mountains near Washington.

Jun 8, 2013

Hard issues on table at Obama, Xi “informal” summit

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping launched straight into discussing thorny issues at an informal summit and may delve deeper when they meet again on Saturday.

The two-day meeting at a desert retreat near Palm Springs, California, was meant to be an opportunity for Obama and Xi to get to know each other, Chinese and U.S. officials have said, and to inject some warmth into often chilly relations while setting the stage for better cooperation.

Jun 8, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets Xi

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about suspected Chinese cyber hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 8, 2013

Obama defends surveillance effort as ‘trade-off’ for security

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans’ phone and internet activity, calling it a “modest encroachment” on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program is about,” Obama told reporters during a visit to California’s Silicon Valley. He emphasized that the secret surveillance programs were supervised by federal judges and authorized by Congress, which had been briefed on the details.

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