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Jan 26, 2015

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the “untapped potential” of a business and strategic partnership between the world’s largest democracies.

Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama was the first U.S. president to attend India’s annual Republic Day parade, a show of military might that has been associated with Cold War anti-Americanism.

Jan 26, 2015

Small drone lands on White House grounds; no danger seen

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service
recovered a small drone known as a “quad copter” on the grounds
of the White House early on Monday, but there was no immediate
danger from the incident, the White House said.

The device, approximately two feet (61 cm) in diameter, was
spotted flying at a low altitude at 3:08 am EST (0808 GMT)
before it crashed on the southeast side of White House grounds,
Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said in a statement.

Jan 26, 2015

Obama, new Saudi king to discuss Yemen, Islamic State – White House

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Saudi Arabia King Salman are expected to discuss shared concerns about the turmoil in Yemen and the fight against Islamic State militants during their first formal meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, the White House said.

Cutting short a visit to India, Obama is leading a U.S. delegation to the Saudi capital to offer condolences after the death of King Abdullah, Salman’s brother and a close ally of the United States.

Jan 26, 2015

U.S. sees role for India in battle against Islamic State

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – India could play a role in
battling Islamic State, the White House said on Monday during a
visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama, underlining
Washington’s confidence that India is increasingly prepared to
engage on global security issues.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said
India’s involvement could focus on intelligence on the flow of
money and militants to the radical Islamist group active in
Syria and Iraq rather than deploying troops on the ground.

Jan 25, 2015

Obama defends U.S. counter-terrorism strategy in Yemen

NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Sunday defended his administration’s drone-based
counter-terrorism strategy against al Qaeda militants in Yemen,
saying the alternative would be to deploy U.S. troops, which was
not sustainable.

“It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best
option that we have,” Obama told reporters at a news conference
in New Delhi.

Jan 25, 2015

Bear hug with Modi gets Obama’s India trip off to warm start

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug U.S. President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi on Sunday.

Obama’s visit is a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner and he will seek to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

An Israeli official said Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has often been tense, was looking into the possibility of meeting with Obama when he comes to Washington to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron vow to take on ‘poisonous ideology’ of radical Islam

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to take on “the
poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence
agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite
privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid
increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by
extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and
Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama warns Congress more sanctions against Iran could lead to war

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned U.S. lawmakers
on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its
nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks
and potentially lead to war.

In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and
Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on
any legislation calling for further sanctions now.

Jan 15, 2015

Exclusive: White House says net neutrality legislation not needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called “net neutrality” rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.

Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.

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