WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits.
Mueller’s family received an email and photograph over the weekend from her captors that enabled American intelligence to determine that she had been killed, U.S. officials said.
WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set
to announce on Wednesday that he will bring back nearly all of
the 1,300 U.S. troops deployed in West Africa to fight the Ebola
epidemic by April 30, the White House said late on Tuesday.
Obama, who was excoriated last fall for a slow start to his
Ebola outbreak response, will hold a White House event to
showcase how U.S. leadership helped stem the epidemic, which has
killed almost 9,000 people, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
released an updated national security strategy on Friday
committing the United States to a leading world role while also
highlighting a cautious foreign policy doctrine that has been
shorthanded as “don’t do stupid stuff.”
In a 29-page memo to Congress required under law that will
be closely parsed by foreign policy experts and Obama’s
Republican critics, the White House broadly outlined Obama’s
foreign policy priorities for the rest of his time in office.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is slated to release President Barack Obama’s national security strategy on Friday, giving a broad outline for how he views his foreign policy priorities for the rest of his time in office.
The release of the document, followed by a speech from Obama’s top national security adviser, Susan Rice, will be closely parsed by foreign policy experts and the Republican-controlled Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is working with a Republican congressman on the U.S. House of Representatives’ leadership team and Democrats in both the House and Senate on a bill to protect data collected from students through educational apps.
The legislation, aimed at ensuring kids’ data is used only for educational and legitimate research purposes, is the first of President Barack Obama’s “Big Data” privacy plans to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is working with bipartisan sponsors on a bill to protect data collected from students through educational apps – the first of President Barack Obama’s “Big Data” privacy plans to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Congress.
Obama has pushed to do more to protect privacy in an age when consumers leave a trail of digital footprints through smart phones, personal devices and social media – information that can be collected, analyzed and sold.
RIYADH Jan 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama arrived in
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay U.S. respects after the death of
King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a
U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to
Obama’s visit comes as Washington struggles with worsening
strife in the Middle East and counts Saudi Arabia among its few
steady partners in a campaign against Islamic State militants
who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India’s most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities.
Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely “profess, practice and propagate” religion.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will fly a 30-member delegation, including top officials and Republican foreign policy veterans, to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman as the crisis in neighboring Yemen continues to boil.
The unscheduled trip to pay respects following the death last week of King Abdullah underscores a strengthening U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security.
NEW DELHI/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small drone known as a “quad copter” crashed on the grounds of the White House in the early hours of Monday but the drone did not appear to be dangerous, a White House spokesman said.
A government employee told the U.S. Secret Service that he was flying the unmanned aircraft recreationally before he lost control and accidentally breached the secure perimeter of the presidential mansion, The New York Times reported.