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Jun 25, 2013

Obama takes on power plants, Keystone as part of climate plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama launched a new plan to tackle climate change on Tuesday with a call to limit carbon pollution from all U.S. power plants and a signal that he would block a proposed pipeline from Canada if it boosted greenhouse gas emissions.

Obama’s long-awaited plan, detailed in a speech at Georgetown University, drew sharp criticism from the coal industry, which would be hit hard by carbon limits, and Republicans, who accused the Democratic president of advancing policies that harm the economy.

Jun 25, 2013

Obama takes on power plant emissions as part of climate plan

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
attempt to kick-start a global climate agenda on Tuesday with
proposals including a plan to limit carbon emissions from
existing U.S. power plants that is sure to face opposition from
the coal industry, many business groups and Republican
lawmakers.

Obama, whose first-term attempt to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions through a “cap and trade” system was thwarted by
Congress, promised in his second inaugural address to tackle the
issue again.

Jun 24, 2013

White House presses Russia to expel Snowden; sharp words for China

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – The White House pressed
Russia on Monday to exercise all options to expel Edward Snowden
and slammed China for allowing the former U.S. spy agency
contractor who disclosed government surveillance secrets to
leave Hong Kong.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters it was the
U.S. assumption that Snowden was still in Russia and he
dismissed suggestions that the decision to allow Snowden to
depart Hong Kong was a technical one.

Jun 19, 2013

Obama challenges Russia to agree to deeper nuclear weapon cuts

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama used a speech in Berlin on Wednesday to call on Russia to revive the push for a world without nuclear arms by agreeing to target further reductions of up to one third of deployed nuclear weapons.

Speaking in Berlin where John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan gave rousing Cold War speeches, Obama urged Russia to help build on the “New START” treaty that requires both countries to cut stockpiles of deployed nuclear weapons to 1,550 each by 2018.

Jun 19, 2013

Obama turns JFK’s Berlin speech into new call for freedom

BERLIN (Reuters) – President Barack Obama offered a new twist on Wednesday to John F. Kennedy’s historic 1963 call for liberty — “Ich bin ein Berliner” — by saying other oppressed people eager to join the free world were also “citizens of Berlin.”

Just days before Berlin marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s clarion call for freedom, Obama opted to use that stirring Cold War speech as a forward-looking invitation for the world to do more to fight for liberty.

Jun 19, 2013

Afghans must talk to each other for peace – Obama

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Afghans must talk to each other to resolve the conflict in their country even though huge mistrust exists between the government and its Taliban foes.

Obama was speaking in Berlin a day after the United States said it would begin talks with the Taliban on Thursday to try to seek a negotiated peace to 12 years of war – a move that has deeply upset President Hamid Karzai’s U.S.-backed government.

Jun 19, 2013

Afghans must talk to each other for peace, Obama says

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Afghans must talk to each other to resolve the conflict in their country even though huge mistrust exists between the government and its Taliban foes.

Obama was speaking in Berlin a day after the United States said it would begin talks with the Taliban on Thursday to try to seek a negotiated peace to 12 years of war – a move that has deeply upset President Hamid Karzai’s U.S.-backed government.

Jun 19, 2013

Obama to set nuclear arms cut goal in Berlin speech

BERLIN (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will unveil plans for a sharp reduction in nuclear warheads in a landmark speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday that comes 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared “Ich bin ein Berliner” in a defiant Cold War address.

A senior U.S. administration official said Obama, on his first visit to the German capital as president, would signal his desire to cut deployed atomic weapons by up to one third below the level achieved in the last “New START” treaty with Russia.

Jun 19, 2013

Obama to set new goals to cut nuclear weapons: senior official

BERLIN (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will say on Wednesday he will pursue a new reduction in deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third below the level achieved in the “New START” treaty with Russia, a senior administration official said.

“The President will also articulate the goal of reducing U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, pledging to work with NATO allies to develop proposals that can be explored with Russia to achieve this goal,” the official said.

Jun 18, 2013

At G8, U.S. pledges to keep pressing for shell company laws

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – The United States pledged on Tuesday to keep on pressing for legislation to cut down on the criminal use of shell companies but did not take firmer action for now as part of a Group of Eight push to tighten rules on tax evasion and money laundering.

A frequent critic of tax havens, the United States has come under fire from campaigners for the low transparency requirements around ownership of corporate entities registered in some U.S. states such as Delaware.

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