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Jun 18, 2013

Obama, Putin to sign new deal on reducing nuclear threat

INNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they would sign an agreement on securing and destroying nuclear material to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, replacing a 1992 deal that expired on Monday.

Obama and Putin met privately at the G8 summit to talk about pressing security issues and agreed to work together to protect, control and account for nuclear weapons.

Jun 18, 2013

Obama pledges more humanitarian aid for Syrians, refugees

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama announced more than $300 million in new humanitarian aid on Monday to address the Syrian crisis and to help neighboring countries cope with the 1.6 million refugees who have fled the civil war.

Obama announced the aid for food, medical equipment, water and shelter during a dinner with leaders of the G8 nations, which spent time addressing how best to end the two-year civil war.

Jun 17, 2013

West rebukes Putin over Syria at G8 summit

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Western leaders rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s attempt to crush a two-year-old uprising, setting the stage for a tense G8 summit of the world’s most powerful nations.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to use his first face-to-face meeting with Putin in a year to try to persuade the Kremlin chief to bring Assad to the negotiating table to end a conflict in which at least 93,000 people have been killed.

Jun 17, 2013

West rebukes Putin over Syria before G8 meeting

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Western leaders rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad attempt to crush a two-year-old uprising, setting the stage for a tense G8 summit of the world’s most powerful nations.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to use his first face-to-face meeting with Putin in a year to try to persuade the Kremlin chief to bring Assad to the negotiating table to end a conflict in which at least 93,000 people have been killed.

Jun 17, 2013

EU, U.S. leaders launch free-trade talks

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17 (Reuters) – The
United States and the European Union launched negotiations for
the world’s most ambitious free-trade deal on Monday, promising
thousands of new jobs and accelerated growth on both sides of
the Atlantic.

Trade between Europe and the United States is worth almost
$3 billion a day and a pact could boost both the EU and U.S.
economies by more than $100 billion a year each – an attractive
prospect after the devastating impact of Europe’s debt crisis.

Jun 17, 2013

Obama urges youth to make Northern Ireland peace permanent

BELFAST (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday urged young people in Northern Ireland to finish making “permanent peace” and set an example to other parts of the world stricken by religious conflict, violence and war.

Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, stopped in Belfast before leaving for the G8 summit, which is being held at a secluded lakeside hotel not far from the site of one of the worst killings in the province’s conflict.

Jun 16, 2013

N.Korea wants to hold high-level talks with U.S

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday offered high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the White House said that any talks must involve Pyongyang taking action to show it is moving toward scrapping its nuclear weapons.

The offer came only days after North Korea abruptly canceled planned official talks with South Korea, the first planned talks in more two years. The North blamed the South for scuttling discussions that sought to mend estranged ties between the rival Koreas.

Jun 16, 2013

North Korea wants to hold high-level talks with U.S.

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday offered high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the White House said that any talks must involve Pyongyang taking action to show it is moving toward scrapping its nuclear weapons.

The offer came only days after North Korea abruptly canceled planned official talks with South Korea, the first planned talks in more two years. The North blamed the South for scuttling discussions that sought to mend estranged ties between the rival Koreas.

Jun 14, 2013

Obama, Putin face difficult talks on Syria at G8 conference

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After authorizing for the first time supplying U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels, President Barack Obama will face difficult talks next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an important ally of Syria’s government, on ways to end the civil war there.

Obama on Monday is set to hold his first private, face-to-face meeting with Putin in a year at the G8 conference in Northern Ireland, the White House said on Friday.

Jun 14, 2013

Obama wants government to free up more wireless spectrum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is directing federal agencies to look for ways to eventually share more of their radio airwaves with the private sector as the growing use of smartphones and tablets ratchets up the demand for spectrum, according to a memo released on Friday.

With blocks of spectrum reserved by dozens of government agencies for national defense, law enforcement, weather forecasting and other purposes, wireless carriers and Internet providers are urging that more spectrum be opened up for commercial use.

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