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Feb 24, 2011

Obama breaks silence, condemns Libya crackdown

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Wednesday condemned the “unacceptable” bloodshed in Libya
and said he would work with other countries to hold Muammar
Gaddafi’s government accountable.

In his first public comments on Gaddafi’s efforts to crush
a popular revolt that erupted alongside uprisings elsewhere in
the region, Obama said his administration was looking at “the
full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis.”

Feb 23, 2011

Obama faces pressure to intervene in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pressure mounted on the White House on Tuesday to intervene to stop Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody crackdown on democracy protests as a lawmaker close to President Barack Obama urged oil firms to halt work in Libya.

The United States faced calls to impose sanctions but also to take direct action such as bombing Libyan airfields and imposing no-fly zones — military steps that most analysts consider unlikely. Some critics questioned Obama’s silence on the violence in which hundreds of Libyans have died.

Feb 22, 2011

Stronger U.S. response urged on Libya crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government faced mounting calls for action against Libya on Tuesday as Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces used tanks, helicopters and warplanes to unleash fresh attacks on pro-democracy demonstrators.

But U.S. options to influence events in Libya appear limited, unlike in Egypt and Bahrain where Washington was able to bring pressure to bear on long-time allies to soften their response to popular uprisings.

Feb 19, 2011

Obama speaks to Bahrain’s king, urges restraint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Bahrain’s king on Friday night, urging restraint after the kingdom’s security forces ignored Washington’s earlier call for calm and opened fire on protesters demanding reforms.

Amid unrest across much of the Middle East, U.S. officials have voiced concern about violence in the island nation in talks with the government of Bahrain, which hosts a big U.S. military base and borders Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter.

Feb 19, 2011

Alarmed by Bahrain violence, U.S. appeals to govt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke with Bahrain’s king on Friday night, urging restraint after the kingdom’s security forces ignored Washington’s earlier call for calm and opened fire on protesters demanding reforms.

Amid unrest across much of the Middle East, U.S. officials have voiced concern about violence in the island nation in talks with the government of Bahrain, which hosts a big U.S. military base and borders Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter.

Feb 18, 2011

U.S. alarmed by Bahrain violence, appeals to government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Bahrain on Friday to exercise restraint after the kingdom’s security forces ignored Washington’s earlier call for calm and opened fire on protesters.

Amid unrest across much of the Middle East, U.S. officials have voiced concern about the violence on the island in direct talks with the government of Bahrain, which hosts a major U.S. military presence and borders Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter.

Feb 18, 2011

U.S. alarmed by Bahrain violence, appeals to gov’t

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Bahrain on Friday to exercise restraint after the kingdom’s security forces ignored Washington’s earlier call for calm and opened fire on protesters.

Amid unrest across much of the Middle East, U.S. officials have voiced concern about the violence on the island in direct talks with the government of Bahrain, which hosts a major U.S. military presence and borders Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter.

Jan 27, 2011

Obama touts investment plan on middle America trip

By Ross Colvin

MANITOWOC, Wisc. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed his case on Wednesday for investment to grow the U.S. economy out of its budget woes, a job made tougher by a forecast that the deficit will surge 40 percent this year.

The Congressional Budget Office forecast the U.S. deficit would hit $1.48 trillion this year and the Federal Reserve was downbeat on the prospects for job creation.

Jan 26, 2011

Obama takes fiscal balancing act to heartland

By Ross Colvin

MANITOWOC, Wisc. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday took to America’s heartland his two-pronged agenda of investing and innovating to create U.S. jobs and spur economic growth while reining in spending, a recipe Republicans say is unworkable.

Underlining the enormity of the task, the Congressional Budget Office — the day after Obama’s televised State of the Union address — said the U.S. deficit will reach $1.48 trillion this year, 40 percent higher than its previous forecast, due to the extension of tax cuts first put in place under former President George W. Bush.

Dec 30, 2010

Harsh U.S. words for Russia, but little impact on ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States suggested on Thursday the sentencing of a former Russian tycoon to six more years in prison was an abuse of justice, and a senior U.S. official said it may impede Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization.

Despite the harsh U.S. words, analysts said the treatment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his co-defendant Platon Lebedev was unlikely to undercut the White House effort to work with the Kremlin where it can on strategic and security issues.