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Sep 30, 2014

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked to deepen improving ties between their countries on Tuesday, but emerged from their second meeting in two days with little in the way of major agreements.

Obama and Modi, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, said they had discussed a wide range of topics – from trade to space exploration to climate change to the Islamic State threat in the Middle East.

Sep 24, 2014

‘Too many Israelis’ ready to give up on peace, Obama laments

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama lamented on Wednesday that “too many Israelis” were ready to abandon Middle East peace efforts and urged them to reflect on the matter, saying the status quo with the Palestinians was unsustainable.

As part of a broader speech to the United Nations Assembly, Obama appeared to gently chide close U.S. ally Israel against giving up on peace a week before he hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Sep 24, 2014

In U.N. speech, Obama warns Islamic militants to leave battlefield

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used his annual speech to the United Nations on Wednesday to warn Islamic State fighters to “leave the battlefield while they can” and asked the world to back a U.S.-led campaign against the militants in Iraq and Syria.

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Obama said Islamic State must be destroyed, as British Prime Minister David Cameron weighed whether his country would join the military drive that includes U.S. Arab allies.

Sep 24, 2014

Obama vows to keep up military pressure on Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations on Wednesday to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to “leave the battlefield while they can.”

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Obama said Islamic State must be destroyed and issued a global call for nations to come together to join a U.S.-led coalition. Before he spoke, U.S.-led airstrikes for the third time this week pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 23, 2014

Analysis – Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humour? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 22, 2014

FBI watching some Americans who returned from Syria conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the 100 Americans who went to Syria and Iraq to join up with radical groups like Islamic State have returned to the United States, U.S. officials said on Monday, amid fears that such foreign fighters could pose a security threat at home.

The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly this week, did not provide a specific number of Americans who had returned.

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. won’t telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations.

At a White House briefing, national security adviser Susan Rice was vague as to when the new air campaign might begin in Syria, and whether Obama would in fact sign off on any final attack plan developed by the Pentagon.

Sep 18, 2014

Ukraine president secures U.S. military aid but not weapons

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Ukraine President Petro
Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United
States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned
down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed
separatists.

Images of Poroshenko sitting side by side with Obama in the
Oval Office and of the warm reception he received in a speech to
Congress projected a symbolic show of solidarity with the
Ukraine leader as he faces down Russia’s incursion.

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. giving $53 million in new aid for Ukraine’s struggle with Russian incursion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine on Thursday for its struggle against Russia’s incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

Senior Obama administration officials said the new assistance would include $46 million to bolster Ukraine’s security in its conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and $7 million in humanitarian aid.

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