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Oct 6, 2014

U.S. and airlines consider new screenings for Ebola, no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Federal officials and
airlines are discussing whether U.S. airports should screen
passengers to identify people who might have Ebola, but the
White House on Monday said a ban on travel from West African
countries would slow the fight against the virus.

“What we’re looking to do is review these screening
measures,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at
a daily briefing. But officials did not want to
impede transport systems used to send supplies and personnel to
West Africa to fight Ebola, he said.

Oct 2, 2014

Chaotic scene outside White House a challenge for Secret Service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If James McGinley had his way, he would take his message around the world, but he does not have the money and instead is sitting cross-legged in Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House with the words “Wage Love” tattooed across his face.

McGinley, a well-spoken man, is trying to talk over the piercing din of a man shouting into a bullhorn, as tourists on Segways whiz by and Secret Service guards push people off of Pennsylvania Avenue for some unknown security reason.

Oct 1, 2014

U.S. Secret Service director resigns under fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.

Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him.

Oct 1, 2014

Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that showed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.

Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before he was stopped.

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.

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