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Obama urges 'credible' Myanmar vote

Obama urges 'credible' Myanmar vote

US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" process when Myanmar holds general elections next year. The comments were made in telephone talks with Myanmar's President Thein Sein, the White House said. Obama also urged the president to work to bring peace to Rakhine, the state where violence erupted in 2012. The opposition...

Obama's credit card 'declined'

Obama's credit card 'declined'

President Barack Obama's credit card was declined at a restaurant in New York City last month, he said. "It turned out I guess I don't use it enough," Obama said. "They thought there was some fraud going on." Fortunately, he said, First Lady Michelle Obama had a credit card on hand and paid for the...

Coalition against IS hobbled by splits, inadequate resources

Coalition against IS hobbled by splits, inadequate resources

The gathering on October 14 at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, DC, of top military brass from 22 countries in the American-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) had two main aims. The first was to work out how to integrate the effort of each into something that looks like a strategy. The...

Ebola outbreak risk in US very low: Obama

Ebola outbreak risk in US very low: Obama

US President Barack Obama has played down the chance of an Ebola outbreak in the US, after a second nurse became infected caring for a patient. He said the risk of Americans getting the virus was "extremely low" but more needed to be done to help West Africa. Amber Vinson, 29, fell ill on Tuesday,...

Nobel Peace Prize choice a victory for human dignity: Obama

Nobel Peace Prize choice a victory for human dignity: Obama

US President Barack Obama congratulated Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, calling it a victory for those who uphold human dignity. "Today's announcement is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being," Obama,...

Obama, Modi talk infrastructure connectivity, terrorism

Obama, Modi talk infrastructure connectivity, terrorism

Infrastructure connectivity and terrorism in South Asia figured high when US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time in Washington yesterday. Both Obama and Modi emphasised the need to accelerate infrastructure connectivity and economic development corridors for regional economic integration linking South, Southeast, and Central Asia, a...

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

A third video has appeared featuring British hostage John Cantlie who is being held by Islamic State militants. The journalist delivers a scripted message responding to US President Barack Obama's recent speech on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The script mocks the US's strategy of employing air power combined with local ground forces. Cantile appears sat at a desk against a black backdrop, following the same format as in previous videos. Further messages The message ends with a comment by him that Islamic State (IS) says it welcomes meeting with what is described as President Obama's under-construction army.

Obama, Modi vow to boost ties, create world model

Obama, Modi vow to boost ties, create world model

US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world. In a joint "vision statement" issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner, the two leaders said they would...

Hillary Clinton focuses on policy, not personal issues

Hillary Clinton focuses on policy, not personal issues

When he first ran for president, Barack Obama's themes were "hope" and "change." Hillary Clinton, appearing at a conference last week, trumpeted what she called "evidence-based optimism." With this approach, Hillary is bringing to policy debates ahead of the 2016 presidential contest. That isn't a phrase that lends itself to a campaign slogan, but...

West Africa Ebola deaths pass 3,000: WHO

West Africa Ebola deaths pass 3,000: WHO

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The latest figures indicate that more than 6,500 people are believed to have been infected in the region. Liberia is the worst affected country, having recorded around 1,830 deaths linked to the latest outbreak. The outbreak is...

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