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Migrant youths without claims will be sent home: Obama

Migrant youths without claims will be sent home: Obama

President Barack Obama has told Central American leaders that migrant children flooding into the US without legitimate legal claims will be sent home. The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador met Mr Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss the crisis at the US southern border. More than 50,000 children, many unaccompanied,...

Israel's Ongoing Attack on Gaza

Protests turn angrier in Bangladesh

Protests turn angrier in Bangladesh

Protests against Israel's attack on Gaza have intensified across the country with people calling out to the global community to intervene immediately to end what they term genocide by Israeli military. A cross-section of people in different parts of the country yesterday protested the attack, and called for an immediate end to the atrocities. Denouncing...

Gaza death toll 105

Gaza death toll 105

Israel's aerial bombardment of Gaza claimed its 105th Palestinian life yesterday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered to help broker a truce. Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants gathered pace, with US President Barack Obama phoning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "The United States remains prepared...

Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq: Pentagon

Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq: Pentagon

The US has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect US troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security, the Pentagon said. The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance. US begins drone flights over Iraq. 4pET: http://t.co/1y6ik1hZVb...

How Maliki fell out of favour with US

How Maliki fell out of favour with US

In October 2011, Barack Obama and his national security committee sat down for the most important conference call they had held on Iraq. On the videolink from Baghdad was Nouri al-Maliki, a man whom the US had backed as a second-term leader a year earlier, writes theguardian.com. Folders and briefing pads were piled in...

Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action

Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action

US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says. Senator Mitch Mc McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress. Iraq has asked for US air strikes against advancing Sunni militants. Meanwhile US Vice-President Biden...

Militants seize Iraqi city Tal Afar

Militants seize Iraqi city Tal Afar

Sunni militants have seized the northern Iraqi buffer city of Tal Afar, officials and residents say. Militants led by ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - captured key cities including Mosul and Tikrit last week, but some towns were retaken. Fighting in Tal Afar began on Sunday, with mortar shelling of...

Iran 'ready to help Iraq'

Iran 'ready to help Iraq'

Iran is ready to assist the Iraqi government in its battle against extremist Sunni Islamists, President Hassan Rouhani has said. But he denied Iran had sent troops into Iraq to help bolster Iraqi government forces' defences. The insurgents - from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) - have seized the cities of...

President Obama's new war

AFTER withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2012 and planning to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, President Barack Obama declared a new war, not against any enemy country, but against carbon emission within his own country. He claimed that fighting climate change was every bit as important to America's national security as stopping terrorism or stopping countries from obtaining nuclear weapons. He proposed cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from power plants by an average 30%...

POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Finally Obama gets serious on climate change

Finally Obama gets serious on climate change

PRESIDENT Obama's declaration today on limiting emissions of Carbon Dioxide by a third from coal fired power plants in the US is a major step in the right direction and marks the tipping point in US engagement in tackling the global problem of climate change. It is not that the amount of emission reductions thus achieved are particularly large compared to the scale of the problem, but rather that President Obama has finally decided to put his political capital behind this issue, which is arguably the most important and far reaching one that his generation of leaders will have to face. The point that he seems to have finally understood...

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