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Intruder gets into White House

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Intruder gets into White House

The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the...

Ebola global security threat: Obama

Ebola global security threat: Obama

President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region...

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

As a US senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, US fighter jets and unmanned drones armed...

US 'sending arms directly' to Kurds

The US government is directly supplying weapons to Kurdish fighters to help them fight Sunni militants, in a deepening of America's military involvement in Iraq, US government sources said yesterday. The supply of weapons to Iraqi Kurdistan comes as Kurdish fighters struggle to stem advances by militants from the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot. The sources said the weapons were supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency but that the Department of Defence may soon start arming the Kurdish fighters, who regained...

Iraq conflict: Obama vows to stop jihadist state

Iraq conflict: Obama vows to stop jihadist state

US President Barack Obama has said he will not allow jihadists to carve out a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq. On Friday, the US began launching air strikes on fighters of the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq. Obama said there would be further air strikes if necessary but no US military operation on...

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

US President Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interests or to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities. However, the president said US troops would be not be sent back to Iraq. The US has already made humanitarian air drops to Iraqis under threat...

Obama warns Israel amid rising Gaza death toll

Obama warns Israel amid rising Gaza death toll

US President Barack Obama has backed Israeli's right to self-defence, but warned against escalation in Gaza. Speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, he underlined his support for Israel's right to defend itself against Palestinian militants. But he said he was "deeply concerned" about civilian losses, with the Palestinian death toll now over 300. UN...

US deploys warship amid Iraq crisis

US deploys warship amid Iraq crisis

The US says it is sending a warship into the Gulf to provide President Obama with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush, which carries dozens of fighter jets, to be moved from the North Arabian Sea. Meanwhile, Iran says it could...

US unveils $1bn Europe security plan

US unveils $1bn Europe security plan

President Barack Obama has announced plans for a $1bn (£600m) fund to increase US military deployments to Europe, during a visit to Poland. Obama, who will meet Nato leaders amid concerns over the Ukraine crisis, said the security of America's European allies was "sacrosanct". In April, 150 US soldiers were sent to Poland for military...

Obama hails 'new era' in US-Malaysia ties

Obama hails 'new era' in US-Malaysia ties

President Barack Obama has said the US and Malaysia are at the start of a "new era of partnership", on the second day of his official visit. Obama was speaking at a state banquet with Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah. He is due to meet Prime Minister Najib Razak later. It is the first...

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