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Climate deal vital, Obama tells G20

Climate deal vital, Obama tells G20

Barack Obama has stared down both Republican hostility at home and the reluctance of his Australian G20 hosts to insist that the world can clinch a new climate change deal next year. The president used a speech on the sidelines of the G20 in Brisbane, Australia, to confirm what was revealed by the Guardian...

Obama defends immigration pledge

Obama defends immigration pledge

US President Barack Obama has defended plans to use his overriding executive powers to push through changes to the nation's immigration system. He said Congress had been given ample opportunity to come up with its own plan but had failed to act. His remarks follow reports in the New York Times and Fox News that...

Obama to pledge $2.5bn for climate

Obama to pledge $2.5bn for climate

Barack Obama will make a substantial pledge to a fund to help poor countries fight climate change, only days after his historic carbon pollution deal with China. In a one-two punch, America plans to pledge at least $2.5bn and as much as $3bn over the next four years to help poor countries invest in...

US cameraman in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola

US cameraman in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola

A cameraman working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and is to be flown home to the US for treatment. The 33-year-old freelancer has been working in the country for three years for a number of media outlets, most recently NBC News. More than 3,330 people have died in four West African countries in...

Head of US Secret Service resigns

Head of US Secret Service resigns

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses. Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. A day earlier, she faced angry questions in Congress about a major breach of White House security. News of...

Armed man shared lift with Obama

Armed man shared lift with Obama

President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in what appears to be another security lapse. It happened on 16 September when Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The incident came to light on Tuesday, hours after the boss of the Secret...

US underestimated IS threat: Obama

US underestimated IS threat: Obama

President Barack Obama has acknowledged that US agencies underestimated the threat posed by the Islamist insurgency in Syria. In a frank TV interview, he said that al-Qaeda had been beaten in Iraq by US forces working with Sunni tribes. But they took advantage of the power vacuum in neighbouring Syria to emerge as Isis, later...

US court issues summons to Modi over Gujarat riots

US court issues summons to Modi over Gujarat riots

A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to arrive for a much-touted five-day visit to the United States, a federal court in New York issued a summons for Modi to respond to a lawsuit that accuses him of human rights abuses in connection with religious riots in 2002 that tore through...

More US strikes on IS in Iraq, Syria

More US strikes on IS in Iraq, Syria

The United States, backed by its Arab allies, continued air strikes against the Islamic State group yesterday, hitting targets in Iraq and Syria and destroying several vehicles and a weapons dump. As coalition warplanes returned from another night of raids, US President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to join...

Obama calls for dismantling IS 'network of death'

Obama calls for dismantling IS 'network of death'

Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Barack Obama vowed at the UN on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an Islamic State "network of death" that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East and drawn the US back into military action in the region. Speaking to the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, Obama said the US would be a "respectful and constructive partner" in confronting the Islamic State militants through force. But he also implored Middle Eastern nations to take the lead in addressing the...

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