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White House considers increasing legal immigration

White House considers increasing legal immigration

The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Barack Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of new green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of US citizens and permanent residents, reports The Washington Post. The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to announce a series...

Iraq target IS bastions

Iraqi forces launched a string of attacks on Sunni militants yesterday, including at Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, as US President Barack Obama declared his firmest commitment yet to targeting jihadists. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency yesterday said it was poised to mount a massive aid operation for 500,000 Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels. "In response to the deteriorating situation in northern Iraq, UNHCR is this week launching one of its largest aid pushes aimed at helping close to...

Tackling Iraq's insurgency will take time: Obama

Tackling Iraq's insurgency will take time: Obama

President Barack Obama yesterday said US airstrikes had destroyed arms that Islamic State (IS) militants could have used against Iraqi Kurds, but warned there was no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to tear Iraq apart. Speaking the day after US warplanes hit militants in Iraq, Obama said it would take more than...

Israel offers Gaza truce extension

Israel offers Gaza truce extension

Israel has offered to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a month of conflict, Israeli officials say. But there has no far been no agreement from the militant Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, as indirect talks continue in Cairo. US President Barack Obama has said a more durable truce...

US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against Russia. They include banning people in the US from banking with three Russian banks. The EU earlier expanded its sanctions, targeting the oil sector, defence equipment and sensitive technologies. But Australia's priority is to get access to the crash site of the downed MH17 flight in east Ukraine. International experts cannot reach the site due to heavy fighting between Ukraine's army and pro-Russia rebels. GROWING COST Russia has come under increased pressure to end...

Gaza bleeds on

Gaza bleeds on

Israel's operation against Hamas saw one of its bloodiest days yesterday, with 46 Palestinians killed in Gaza and two Israeli soldiers dying in a clash with militants who infiltrated the Jewish state. As Israeli warplanes bombarded Gaza from the air, and ground troops pressed an assault on land, the Palestinian death toll rose to...

  

Missile fired from rebel -held Ukraine: Obama

US President Barack Obama yesterday said that a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine downed a Malaysian passenger jet as he pressed for an international investigation. Obama said that at least one US citizen was among the 298 dead. The State Department identified the victim as Quinn Lucas Schansman, who also held Dutch nationality. "Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions," Obama told reporters. "Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from...

How powerful is the US president?

MOST of us consider the US president as the most powerful man on earth. Many foreign heads of states and governments often lobby to meet him at least once in the Oval Office. Some remain content with only short photo sessions with him at luncheons or dinners attended by him. But how powerful is he in reality? The US constitution defines the powers of the president in only three short paragraphs. The president is the commander in chief of the...

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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