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US President Barack Obama

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...

'US eager to engage with Modi'

'US eager to engage with Modi'

US President Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry look forward to engaging with the new BJP government at the earliest, including welcoming India's prime minister-designate Narendra Modi to Washington, a senior US administration official reiterated on Thursday, implicitly acknowledging that the massive mandate the Indian electorate has given to the putative PM has effectively overturned the visa ban Washington had imposed on him. ''We recognize the Indian electorate has weighed in with a resounding mandate for Prime Minister Modi and we want to work with him for advancing his goals for India as a regional and global player,'' Nisha Desai Biswal, the US assistant secretary of state for...

Obama hails India polls

Obama hails India polls

US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed India's massive general election and pledged to work closely with the next government in New Delhi. "India has set an example for the world in holding the largest democratic election in history, a vibrant demonstration of our shared values of diversity and freedom," Obama said in a...

Modi as New Indian PM

US won't look back on past visa ban

President Barack Obama faces the prospect this week of having to offer his congratulations to a new Indian leader who was barred from the United States less than 10 years ago over massacres of Muslims in 2002. As voting concluded in India's general election on Monday, four major exit polls showed Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi set to become prime minister, with his opposition party and its allies forecast to sweep to a parliamentary majority. The elections results due Friday provide a...

Rohingya Repression

Obama warns Myanmar

US President Barack Obama warned yesterday that ethnic and religious conflicts could move Myanmar in a "very bad direction." Obama praised the "courageous process" of political reform taking place in a country formerly led by a military junta, but warned that democratisation after years of repression brought its own perils. "Myanmar won't succeed if the Muslim population is oppressed," Obama said at a "town hall" meeting during a visit to Muslim-majority Malaysia. Obama was referring to Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine...

Honoured

Honoured

US President Barack Obama has chosen for the first time a Bangladeshi-origin woman for his 14-member advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). The nominee, Dr N Nina Ahmad, is co-owner and Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for JNA Capital, Inc, a Philadelphia-based real estate finance and development company. "Humbled/honoured to serve...

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