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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...

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...

No decision on White House run yet: Hillary

No decision on White House run yet: Hillary

Hillary Clinton won't make her intentions known about a possible White House run before the year's end, she said in an interview broadcast Sunday. "I will be on the way to making a decision by the end of the year," she said in a taped interview with ABC television. Hillary's remark came as she embarks...

Obama invites Modi to visit US

Obama invites Modi to visit US

President Barack Obama invited India's newly elected leader, Narendra Modi, to visit Washington in a congratulatory phone call to him on Friday, the White House said. Obama told Modi he looks forward to working closely with him to "fulfill the extraordinary promise of the US-India strategic partnership," a White House statement said. "The president invited...

Monica Lewinsky breaks silence after decade

Monica Lewinsky breaks silence after decade

Monica Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern whose 1990s affair with Bill Clinton nearly brought down his presidency, broke a long silence on Tuesday, saying she regretted what happened. Writing in Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky, 40, said it was time to stop "tiptoeing around my past -- and other people's futures. I am determined...

US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice

US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice

The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979. The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in New York. Aboutalebi was linked to the student group...

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they...

Cancel Obama's Dalai Lama meet

China urged the United States yesterday to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama later in the day, warning it would "seriously damage" ties between the two countries. The White House National Security Council said Obama would meet the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, at the White House in a show of concern about China's human rights practices. China calls the Dalai Lama a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who seeks to...

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