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Obama briefs Congress on IS fight

Obama briefs Congress on IS fight

President Barack Obama has briefed Congressional leaders on his plans for an expanded military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He discussed his strategy with leaders from both parties at the White House. The talks came ahead of a speech on Wednesday night in which he will make a case directly to...

IS Jihadists' Threat in Syria

We don't have a strategy: Obama

We don't have a strategy: Obama

The US does not yet have a strategy to tackle the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria, Barack Obama has admitted after criticism that American and British failures in the country allowed group to rise. Meanwhile, the UN yesterday said the number of refugees from the conflict in Syria has now topped three million. The record...

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees and the desperate crisis is only getting worse, the UN's refugee agency says. The UNHCR says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes. The majority of refugees have fled to countries...

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed. A cousin of Douglas McCain told the BBC the US government called his mother to confirm his death on Monday. McCain was found dead by Free Syrian Army fighters after a battle at the weekend,...

New clashes erupt in Ferguson as Obama urges calm

New clashes erupt in Ferguson as Obama urges calm

US police say they have arrested 31 people during another night of angry protests in the town of Ferguson in the state of Missouri. Unrest flared hours after President Obama called for calm following the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on 9 August. The US attorney general is due to visit...

Russia has no right to send vehicles to Ukraine: White House

Russia has no right to send vehicles to Ukraine: White House

The White House said on Friday it could not confirm reports that Ukraine had disabled vehicles in a Russian convoy inside Ukraine and warned Moscow that any intervention into Ukraine without Kiev's permission was unacceptable. "Even as we work to gather information, we reiterate our concern about repeated Russian and Russian-supported incursions into Ukraine,"...

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...

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