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Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill

Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill

US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican-led Congress sent the bill to the president on Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama vetoed the bill "without any drama or fanfare or delay". The 875-mile (1,400km) pipeline would carry tar sands oil...

'Saudi Ties To Al Qaeda'

Obama considers releasing secret 9/11 papers

The White House may declassify still-secret sections of an official inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks which refer to possible Saudi Arabian support. Questions over the 28-page section of the congressional report have been raised this week following the deposition of imprisoned former al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui in which he claimed major Saudi figures were donors to his group in late 1990s. Saudi officials have denied this. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, US intelligence last year began re-evaluating the decision...

Barack Obama lauds 'good friend' Dalai Lama

Barack Obama lauds 'good friend' Dalai Lama

President Barack Obama has called the Dalai Lama a "good friend" and an inspiration for freedom and dignity of all human beings.  Obama was speaking at a prayer event in Washington with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader among the audience. It was the first time the president and the Tibetan Buddhist leader attended the same public...

Romney considering 3rd run for White House

Romney considering 3rd run for White House

In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he's seriously considering a third run for the White House — a dramatic shift for the last Republican presidential nominee after months of insisting his career in politics is over. Yet should Romney follow through and...

US sanctions North Korea over Sony

US sanctions North Korea over Sony

The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to a cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday allowing sanctions on three North Korean organisations and 10 individuals. The White House said the move was a response to North Korea's "provocative, destabilising, and repressive actions". US sanctions...

NKorea threatens to 'blow up' White House

NKorea threatens to 'blow up' White House

The row over the Seth Rogan comedy intensifies after state media claim to have evidence the Obama administration was involved in production of the Sony film, reports UK-based daily The Mirror. North Korea has issued a threat to attack US landmarks after claiming to have proof that the government was behind the controversial movie...

Bush and CIA ex-officials rebut torture report

Bush and CIA ex-officials rebut torture report

A long-awaited Senate report condemning torture by the Central Intelligence Agency has not even been made public yet, but former President George W Bush’s team has decided to link arms with former intelligence officials and challenge its conclusions, The New York Times reports. The report is said to assert that the CIA misled Bush...

Obama orders review of policy on US hostage held by militants

Obama orders review of policy on US hostage held by militants

President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of US policy governing efforts to free Americans being held by militant groups overseas, the White House said on Monday. In recent months, Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans, including Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former US Army Ranger, whose death was announced in...

ISLAMIC STATE CRISIS

US to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq

US to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq

The US is to send 1,500 more non-combat troops to Iraq to boost Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants, the White House says. The Pentagon said the troops would train and assist Iraqi forces. President Barack Obama authorised the deployment following a request from Iraq's government, the Pentagon added. IS militants control large areas of...

White House questions Ebola quarantines

White House questions Ebola quarantines

The White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under the rules planned to sue. Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed in 21-day quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after...

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