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US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties

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(Washington) - The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange,…

Kerry weighs options on Middle East talks

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(Rabat) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he would "evaluate" the next steps in the Middle East peace process with President Barack Obama, warning there are "limits" to Washington's time. "This is not open-ended," Kerry told a…

Obama 2015 budget focuses on boosting economy

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating…

Obama warns Karzai of full Troop Withdrawal

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President Barack Obama told Hamid Karzai that he is now planning for a full US troop withdrawal because of the Afghan leader’s repeated refusal to sign a security pact. But in a rare telephone call with President Karzai, Obama also held…

Obama meets top US commander in Afghanistan

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama has met at the White House with his top commander in Afghanistan and other high-ranking Pentagon officials. White House spokeswoman Laura Magnuson says the meeting was useful but no decision has been…

Obama to visit Saudi Arabia

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington’s main Arab ally over US policy on Iran’s nuclear programme and the civil war in Syria. Obama is preparing…

Kerry Warns on Foreign Policy Impact of US Shut Down

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(Indonesia) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that any prolonged shutdown of the government could affect the US internationally. Speaking at the Apec forum in Indonesia, he said any impact was "momentary" and Washington's commitment…

Kerry Invites Pakistan PM for Obama Talks

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(Islamabad) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for talks with President Barack Obama, seeking to upgrade fractious ties dominated by rows over drone strikes and Islamist militants. The United…

Obama Hosts British PM for Talks

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President Barack Obama is welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to the White House to talk on subjects ranging from Syria’s civil war to preparations for a coming summit in Northern Ireland of the world’s leading industrial…

Obama Appoints new Mideast Coordinator

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(New York) - President Barack Obama has appointed a new coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf, the White House has announced. Philip Gordon, a veteran foreign policy expert, will take up his post on March 11. The appointment…

Obama Lauds Clinton as She Leaves

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama lauded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of his closest advisers. During a joint interview, Obama called Clinton a friend possessing an extraordinary talent, and praised her discipline,…

Obama Nominate Hagel, Brennan for Top Security Posts

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President Barack Obama has nominated Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director, a senior administration official said. The choice of Hagel, former…
Kerry Succeeds Clinton as US Secretary of State

Kerry Succeeds Clinton as US Secretary of State

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, calling the veteran US senator the “perfect choice” for America’s top diplomat. Obama settled on Kerry, chairman of…
US Senate Okays $631 bn Defense Budget

US Senate Okays $631 bn Defense Budget

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(Washington) - The US Senate has unanimously passed the Pentagon's 2013 budget, despite a political impasse over debt reduction that could see huge cuts to military spending next year. After months of negotiations, lawmakers voted 98-0 to approve…