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After the White House, Obama 'captive to selfies'

Milan - Former US president Barack Obama shared Tuesday his relief at no longer being leader of the Free World -- but joked he is now "captive to selfies" whenever he is out.

Obama to back healthy eating at Milan food conference

Milan - Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at a food innovation conference this month in Milan, the latest move by the former US president to help foster healthy eating.

Obama says ready to train new leaders in first post-presidency speech

Chicago - Former US president Barack Obama returned to the public spotlight Monday, saying he hopes to spend the next phase of his life helping to "prepare the next generation of leadership.

Obama to join Merkel at Protestant gathering in Berlin

Berlin - Former US president Barack Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to speak at a Protestant church gathering in Berlin in May, the organisers said Tuesday.

A red line already crossed in Syria

Washington - President Donald Trump's decision to strike the Syrian regime in retaliation for a chemical attack comes four years after his predecessor Barack Obama faced a similar challenge from Damascus -- and chose to back down.

Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phones during campaign

Washington - President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Barack Obama of tapping his phones during last year's White House campaign, charges that his predecessor denied as "simply false.

Barack, Michelle Obama sign bumper book deal

New York - Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a deal to publish their memoirs with New York-based Penguin Random House, in a coveted contract reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars.

11 US Republican Senators urge Trump to keep Guantanamo operating

Washington - Barack Obama pledged to close Guantanamo during his campaign for president but when he left office on January 20th he still had not been able to keep his pledge.

Bye-bye Obama, president's face gone from popular mural

Washington - Barack Obama left the presidency just days ago, but already his smiling face is gone from a mural on the wall of an iconic eatery in the US capital.

Trump at White House for last meeting with Obama

Washington - US President-elect Donald Trump arrived at the White House Friday for his final meeting with outgoing leader Barack Obama, before the two head to the Capitol for the Republican's swearing-in ceremony.

Barack Obama leaves Oval Office for last time

Washington - Outgoing US President Barack Obama on Friday left the Oval Office for the last time, as he prepares for the inauguration of his successor Donald Trump.

Obama, Merkel say strong US-Germany ties 'essential' for world order

Washington - Outgoing US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared strong US-German ties vital for world order on Thursday, in an implicit rebuke of Donald Trump.

Obama says justice has been served in Manning case

Washington - President Barack Obama Wednesday defended his decision to commute the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for 35 years for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

Obama approval ratings high as he prepares to leave office

Washington - Barack Obama leaves the White House Friday with his popularity nearly as high as it was when he took office eight years ago.

Obama commutes sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Washington - Amid a final flurry of reprieves before leaving office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, one of the world's longest-jailed political prisoners.

Trump 'needs to learn how to cry' from Obama

Paris - Donald Trump has one big lesson to learn from outgoing US President Barack Obama -- he needs to learn to be cool about crying.

Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning's sentence

Washington - In one of the final moves of his presidency, Barack Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer serving 35 years behind bars for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaker Manning

Washington - US President Barack Obama slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

'Yes we can': Obama's complex legacy

Washington - After winning the White House with a call to embrace "the audacity of hope," Barack Obama knows his place in the history books will be measured against the outsized hopes his 2008 election sparked in the United States and abroad.

Op-Ed: Obama tries to create problems for Trump before leaving office

Washington - As Obama ends his term he has been busy trying to make relations with Russia worse and create other problems for Trump. His most recent move is to try to impose UN sanctions on Syria through the UN Security Council.

Op-Ed: Obama repeals special treatment law for Cuban refugee claimants

Washington - Obama repealed a long-standing U.S. policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to be able to stay in the U.S. and become a legal resident, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Op-Ed: Today is 15th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

On January 11, 2002 Guantanamo Bay detention center opened its cells to retain terror suspects. The facility became infamous for torture and indefinite detention without any charges being laid in many cases.

Obama tears up during tribute to Michelle, daughters

Chicago - President Barack Obama wiped away tears as he paid tribute to his teenage daughters and to Michelle Obama, his "best friend," at the emotional close of a farewell address in his adoptive city of Chicago Tuesday.

Obama says 'yes we did' in emotive farewell address

Chicago - Barack Obama addressed America and the world for the last time as US president Tuesday, in a speech that was both a tearful goodbye and a call to arms.

Obama says goodbye in last presidential speech

Chicago - Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency on Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump's shock victory.

Op-Ed: U.S. drops on average 72 bombs each day throughout the globe

A report from the Council of Foreign relations shows that in 2016 the US dropped an average of 72 bombs every day or three every hour. The think tank, located in New York City, noted that 26,171 bombs were dropped on 6 different countries.

Obama says he underestimated impact of Russian hacking

Washington - President Barack Obama on Sunday admitted that he "underestimated" the impact misinformation and hacking can have on democracies, following an intelligence report on Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

Nine things Obama will be remembered for

Washington - As Barack Obama prepares to leave office on January 20, here are nine things his presidency may be remembered for:- Making history -If historians were to write only one thing about Barack Hussein Obama, they would likely note that -- 143 years after sl...

Obama and Trump cap tempestuous transition

Washington - After vowing a smooth transition, President Barack Obama and Donald Trump are presiding over one of the most tumultuous transfers of power in US history.
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President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf  left  inspect a tar ball as...
President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf, left, inspect a tar ball as they look at the effect the BP oil spill is having on Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, May 28, 2010.
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Speaker of the House John Boehner  in the Oval Office...
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Speaker of the House John Boehner, in the Oval Office. Vice President Joe Biden listens at right
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President Obama on the phone in the Oval Office
President Obama on the phone in the Oval Office
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President Barack Obama participates in a counterterrorism threat briefing at the National Counterter...
President Barack Obama participates in a counterterrorism threat briefing at the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Va., Dec. 17, 2015
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President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a press conference foll...
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a press conference following their meeting in the Oval Office.
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King Salman bids farewell to President Obama at his motorcade at Erga Palace.
King Salman bids farewell to President Obama at his motorcade at Erga Palace.
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President Barack Obama  speaking to the United Nations General Assembly
President Barack Obama, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly
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Protest and rally by veterans at Obama s Campaign office in Oakland  Ca
Protest and rally by veterans at Obama's Campaign office in Oakland, Ca
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President Barack Obama meets with National Security Advisors
President Barack Obama meets with National Security Advisors
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President Obama walking around the grounds of Buckingham Palace in London  England
President Obama walking around the grounds of Buckingham Palace in London, England
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 China has risen to its feet   Obama  president of the United States says in a short movie shown ins...
"China has risen to its feet," Obama, president of the United States says in a short movie shown inside the USA Pavilion. Photo: Zhenyu Li
President Obama delivers an address at Georgetown University
President Obama delivers an address at Georgetown University
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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson M...
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela
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Obama clowns in front of the mirror  sticks out his tongue
Obama clowns in front of the mirror, sticks out his tongue
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President Barack Obama outlines the details of the American Jobs Act during an address to a Joint Se...
President Barack Obama outlines the details of the American Jobs Act during an address to a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011
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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about an agreement reached with Iran on its nuclear pr...
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about an agreement reached with Iran on its nuclear program at the White House in Washington November 23, 2013. Obama said on Saturday that the deal between Iran and six major powers was an important first step toward a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear program
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A photo of President Obama seated in his chair
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President Barack Obama following the US-EU Summit in Washington  November 2011
President Barack Obama following the US-EU Summit in Washington, November 2011
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An effigy of President Obama was set on fire inside Milwaukee s Yester Year bar last evening.
An effigy of President Obama was set on fire inside Milwaukee's Yester Year bar last evening.
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