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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.

Obama heads to Chicago for farewell speech

Chicago - Barack Obama travels to Chicago for his farewell speech Tuesday, returning to the town where his meteoric rise to become America's first black president all began.

Work together for change, Obama says in farewell preview

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday spoke about the importance of ordinary people working together for change in a preview of the farewell address he will deliver in Chicago next week.

Obama urges more progress on criminal justice reform

Washington - The United States has "much work to be done" to reform the criminal justice system and humanize the prison system, President Barack Obama said Thursday in a Harvard Law Review article.

Obama defends legacy in letter to American people

Washington - US President Barack Obama acclaimed his outgoing administration's accomplishments on Thursday in a letter to the American people defending a legacy on health care and other issues that his successor Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle.

Obama moves to stop Trump gutting signature healthcare law

Washington - US President Barack Obama will make a short but politically charged trip from the White House to Capitol Hill Wednesday, calling allied lawmakers to arms in defense of his signature healthcare reforms.

Obama to deliver farewell speech next week in Chicago

Washington - US President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell speech next week from his political stronghold of Chicago, one of the last times he will be able to advocate for his policies before the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Trump, Obama disputes spill into the open

Palm Beach - US President-elect Donald Trump stirred a simmering dispute with Barack Obama, accusing him of derailing a smooth transition with "inflammatory" remarks, before appearing to row back.
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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) holds up a mobile phone as he announces a class action lawsuit over NSA spying revelations that he has filed along with FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe (R) against U.S. President Barack Obama, outside the U.S. District Court in Washington February 12, 2014 Jim Bourg
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President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China shake hands at the conclusion of their joint press conference in the East Room of the White House
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President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, while surveying storm damage in Brigantine, N.J.
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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan
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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 and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush in the Cross Hall towards the East Room of the White House
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Yogi Berra signing his special gift photo for President Obama
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President Barack Obama joins The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, left, and others before the start of commencement at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
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