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Obama says Peres reminded him of 20th-century giants like Mandela

Jerusalem - US President Barack Obama said Shimon Peres reminded him of "giants of the 20th century" like Nelson Mandela in his eulogy for the Nobel Peace Prize winner in Jerusalem on Friday.

Obama defends Syria policy in face of renewed criticism

Washington - President Barack Obama defended his refusal to use military force to end Syria's brutal civil war Wednesday, as diplomatic efforts faltered and a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions unfolded in Aleppo.

Obama's Vietnam noodle visit sparks feeding frenzy

Four months after US President Barack Obama plonked down on a plastic stool at Bun Cha Huong Lien for a bowl of Hanoi's signature pork noodles, the restaurant is cashing in on customers eager to taste what all the fuss is about.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump says he's still a birther but focusing on campaign

Remember that song by The Clash about indecision: 'Should I stay or should I go'? That seems to be the issue for Donald Trump when it comes to that whacky birther movement. Stay or go? In or out? Well, it seems the Donald remains all in.

Obama endorses self-driving cars as U.S. issues safety checklist

Washington - In an opinion piece published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, United States President Barack Obama endorsed self-driving vehicles as long as they are safe, as the U.S. government outlined a new policy on autonomous cars.

Obama hits out at 'crude populism' in last UN address

New York - Barack Obama on Tuesday used his final UN address as president to hit out at the "crude populism" mushrooming in the United States and around the world.

Obama warns Americans must not 'succumb to fear'

New York - President Barack Obama Monday called on Americans "not to succumb to fear" after bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey and a mass stabbing incident in Minnesota over the weekend.

Trump says Obama was born in the US, 'period'

Washington - Donald Trump admitted for the first time Friday that Barack Obama was born on American soil, after years spent fuelling the so-called "birther" movement that cast doubt on the US president's legitimacy.

Philippines' Duterte says he snubbed Obama at summit

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte insisted that he snubbed US leader Barack Obama after Washington cancelled their scheduled bilateral meeting in Laos last week.

Obama on 9/11: Diversity one of America's 'greatest strengths'

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to embrace the nation's diversity and not to allow "terrorists" to divide the country.

Scientist discovers new parasite, names it after Barack Obama

An American scientist has named a new species of parasite he recently discovered after United States President Barack Obama.

Obama urges unity on eve of 9/11 anniversary

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to remain united in the face of terrorist attacks, in a barely-veiled jab at Republican White House nominee Donald Trump 15 years after 9/11.

Obama warns of new sanctions after N. Korea nuclear test

Washington - US President Barack Obama vowed Friday to push for new international sanctions in retaliation for North Korea's latest nuclear test, condemning it as "a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability.

Obama says Trump not qualified to be president

Vientiane - Outgoing President Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump as unsuitable to be commander-in-chief Thursday, after the Republican nominee blasted US military brass and praised Vladimir Putin.

As Obama caps Asia pivot, Thailand seen as missing piece

Vientiane - President Barack Obama attends a farewell dinner with Southeast Asian leaders Wednesday, capping eight years of careful courtship that has created new friends, but left links frayed with America's oldest regional ally -- Thailand.

Obama meets survivor of US bombs in Laos

Vientiane - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday met a survivor maimed by American bombs covertly dropped on Laos decades ago after pledging to help clean up a country he said was still living in the shadow of war.

President Obama warns of 'cyber arms race' with Russia

Hangzhou - President Barack Obama at once warned of an international cyber weapons arms race and subtly cautioned Russia and other adversaries that the United States has a greater capacity to wage cyber warfare than any other nation.

Obama says US is 'here to stay' in Asia

Vientiane - Barack Obama, on his final visit to Asia as US president, insisted Tuesday renewed American engagement with the region would endure after he left the White House."America's interest in the Asia-Pacific is not new. It's not a passing fad.

Tricky last G20 summit for Obama

Hangzhou - From the moment Barack Obama touched down in China, his last G20 summit seemed likely to be a tricky one.

Obama becomes first sitting US president to visit Laos

Vientiane - Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Laos in office, touching down in Vientiane Monday for a summit of East and South East Asian leaders.

Philippines' Duterte calls Obama 'son of a whore'

Davao - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a "son of a whore" on Monday as he vowed not to be lectured by the US leader on human rights when they meet in Laos.

Op-Ed: Vice president Joe Biden claims Guantanamo to close by Jan. 2017

Washington - United States Vice President Joe Biden said today (August 25) that he expected the military prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba to be closed before President Obama left office in January of 2017.

Obama defends Louisiana flood response

Baton Rouge - After a much-criticized delay, President Barack Obama visited flood-stricken Louisiana Tuesday, defending his administration's response and urging citizens to pitch in and help ravaged communities.

Underfire Obama heads to flood-hit Louisiana

Washington - Fresh from a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama visits flood-hit Louisiana on Tuesday, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics.

Obama turns up pressure on Putin over Syria

Washington - US President Barack Obama warned Russia faces fierce international rebuke if it continues to make common cause with Syria's brutal regime, signaling a renewed push to end the bloody five-year civil war.

Obama vows to crush IS, concerned about Russia in Syria

Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed to continue hammering Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, but acknowledged that pressure on the jihadists was prompting them to lash out beyond their self-proclaimed caliphate.

Obama says Trump 'unfit' to be president

Washington - In a searing and virtually unprecedented presidential rebuke, Barack Obama declared embattled Republican White House nominee Donald Trump "unfit" to be president and called on party leaders to disown him.

Obama warns Democrats to 'stay worried' about Trump

Washington - US President Barack Obama warned Democrats Wednesday that anything was possible in the US elections and to "stay worried until all the votes are counted.

Kremlin denies interfering in US election campaign

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday denied Moscow was interfering in the US election campaign after President Barack Obama refused to rule out that Russia could be trying to sway the vote in favour of Donald Trump.

Op-Ed: No surprise that some Dems tried to derail Sanders bid

Washington - Does it really come as a surprise to anyone that establishment Democrats tried to derail the upstart presidential primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Ver.)?
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