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Artists celebrated at Obama’s final Kennedy Center Honors gala

Washington - President Barack Obama attended his last Kennedy Center Honors gala, making some of his final goodbyes to celebrated artists before leaving office next month.

White House extends 'hand of friendship' to Cuban people after Castro death

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday said the United States is extending "a hand of friendship to the Cuban people" following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Obama returns home from last foreign trip

Washington - President Barack Obama returned to the White House early Monday, ending the last foreign tour of his tenure as he prepares to hand power over to Donald Trump, amid unease about the Republican's volatility and isolationist rhetoric.

Obama says goodbye to world stage after eight years

- US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the world stage Sunday, pondering his legacy, offering advice to his successor and discussing his post-presidential life at the end of his final foreign tour.

Obama warns Trump that US underpins world order

- US President Barack Obama made a strident case for his successor Donald Trump to retain America's support for a liberal world order Sunday, warning world peace and prosperity depend on it.

Obama wants Ukraine deal 'before term is up'

- US President Barack Obama said he told Vladimir Putin on Sunday that he wants to reach a settlement that solves the Ukraine crisis before he leaves office in January.

Obama makes case for democracy, urges patience with Trump

- With Donald Trump's election sparking questions about the respect for democratic norms at home, US President Barack Obama made a strident case for democracy Saturday and urged world leaders to give his successor a chance.

The most common word written to President Obama revealed

Washington - Thousands of people write (or email) the U.S. president each day, making serious points, requests for information or bizarre statements. An analysis of the correspondence has revealed the most commonly used word.

Merkel has been an 'outstanding partner': Obama

Berlin - US President Barack Obama lauded German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday as an "outstanding" international partner who showed a recognition that being a good leader also meant engaging with the world.

Greek police fire tear gas at anti-Obama protesters

Atenas - Greek police fired tear gas and stun grenades against protesters marching on central Athens Tuesday where US President Barack Obama was making his last foreign trip as head of state.

Obama warns of risks from 'crude' nationalism

Atenas - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned against succumbing to "crude" nationalism in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and the American vote, and with a wave of European elections looming.

Obama says US must continue to be 'beacon of hope'

Washington - US President Barack Obama said Monday that America must continue to be a "beacon of hope" as the world goes through a period of great change.

Greek police ban Athens protests during Obama visit

Atenas - Greek police have banned protests planned during US President Barack Obama's trip to Athens from Tuesday, the first leg of his last official visit to Europe.

Obama on farewell tour to Europe fearful of 'Trump effect'

Washington - Barack Obama will travel Monday to Greece and Germany in a final official visit designed, in a strange bit of political contortion, at reassuring worried Europeans about a man he once warned was "unfit" for the presidency: Donald Trump.

Obama to meet Xi, European allies next week: W.House

Washington - President Barack Obama will meet key European allies and China's Xi Jinping during an upcoming three-country overseas trip, the White House said Friday, hoping to reassure partners after Donald Trump's shock election.

Obama to address nation, world at 1715 GMT

Washington - President Barack Obama will publicly address the shock election of Donald Trump as his successor for the first time Wednesday, the White House said.

Obama congratulates Trump, invites him to White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama called Donald Trump, his newly-elected successor, Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory and invited him to the White House for talks on Thursday.

Trump's joy is Obama's pain

Washington - Donald Trump's jaw-dropping White House win is a slap in the face for Barack Obama, elected eight years ago as the country's first black president on the promise of a nation united.

Buffalo woman brings lawsuit to postpone Tuesday's election

Buffalo - A Buffalo, New York grandmother has commenced a lawsuit asking a judge to postpone the Nov. 8 presidential election. The woman argues neither of the two main candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are fit to hold the office of the president.

Obama to head to Greece, Germany, Peru in mid-November: W. House

Washington - US President Barack Obama will head to Greece, Germany and Peru next month for what could be his final trip abroad before leaving the White House in January, his office said Tuesday.

Obama fires parting shot at EU austerity, backs Renzi

Rome - Outgoing US President Barack Obama has fired a parting shot at EU leaders over their economic policies and offered strong backing to Italy's Matteo Renzi ahead of a crucial referendum.

Obama says Nobel panel made 'right' pick with Santos

Washington - Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama on Friday hailed the courage of this year's laureate, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and said the award was well earned.

15 years on, the Afghan war still defies US timelines

Washington - Fifteen years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, President Barack Obama and the American military have dug in for a long campaign that defies rigid timelines and easy barometers of victory.

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.
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President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3210, Pay Our Military Act, in the Oval Office
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President Barack Obama speaking in Largo, Md., Sept. 26, 2013.
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