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World should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen – Obama

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Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen, an apparent reference to populist leaders in...

Obama urges Kenyans to forget ethnic tensions

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Former US President Barack Obama urged Kenya's leaders to turn their backs on divisive ethnic politics and stamp down on corruption. Opening...

In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race

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President Barack Obama rode into office in 2009 with promises to work toward a nuclear-free world. His vow helped win him the...

Obama says supporting Libya’s fight with Islamic State is in U.S....

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President Barack Obama said on Tuesday it is in the U.S. national security interest to support Libya's emerging government's fight against Islamic...

Obama, in shift, to keep 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan until...

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday shelved plans to cut the U.S. force in Afghanistan nearly in half by year's end, opting to...

Obama, NATO chief discuss Islamic State, Libya

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U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that NATO could help Libya counter Islamic State militants as...

Obama says will try to block Islamic State from ‘digging in’...

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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States will continue to try to prevent Islamic State from establishing a foothold...

Obama to propose $200 million to battle Islamist militants in Africa

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President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million (£138 million) in new military spending to confront Islamist militants in north and west...

Obama calls for efforts to counter Islamic State in Libya

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U.S. President Barack Obama directed his national security advisers on Thursday to counter efforts by Islamic State to expand into Libya and...

Obama admits mistakes in Libya, says West should have done more

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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the international community should have done more to avoid a leadership vacuum in Libya, which...

World leaders recommit to UN peacekeeping with 40 000 troops pledged

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US President Barack Obama on Monday told a United Nations (UN) summit that more than 50 countries have pledged some 40 000...

Second-term Obama tells Africa’s ‘Big Men’ to quit when time is...

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Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent's 'Big...

ISS: Think Again – Why Obama’s AU speech matters

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There was a point, in Barack Obama's nearly hour-long speech at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, when the...

Obama heads to African Union at end of tour to build...

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Barack Obama toured a U.S.-supported food factory in Ethiopia on Tuesday on the last leg of an Africa trip, before winding up...

Obama says more political openness would strengthen Ethiopia

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U.S. President Barack Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already...

Obama to discuss a ‘Plan B’ for South Sudan ahead of...

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President Barack Obama will discuss a "Plan B" for South Sudan with African leaders on Monday that could include sanctions or other...

Obama returns to his father’s homeland with history, security on his...

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President Barack Obama will land in Kenya on Friday with a mission to strengthen US security and economic ties but his personal...

Kenya’s president says Obama talks to focus on security, trade links

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President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that improving security cooperation and trade links between Kenya and the United States will top the...

Obama endorses Nigerian leader’s agenda for defeating Boko Haram

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a "clear agenda" for...

Security to top agenda when Nigeria’s Buhari meets Obama

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will seek help in fighting militants across West Africa when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington...

Obama – Iran deal is only alternative to more Mideast war

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President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to sceptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark...

Obama, Nigeria’s Buhari to meet July 20, discuss Boko Haram

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U.S. President Barack Obama will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on July 20 to discuss fighting the Boko...

Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia

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President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes...

U.S. nominates first ambassador to Somalia since ill-fated intervention

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President Barack Obama has nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since the early 1990s, when the United States pulled its diplomatic...

Obama asks Congress to authorise U.S. war on Islamic State

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorise military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance...

Obama to bring back most U.S. troops fighting Ebola in Africa

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President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday that he will bring back nearly all of the 1,300 U.S. troops deployed...

Kerry calls for flexibility in US war powers against Islamic State

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Any congressional authorisation of US military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria,...

US, Arab partners launch first strikes on IS in Syria

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The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday US...

Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion...

U.S. says forms “core coalition” to counter Iraq militants

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The United States said on Friday it was forming a "core coalition" to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling for broad...

UN Security Council to highlight foreign terrorist fighters threat

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During its tenure as President of the United Nations Security Council, the United States will convene a summit meeting on September 25...

Obama says will “degrade and destroy” Islamic State

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The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek...

Obama faces doubts U.S. intervention can turn tide in Iraq

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Even as warplanes dropped the first U.S. bombs on Islamic militant targets in northern Iraq, President Barack Obama faced doubts inside his...

Zuma welcomes US buy-in on continental peace and security

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South African president Jacob Zuma has termed the Obama administration's commitment of up to $550 million over three years to African peace...

Analysis – Shadowed by Bush, Obama seeks Africa legacy makeover

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When President Barack Obama made his first extended trip to Africa last year, he tried to assuage a continent largely disappointed in...

Late to the party, Obama seeks bigger U.S. Africa role

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Ask Major-General Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are...

Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

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President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria's opposition, asked the U.S. Congress on Thursday to...

Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

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President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria's opposition, asked the U.S. Congress on Thursday to...

U.S. slaps sanctions on 5 Central African Republic men tied to...

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President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Central African Republic's former president, Francois Bozize, and four other men linked to violence and...

Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s “darkest impulses”

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U.S. President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a...

US extends lease on Djibouti’s Camp Lemonnier military base

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The United States has secured a ten year lease extension on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, an important base in the region, but...

Crimea votes to join Russia, Obama orders sanctions

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Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum in 10 days' time in a dramatic...

Uganda dismisses Obama pressure on anti-gay law

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Uganda on Tuesday dismissed U.S. president Barack Obama's call to its leader Yoweri Museveni not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying the...

Obama warns Uganda over anti-gay law

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President Barack Obama warned Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday that enacting an anti-gay law would complicate U.S. relations with Uganda and...

U.S. was slow to lose patience as South Sudan unraveled

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It was a bad start for the U.S. president and the leader of the world's newest country. At their first meeting, less than...

U.S. repatriates two Guantanamo prisoners to Sudan

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The United States has sent two detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their native Sudan, the Defense Department...

Remarks by president Obama at memorial service for Nelson Mandela

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First National Bank Stadium, Johannesburg, December 10: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. To Graca...

Obama, Castro shake hands as world says farewell to Mandela

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U.S. President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a rare...

As Iraq seeks U.S. arms, bombs kill another 55

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A dozen bombings in Iraq killed 55 people on Sunday as the prime minister prepares to travel to Washington to seek President...

A tale of two speeches in the Egyptian capital

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It was no surprise that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama both chose Cairo to deliver their vision...