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U.S. condemns Gambia over disappearances, new anti-gay law

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President Barack Obama's National Security Council (NSC) has voiced concern over Gambia's moves to block access to top United Nations human rights...

Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

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President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in...

Obama orders review of U.S. police use of military hardware

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U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern...

U.S. deploys military to help search for Nigerian girls

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The United States has deployed about 80 military personnel to Chad in its effort to help find and return more than 200...

Egypt’s Sisi asks for U.S. help in fighting terrorism

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Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted an elected Islamist president and is set to become Egypt's next head of state, called...

U.S. sending more forces, aircraft to seek Uganda warlord Kony

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The Obama administration is sending about 150 Special Operations troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for...

More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral

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More than 70 heads of state and government are expected in South Africa this week to attend funeral events for former president...

Obama says U.S. to keep ‘going after’ al Qaeda-linked groups in...

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his decision to order commando raids in Libya and Somalia last weekend, saying the United...

Paramount boss calls on Obama to change attitudes to Africa

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Hours before United States President Barack Obama is due to touch down in South Africa, top local defence industrialist Ivor Ichikowitz has...

Obama proposes defense cut after decade of growth

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The 2013 U.S. defense budget that President Barack Obama sent to Congress includes funding for a shift in strategic focus to the...

Stratfor: Russia and the United States – pushing tensions to the...

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As Russia and the United States prepare for their respective presidential elections, tensions between the countries are growing. The central point of...

Stratfor: Iran, the US and the Strait of Hormuz crisis

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The United States reportedly sent a letter to Iran via multiple intermediaries last week warning Tehran that any attempt to close the...

WHouse to testify at hearing on ‘home-grown’ militants

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The Obama administration has signaled it will cooperate with a controversial congressional inquiry into alleged threats posed by "home-grown" Islamic militants that...

Obama boosts US military in Australia, reassures

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US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard unveiled plans to deepen the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific, with...

Obama to vow bigger Asia footprint on Pacific tour

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President Barack Obama will unveil plans to deepen America's military presence in the Asia-Pacific region during a trip starting to Australia, where...

Obama toughens tone with China as business vents

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The head of Boeing chose his words carefully as he explained to President Barack Obama the "dilemma" that Corporate America faces in...

Obama fires back at Republicans on foreign policy

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President Barack Obama hit back at criticism by Republican presidential candidates of his handling of Iran and other international issues, and said...

Obama, Hu pitch different trade agendas

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Barack Obama and Hu Jintao presented dueling trade agendas as an antidote to weak global growth as the U.S. and Chinese presidents...

Senior US business leader urges bolder trade agenda

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A top US business leader urged US President Barack Obama to pursue a much more ambitious trade agenda or risk falling...

Obama plows on with plans to end Iraq, Afghan wars

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American soldiers in Iraq are packing up military gear and shutting down bases as the United States races to remove all but...

US extends long-standing sanctions on Sudan

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US President Barack Obama extended sanctions on Sudan for another year, saying Khartoum's policies had not yet improved enough to warrant their...

Insight – Jobless voters could desert Obama at election

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The slot machines jangle away with the promise of sudden riches, but many visitors to a job fair at a second-tier casino...

US restores benefits for Ivory Coast, Guinea, Niger

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President Barack Obama said the United States would once again waive import duties on goods made in the Ivory Coast, Guinea and...

Obama touts foreign policy successes in Iraq, Libya

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President Barack Obama sought to cast himself as a strong leader on foreign policy, highlighting a US pullout from Iraq and the...

U.S. to pull out of Iraq after nearly 9 years of...

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President Barack Obama vowed to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq this year, symbolically ending the war but dashing U.S. hopes of...

Initial U.S. drawdown to pull from restive Afghan east

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President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw some US troops from Afghanistan this year will take soldiers out of the country's restive east,...

UN chief Ban sends Iran plot case to Security Council

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he has passed to the UN Security Council correspondence about US suspicions of Iran's involvement in an...

Fanfare masks doubts on US anti-rebel push in Africa

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US President Barack Obama's deployment of 100 military advisers to help defeat Uganda's notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) may yield him a...

Obama likens civil rights to economy fight at memorial

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US President Barack Obama gave a partisan-tinged speech to dedicate a new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., likening the battle for...

Obama, South Korea’s Lee to talk trade, North Korea strategy

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President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will bask in the glow of US congressional approval of a long-delayed trade...

Obama says Iran to face toughest possible sanctions

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US President Barack Obama warned Iran it would face the toughest possible sanctions for an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador...

Obama says Al Qaeda near end after decade of Afghan war

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President Barack Obama, marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, said on Thursday that al Qaeda was on...

After WikiLeaks, U.S. tries to shield classified data

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The U.S. government has announced steps to clamp down on who can access classified information, seeking to avert another WikiLeaks-scale breach of...

Pakistan must be mindful of U.S. interests – Obama

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US President Barack Obama said the United States would not be comfortable in a long-term strategic relationship with Pakistan if it felt...

Stratfor: Obama’s dilemma: US foreign policy and electoral realities

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STRATFOR does not normally involve itself in domestic American politics. Our focus is on international affairs, and American politics, like politics everywhere,...

Obama hails end of US military restrictions on gays

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President Barack Obama hailed the end of the policy banning gays from serving openly in the US armed forces, as the Pentagon...

Obama to meet Palestinian leader amid UN crisis

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US President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to urge him to drop plans to ask the UN Security Council...

Obama to propose “Buffett tax” on millionaires

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US President Barack Obama, in a populist gesture designed to appeal to voters, will propose a "Buffett Tax" on people making more...

U.S. sees credible, unconfirmed September 11 threat

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President Barack Obama ordered a redoubling of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the face of a "credible but unconfirmed" threat ahead of the...

Uganda strikes down bid to revive anti-gay bill

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Uganda's cabinet has blocked an attempt by some legislators to reintroduce a bill that called for the death penalty for gays who...

Obama honours return of fallen troops from Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama flew to a Delaware air force base to honour the return of the remains of 30 US troops killed...

Obama orders measures to help US stop atrocities

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President Barack Obama ordered new measures to boost the US ability to stop mass atrocities such as genocide and bar perpetrators of...

Obama Nominates Carter as Next Deputy Secretary

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President Barack Obama nominated the Pentagon's head of acquisitions, technology and logistics to become the next deputy secretary of defence. Ashton B. Carter,...

Top general warns against deep US defence cuts

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The nominee to be the next top US military officer warned that cutting security spending by US$800 billion or more as part...

Defence firms brace for tighter US budgets-analysts

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With military spending stagnant and the Obama administration looking at billions of dollars in cuts, the US defence industry faces belt-tightening and...

US drawdown begins in Afghanistan, first troops leave

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The first US troops have left Afghanistan as part of US President Barack Obama's planned drawdown of about a third of the...

US slams Syria for “outrageous” embassy attack

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The United States condemned Syria for refusing to protect the US embassy in Damascus from an "outrageous" attack by government loyalists it...

Obama weighed military, political risk for Afghan plan

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President Barack Obama's plan for pulling US troops from Afghanistan will intensify risks in the thick of next year's fighting season, but...

Weak US economy shadows Obama in bright areas

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A bright spot for President Barack Obama in the bleak US economic picture should be that many of the "swing" states crucial...

Obama criticizes tone of early 2012 campaigning

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US President Barack Obama struck back against his political rivals seeking the Republican presidential nomination, saying they were attacking his economic record...