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Obama backs new gun reforms as Newtown grieves
Obama backs new gun reforms as Newtown grieves

President Barack Obama pledged Monday to vigorously pursue "sensible" gun control but, a month after a school massacre traumatized America, questioned whether tough new laws could pass Congress.

Obama backs new gun reforms as Newtown grieves
US President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS
President Nazarbayev invites Barack Obama to visit Kazakhstan

January 14 Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the USA, presented credentials to the US President.

President Nazarbayev invites Barack Obama to visit Kazakhstan
Obama team launches inaugural mobile app
Obama team launches inaugural mobile app

Organizers unveiled the first-ever smartphone app for a US presidential inauguration on Monday, allowing users to track Barack Obama's swearing in, sign up for events and check maps for the closest toilets.

Obama team launches inaugural mobile app
Obama: US to speed up Afghan troop transition
Obama: US to speed up Afghan troop transition

President Barack Obama on Friday said NATO troops would speed up a transfer of lead security responsibility to Afghan forces this spring, in a sign the pace of US troop withdrawals could quicken.

Obama: US to speed up Afghan troop transition
Champagne faux pas at Obama inaugural luncheon?
Champagne faux pas at Obama inaugural luncheon?

Would champagne by any other name taste as good? For French producers, the answer is a resounding "non".

Champagne faux pas at Obama inaugural luncheon?
US plays tough with Karzai on Afghan troops
US plays tough with Karzai on Afghan troops

US officials plan a mix of hardball negotiating and flattery during a visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai as President Barack Obama decides how deeply to cut forces in America's longest war.

US plays tough with Karzai on Afghan troops
Obama lines up Jack Lew for Treasury
Obama lines up Jack Lew for Treasury

President Barack Obama was expected to name Washington veteran Jack Lew as his next Treasury chief as early as Thursday, stocking his team for the next tense budget showdown with Republicans.

Obama lines up Jack Lew for Treasury
Egypt's Morsi to urge Obama to free blind sheikh
Egypt's Morsi to urge Obama to free blind sheikh

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said he will urge US President Barack Obama to free the blind sheikh jailed for the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

Egypt's Morsi to urge Obama to free blind sheikh
Obama to host Afghan president Friday at White House
Obama to host Afghan president Friday at White House

US President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House on Friday for talks centered on the long-term security compact between the two countries.

Obama to host Afghan president Friday at White House
Obama picks new CIA, Pentagon chiefs
Obama picks new CIA, Pentagon chiefs

US President Barack Obama on Monday nominated controversial former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and proposed that hard-nosed counterterrorism czar John Brennan to head the CIA.

Obama picks new CIA, Pentagon chiefs
Obama says fiscal cliff deal made tax system fairer
Obama says fiscal cliff deal made tax system fairer

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he had fulfilled a campaign promise to make the US tax system fairer with a deal to avert the fiscal cliff crisis that passed after a fierce duel in Congress.

Obama says fiscal cliff deal made tax system fairer
Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America
Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America

President Barack Obama enacted a law Friday to counter Iran's alleged influence in Latin America, through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be designed by the State Department.

Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America
Obama 'modestly optimistic' for fiscal deal
Obama 'modestly optimistic' for fiscal deal

President Barack Obama said Friday he was "modestly optimistic" a last-minute deal was possible with Republicans to avert a "fiscal cliff" crisis that could spark a recession and rock global markets.

Obama 'modestly optimistic' for fiscal deal
Obama breaks off vacation to deal with fiscal cliff
Obama breaks off vacation to deal with fiscal cliff

President Barack Obama was to cut his holiday short and head back to Washington on Wednesday to try to address the "fiscal cliff," a set of tax hikes and spending cuts to take effect next year.

Obama breaks off vacation to deal with fiscal cliff
US House Speaker John Boehner. ©REUTERS
Obama, Boehner spar on fiscal cliff, deal may go to wire

US President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dueled over the fiscal cliff Wednesday, and despite narrowing differences remained stubbornly at odds over how to avoid looming tax hikes and spending cuts.

Obama, Boehner spar on fiscal cliff, deal may go to wire
Obama wants concrete gun proposals within a month
Obama wants concrete gun proposals within a month

President Barack Obama put ending an "epidemic" of gun violence at the top of his second term agenda Wednesday, denying he was "on vacation" on the issue before last week's school massacre.

Obama wants concrete gun proposals within a month
Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support
Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Rwandan President Paul Kagame to end all support for rebels in the conflict-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo.

Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support
Obama, Boehner meet in fiscal cliff talks
Obama, Boehner meet in fiscal cliff talks

President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner held surprise talks Thursday, as time ran short for hopes of a pre-Christmas deal to solve a fiscal crisis that could cause a recession.

Obama, Boehner meet in fiscal cliff talks
In long-awaited move, Obama recognizes Syrian rebels
In long-awaited move, Obama recognizes Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama proclaimed Syria's newly reframed opposition as the "legitimate" representative of the nation's people Tuesday.

In long-awaited move, Obama recognizes Syrian rebels
Low-key start to second term for Obama
Low-key start to second term for Obama

President Barack Obama will begin his second term in low-key fashion, with a small private swearing-in ceremony on January 20 before he takes the oath of office before the eyes of the world the next day.

Low-key start to second term for Obama