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Obama sets off for Israel charm offensive
Obama sets off for Israel charm offensive

Barack Obama was on his way to Israel Wednesday for the first time as US president, hoping to ease past tensions with his hosts and under pressure to narrow differences over handling Iran's nuclear threat.

Obama sets off for Israel charm offensive
Obama defends green energy push after budget cuts
Obama defends green energy push after budget cuts

US President Barack Obama defended green energy research spending Friday, two weeks after budget cuts kicked in, warning that those reductions would leave America trailing its global rivals.

Obama defends green energy push after budget cuts
Obama coming 'to listen' to Israel, Palestinians
Obama coming 'to listen' to Israel, Palestinians

US President Barack Obama said Thursday his forthcoming trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories was to "listen" to both sides and hear their views on how to move forward after over two years without peace talks.

Obama coming 'to listen' to Israel, Palestinians
Obama says US won't balance budget in next 10 years
Obama says US won't balance budget in next 10 years

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday America will not balance its budget within a decade because Republican plans to do so would entail slashing social programs many citizens rely on for support.

Obama says US won't balance budget in next 10 years
Black lawmakers urge diversity in Obama cabinet
Black lawmakers urge diversity in Obama cabinet

The Congressional Black Caucus complained to President Barack Obama on Monday about his lack of diversity, highlighting his failure to nominate any African-Americans to his second-term cabinet.

Black lawmakers urge diversity in Obama cabinet
Obama meets with Arab-American leaders ahead of Israel trip
Obama meets with Arab-American leaders ahead of Israel trip

US President Barack Obama met members of the Arab-American community at the White House on Monday ahead of his trip to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan.

Obama meets with Arab-American leaders ahead of Israel trip
Gun legislation getting holstered on Capitol Hill
Gun legislation getting holstered on Capitol Hill

Three months after Newtown, the prospects for President Barack Obama's ambitious gun control measures have dimmed, as hopes for expanded background checks clash with stubborn political realities.

Gun legislation getting holstered on Capitol Hill
Senator to speak 'as long as it takes' over CIA pick
Senator to speak 'as long as it takes' over CIA pick

A Republican senator seeking to block President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the CIA is vowing to speak as long as it takes to do so, citing concern about drone strikes on US soil.

Senator to speak 'as long as it takes' over CIA pick
Obama: US supports Venezuelan people after Chavez death
Obama: US supports Venezuelan people after Chavez death

President Barack Obama Tuesday said the United States was interested in a "constructive" future relationship with Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chavez, a long-time American foe.

Obama: US supports Venezuelan people after Chavez death
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$85 billion austerity hit lines up US economy

An $85 billion dollar austerity time bomb was to detonate against the US economy Friday, as President Barack Obama blamed a Republican refusal to compromise for a failure to avert "dumb" spending cuts.

$85 billion austerity hit lines up US economy
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ©REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Israel to delay settlement starts for Obama trip: report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned settler housing tenders being issued for the West Bank and east Jerusalem when US President Barack Obama visits this month.

Israel to delay settlement starts for Obama trip: report
Obama tells Egypt's Morsi to 'protect' democracy
Obama tells Egypt's Morsi to 'protect' democracy

US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi has a "responsibility to protect" the democratic principles advanced by the 2011 uprising.

Obama tells Egypt's Morsi to 'protect' democracy
Palestinian tensions set to persist until Obama visit
Palestinian tensions set to persist until Obama visit

Clashes that flared in the West Bank after a Palestinian died in Israeli custody are unlikely to turn into a third intifada, but each side will use them when US President Barack Obama visits.

Palestinian tensions set to persist until Obama visit
US President Barack Obama speaks.
High risks for Obama in new spending fight

Barack Obama may have the upper hand against Republicans in a high-risk new spending showdown, but a drawn-out clash would likely damage the economy and put his presidential legacy on the line.

High risks for Obama in new spending fight
Obama, Japan PM firm on N.Korea, measured on China
Obama, Japan PM firm on N.Korea, measured on China

US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged with Japan's new leader to take a firm line on a defiant North Korea but the two sides also tried to calm rising tensions between Tokyo and China.

Obama, Japan PM firm on N.Korea, measured on China
Obama jabs Republicans over tax cuts for rich
Obama jabs Republicans over tax cuts for rich

President Barack Obama on Thursday said the only thing keeping Republicans together was a desire to shield the rich from higher taxes, in a new jab over an imminent budget confrontation.

Obama jabs Republicans over tax cuts for rich
Alliance in focus as Japan PM meets Obama
Alliance in focus as Japan PM meets Obama

Japan's new premier Shinzo Abe will meet US President Barack Obama this week for the first time since taking power, seeking to breathe new life into a key alliance at a time of heightened tensions across Asia.

Alliance in focus as Japan PM meets Obama
Obama courts key Republicans on immigration reform
Obama courts key Republicans on immigration reform

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called key Senate Republicans, with whom he is at odds on other many top issues, to discuss the prospects for bipartisan immigration reform.

Obama courts key Republicans on immigration reform
Obama says public deserves to know more on drones
Obama says public deserves to know more on drones

President Barack Obama said Thursday that Americans needed more than just his word to be assured he was not misusing his powers in waging a secret drone war overseas.

Obama says public deserves to know more on drones
Japanese Prime Minsiter Shinzo Abe.
Obama vows to defend Japan with US nuclear umbrella

President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday a "steadfast" commitment to defend Japan, including preventing nuclear attacks on its ally in the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test.

Obama vows to defend Japan with US nuclear umbrella