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Obama didn't believe his own war strategy: Gates

Former defense secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan in a revealing new memoir, US media reported Tuesday.

Obama didn't believe his own war strategy: Gates
Putin topples Obama in Forbes power ranking
Putin topples Obama in Forbes power ranking

Having outfoxed him on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has now pipped Barack Obama to the title of the world's most powerful leader as ranked by Forbes on Wednesday.

Putin topples Obama in Forbes power ranking
Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran
Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

US President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran, a day after the Israeli leader warned Tehran could convert uranium into weapons-grade material within weeks.

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran
US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying
US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying

The imbroglio over the tapping of Angela Merkel's phone deepened Sunday, after a US denial that President Barack Obama was informed years ago of electronic surveillance of the German chancellor.

US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying
Merkel quizzes Obama on reports US spied on her phone
Merkel quizzes Obama on reports US spied on her phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded answers from President Barack Obama after learning US spies may have monitored her phone.

Merkel quizzes Obama on reports US spied on her phone
Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office
Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle welcomed Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai to the Oval Office.

Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office
Obama picks 'exceptionally qualified' Yellen for Fed
Obama picks 'exceptionally qualified' Yellen for Fed

President Barack Obama has nominated economist Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve in a move expected to sustain the central bank's easy money policies and efforts to curb joblessness.

Obama picks 'exceptionally qualified' Yellen for Fed
Obama says captured Libyan will be brought to justice
Obama says captured Libyan will be brought to justice

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday an alleged Al-Qaeda operative snatched by US commandos in Libya was involved in plots that killed hundreds of people and will be brought to justice.

Obama says captured Libyan will be brought to justice
Obama's 'missed opportunity' as China flexes muscles
Obama's 'missed opportunity' as China flexes muscles

Most Asia-Pacific leaders, themselves blooded in political trench warfare, sympathise with US President Barack Obama's unwillingness to desert his Washington fox-hole.

Obama's 'missed opportunity' as China flexes muscles
World fears US default, Obama warns
World fears US default, Obama warns

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that world leaders were nervous Republicans would "blow up" the US economy, and vowed not to budge on his demand for the debt ceiling to be lifted without conditions.

World fears US default, Obama warns
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit

President Barack Obama had warm words Wednesday for what he sees as Pope Francis' inclusive attitude in recent remarks urging the Roman Catholic church not to focus only on abortion or gays.

Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Obama addresses troops on shutdown impact
Obama addresses troops on shutdown impact

US President Barack Obama told US troops in a video message early Tuesday that they would still get paid on time, despite a government shutdown.

Obama addresses troops on shutdown impact
Obama and Iran's Rouhani hold historic phone call
Obama and Iran's Rouhani hold historic phone call

US President Barack Obama and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone Friday in the historic, first direct contact between leaders of their estranged nations since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Obama and Iran's Rouhani hold historic phone call
Ubiquitous Kerry casts shadow on Clinton record
Ubiquitous Kerry casts shadow on Clinton record

In rolling the dice on Iran, Syria and Middle East peace, President Barack Obama has made Secretary of State John Kerry the chief executor of his foreign policy legacy -- a role denied to Hillary Clinton.

Ubiquitous Kerry casts shadow on Clinton record
US should look south for strategic interests: Colombia
US should look south for strategic interests: Colombia

The United States' key strategic partnerships lie to its south, but President Barack Obama failed to mention them in his address to the United Nations.

US should look south for strategic interests: Colombia
Bill Clinton backs Obama's push to promote health law
Bill Clinton backs Obama's push to promote health law

President Barack Obama got backing from Bill Clinton Tuesday as he sought to promote his health care law to the US public amid a congressional battle and an approaching sign-up date.

Bill Clinton backs Obama's push to promote health law
Rowhani-Obama handshake was 'too complicated'
Rowhani-Obama handshake was 'too complicated'

The US and Iranian presidents, Barack Obama and Hassan Rowhani, came agonizingly close to a historic handshake on Tuesday.

Rowhani-Obama handshake was 'too complicated'
UN wrangles on Syria as Obama urges action
UN wrangles on Syria as Obama urges action

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday demanded the UN Security Council take tough action against Syria, as Russia wrangled with the West over how to strip Bashar al-Assad of chemical arms.

UN wrangles on Syria as Obama urges action
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Obama says he quit cigarettes for fear of wife

US President Barack Obama said Monday that he stopped smoking out of fear of his wife, in an unwitting admission captured by a loose microphone.

Obama says he quit cigarettes for fear of wife
Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change
Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change

President Barack Obama used a memorial service for the victims of America's latest mass shooting on Sunday to make another impassioned appeal to reform gun ownership laws.

Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change