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Senator Dianne Feinstein. ©Reuters/Gary Cameron
White House apologizes to lawmakers over prisoner swap

The White House apologized for keeping lawmakers in the dark regarding the exchange of an American soldier for five Taliban fighters, senators said Tuesday, as controversy grew over the issue.

White House apologizes to lawmakers over prisoner swap
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Man strips naked outside White House

US Secret Service personnel sprang into action Friday outside the White House when a man stripped naked in what appeared to be a bizarre form of protest.

Man strips naked outside White House
San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro. ©Reuters/Jim Young
Obama to nominate San Antonio mayor as US housing secretary

President Barack Obama will announce Friday his plan to nominate Julian Castro, the charismatic Hispanic mayor of San Antonio, Texas, as US secretary of housing and urban development.

Obama to nominate San Antonio mayor as US housing secretary
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Watergate conspirator Jeb Magruder dies

Jeb Magruder, the Nixon White House aide imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal who later claimed he overheard the president order the break-in, has died. He was 79.

Watergate conspirator Jeb Magruder dies
Bush 3.0? Jeb hints at White House run
Bush 3.0? Jeb hints at White House run

Last year family matriarch Barbara Bush proclaimed there have been "enough Bushes" in the White House, but recently son Jeb unambiguously revived prospects of extending the political dynasty.

Bush 3.0? Jeb hints at White House run
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Pro-Russians declare Ukraine's Donetsk independent

Ukraine was threatened with disintegration Monday as pro-Kremlin militants seized government buildings in the eastern city of Donetsk, declared independence and vowed to vote on joining Russia.

Pro-Russians declare Ukraine's Donetsk independent
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Samsung 'selfie' flap now in hands of lawyers: White House

The controversy over a "selfie" photo of President Barack Obama and baseball star David Ortiz now is in the hands of attorneys, a White House official said on Sunday.

Samsung 'selfie' flap now in hands of lawyers: White House
US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran
US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran

An overwhelming majority of US lawmakers demanded President Barack Obama hold the line on Iran, as a permanent agreement regarding the Islamic republic's contested nuclear program is under negotiation in Vienna.

US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran
Obama, Hollande to cement 'forever' Franco-US friendship
Obama, Hollande to cement 'forever' Franco-US friendship

President Barack Obama will Tuesday highlight a new national security dimension to America's oldest alliance as he deploys the full pageantry of a state visit for France's President Francois Hollande.

Obama, Hollande to cement 'forever' Franco-US friendship
Three years before the vote, Clinton machine gears up
Three years before the vote, Clinton machine gears up

With the news that America's largest liberal fundraising group is to back a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, a growing sense of inevitability is building around her prospective candidacy.

Three years before the vote, Clinton machine gears up
U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©Reuters/Grigory Dukor
Obama invites Merkel to Washington after phone-tap row

President Barack Obama invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington on Wednesday, hoping to mend fences after a row provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her cellphone.

Obama invites Merkel to Washington after phone-tap row
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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
Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill
Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal gun control rules Friday to ensure more information about the mentally ill reaches background check databases, after a series of high-profile US shootings.

Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Cuban President Raul Castro (C).©Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Republicans thump Obama for Castro handshake

Republicans were left steaming Tuesday after President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro, with one senior lawmaker likening the act to appeasement of the Nazis.

Republicans thump Obama for Castro handshake
World must act fast to help C.Africa: aid group
World must act fast to help C.Africa: aid group

The global community needs to move fast to stop the violence in Central African Republic spiralling out of control and must send in international peacekeeping troops to restore security, a leading US aid organization said Monday.

World must act fast to help C.Africa: aid group
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With $65 bn in debt, is Puerto Rico America's Greece?

Laden with debt, its economy in recession: Is the US territory of Puerto Rico poised to become another Greece?

With $65 bn in debt, is Puerto Rico America's Greece?
Obama praises leadership of Morocco's Mohammed VI
Obama praises leadership of Morocco's Mohammed VI

President Barack Obama praised the "leadership" of Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Friday after holding wide-ranging talks with the North African monarch for the first time at the White House.

Obama praises leadership of Morocco's Mohammed VI
US shutdown cost $2.0 billion in lost govt output
US shutdown cost $2.0 billion in lost govt output

The 16-day US government shutdown cost 6.6 million in lost workdays for furloughed federal workers, amounting to $2.0 billion in lost productivity, the White House said Thursday in a report.

US shutdown cost $2.0 billion in lost govt output
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
Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest
Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest

A US hunger striker was force fed through a nasal tube in front of the White House Friday, in a protest aimed at showing the procedure used at Guantanamo is "torture."

Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest