Barack Obama

Iran Vows ‘Firm Response’ Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

DUBAI, Dec 4 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise “firmly respond”. In a speech to parliament, Rouhani denounced legislation passed by the U.S. Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years as a

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Obama, Trying to Protect Legacy, Unlikely to Act on Mideast Peace

By Arshad Mohammed and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Dec 2 – U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to preserve his legacy on domestic health care and the Iran nuclear deal, is not expected to make major moves on Israeli-Palestinian peace before leaving office, U.S. officials said on Thursday. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said

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Obama Presents Final Medal of Freedom Honors

WASHINGTON, Nov 23  – U.S. President Barack Obama awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honour in the United States – to 21 key figures at a star-studded ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. Obama presented the prestigious medal to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda for philanthropic

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Feel the Urn

The strange (and burgeoning) market of novelty urns By Joe Veix Rest assured that when you inevitably meet your demise, there will be plenty of ways to store your corpse: coffins, ornate urns and—if you’re extra-wealthy—enormous booby-trapped pyramids. And now, custom 3-D-printed heads. An Arlington, Vermont–based company called Cremation Solutions offers, among a number of more

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Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

By Camelia Entikhabifard Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable

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Google, an Obama Ally, May Face Policy Setbacks Under Trump

By David Shepardson, Malathi Nayak and Julia Love WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 – Alphabet Inc’s Google faces a tougher regulatory landscape as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration looks poised to reverse Obama administration policies that often favored the internet giant in the company’s battles with telecoms and cable heavyweights, analysts say. Google had close

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Immigration Hardliner Says Trump Team Preparing Plans for Wall, Mulling Muslim Registry

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON – An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an

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Trump Will Get Wake-Up Call When He Takes Office, Obama Says

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 15 – President-elect Donald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama said on Monday. In a news conference at the White House, Obama said the freewheeling Trump

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Obama Asks for $11.6 Billion More in Supplemental Defense Budget

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday sent a request to Congress for an additional $11.6 billion in supplemental war-related funding, which would include money to fight Islamic State militants and sustain high overseas troop levels. The request, detailed in a letter released by the White House, seeks an additional $5.8 billion

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Obama Speaks up for Protester but is Derided by Trump

By Roberta Rampton and Emily Stephenson FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.,/HERSHEY, Pa., Nov 5 – President Barack Obama chastised supporters at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in North Carolina on Friday, as tensions spiked when a supporter of Republican opponent Donald Trump began protesting. But that didn’t stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, campaigning a few

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