Tag: President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
Friday, March 28th 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Obama praises Francis and invites him to the US; Vatican points out some differences

The private meeting lasted 52 minutes

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday during their meeting in the Vatican, but the lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.

Wednesday, March 26th 2014 - 22:44 UTC

Obama suggests a transatlantic trade pact would cut Europe' dependency on Russian energy

EU wants access to US natural gas, but is reluctant to support fracking in the continent

US President Barack Obama has told the European Union it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

Friday, March 21st 2014 - 01:20 UTC

Mujica confirms Uruguay will accept Guantanamo prisoners as 'refugees'

The Uruguayan president made the revelation on Thursday

President Jose Mujica confirmed that Uruguay has agreed with the United States to accept some prisoners held in the much-criticized detention center at the US military base of Guantanamo Bay, but he also cautioned that “everything has a bill”.

Thursday, February 20th 2014 - 04:11 UTC

North American partners meet to celebrate NAFTA 20 years, but the agenda has many frictions

The three leaders pose for the family picture at Toluca

US President Barack Obama joined the Mexican and Canadian leaders Wednesday for a North American summit focused on trade but marked by friction between the “three amigos”. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shook hands with Obama in an ornate state government palace in Toluca, near Mexico City, for private one-on-one talks before Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined them later.

Thursday, February 13th 2014 - 01:31 UTC

Still divided, US Congress lifts government borrowing limit...until 2015

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The US Senate has sent to the president a bill to raise the country's borrowing limit for another year, ending a series of political standoffs over the issue. The chamber passed the bill on a 55-43 party line vote a day after it narrowly passed the House of Representatives.

Friday, January 31st 2014 - 06:53 UTC

US economy advancing at steady pace fuelled by robust consumer spending

However Obama admits working class wages have stagnated

The U.S. economy advanced at a steady pace in the last months of 2013, growth that was fueled by robust consumer spending. The government's Commerce Department said Thursday the world's largest economy grew 3.2%t in the October-to-December period, following a 4.1% advance in the third quarter.

Wednesday, January 29th 2014 - 21:20 UTC

Obama pledges support for the middle class and is prepared to bypass Congress

“Average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled”, said the president in his State of the Union speech to Congress

US President Barack Obama displayed his strategy for getting around a divided Congress starting with a wage hike for federal contract workers in a State of the Union speech on Tuesday that reflected scaled-back legislative ambitions after a tough year.

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - 11:36 UTC

Obama will visit Francis March 27; both leaders have pledged to tackle gap between rich and poor

Netherlands, Belgium and Italy in the US president European tour

US President Barack Obama plans to visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican in March during a trip to Europe, the White House has announced. Obama is scheduled to meet with the pope on March 27 in a trip that will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and other parts of Italy, it said in a statement.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

Obama announces contention policy for NSA monitoring activities

Relation with Germany and Brazil have been strained since it was revealed that the mobile personal phones of Merkel and Rousseff were bugged

President Barack Obama has announced a ban on US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies, and rein in the vast collection of Americans' phone data in a series of reforms triggered by Edward Snowden's revelations.

Friday, January 17th 2014 - 07:29 UTC

US Congress supports budget peace for the rest of the fiscal year

Obama is expected to sign the 1.1 trillion spending bill this week

Washington's battles over government funding ended with a whimper today as the US Senate approved a 1.1 trillion dollars spending bill that quells for nearly nine months the threat of another federal agency shutdown.

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