Tag: President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:51 UTC

Obama presses Cameron on defense expenditure and remaining in the EU

Cameron has not committed to the 2% benchmark beyond March 2016 and any “decision must await Chancellor Osborne's Spending Review in the autumn”

Barack Obama has pressed David Cameron to maintain Britain's commitment to meeting the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defense. In talks at the G7 summit in Germany, the US President also said he was “looking forward” to Britain remaining in the European Union.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Obama signs bill that limits phone data collection by government

The bill, which replaces the Patriot Act, had been backed by President Barack Obama as a necessary tool to fight terrorism.

The US Senate has voted to limit the government's ability to collect phone data, a policy that had been in place since the attacks of 11 September 2001. The USA Freedom Act extends the government's ability to collect large amounts of data, but with restrictions.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:48 UTC

One step closer: US drops Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism

On April 8, 2015, Kerry completed the review and recommended President Obama that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

The United States on Friday formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the US State Department said in a statement. The removal of Cuba from the US terrorism list eliminates an obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties between the United States and the communist-led Caribbean island state after 54 years.

Sunday, May 24th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Obama and Putin congratulate Cristina Fernandez and Argentina on 25 May, National Day

Cristina Fernandez at the launching of the May Week celebrations

US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have sent letters to President Cristina Fernández to salute the head of state and congratulate the Argentine people on the anniversary of the May Revolution.

Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 08:39 UTC

“Obama would relish the opportunity to visit Cuba and Havana in particular”

The reporter who asked about the presidential visit to Cuba was Cristina Escobar from Cuba's national television

President Obama is looking to travel to Cuba’s capitol city of Havana before his tenure ends, White Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday, the same day a Florida bank announced that the State Department has given them permission to make diplomatic transactions between the two nations.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 10:03 UTC

Obama bans supply of military-style equipments to local police forces

In Ferguson and in Baltimore protests turned violent, but the sight of police dressed in camouflage and riot gear dealing with protests provoked criticism.

President Barack Obama has banned the US government from giving certain kinds of military-style equipment to local police forces. The announcement follows criticism that police were too heavy handed in dealing with protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that turned violent last summer.

Thursday, May 14th 2015 - 08:34 UTC

Rousseff expected at the White House next June 30: a long delayed bilateral agenda waits

US Vice-president Joe Biden has been on the phone several times and attended Rousseff's inauguration last January.

Next June 30 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama, a highly anticipated event given tensions between the two governments over the past two years.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Obama approves oil drilling in the Arctic Sea under certain conditions

“We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper.

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday approved petroleum giant Shell's request to begin drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Sea under certain conditions, despite opposition from environmental groups.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Cuba to be removed from terror sponsors' list, announced President Obama

Obama ordered a review of Cuba’s status in December, as he and Raul Castro agreed to move toward normal relations.(Pic EFE)

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the US government's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to remove Cuba from the list represents a crucial step in Obama’s effort to turn the page on a Cold War-era dispute.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 10:55 UTC

Castro and Obama make history: 'we have agreed we can disagree with respect and civility'

Castro said Cuba was willing to discuss issues such as human rights and freedom of the press, maintaining that “everything can be on the table.”

President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together on Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in over a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.

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