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President Barack Obama
Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 20:21 UTC

OAS Celebrates “Historic Announcement” of Resumption of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and Cuba

The two leaders shake hands during the funeal of Nelson Maldela

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed the “historic announcement” made by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States, Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the lifting of certain commercial restrictions and the beginning of new paths for cooperation on issues of mutual interest, among other measures.

Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:35 UTC

US Congress votes sanctions on Venezuelan government officials and sends bill for Obama's signature

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro railed against the measure's “insolent imperialist sanctions” after it was passed by the Senate

The US House of Representatives passed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials found to have violated protesters' rights during demonstrations earlier this year.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 06:55 UTC

Mujica says Guantanamo inmates in Uruguay can leave whenever they wish

Mujica also asked for the liberation of Cuban spies jailed in the US and the lifting of the US embargo on Cuba

The detainees from Guantanamo Base in Cuba that arrived in Uruguay on Sunday as part of an agreement with the US, “can leave the country whenever they wish”, since they come as 'refugees', announced President Jose Mujica.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Obama makes official nomination of Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

Carter's views have not always meshed perfectly with the Obama administration, for example regarding Iraq

President Barack Obama on Friday named Ashton Carter, a highly regarded technocrat, to lead the Pentagon as the US military embarks on the latest phase in its 13-year war against Islamic extremists.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 - 07:36 UTC

Finally Argentina will have a US ambassador: he never visited the country or speaks Spanish

Noah Mamet, a bundler, is a consultant and was confirmed in a vote of 50 to 43 nays, despite sharp criticism by Republicans

The United States Senate confirmed soap opera producer Colleen Bell to be the next U.S. ambassador to Hungary and political consultant Noah Mamet to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Argentina on Tuesday. Neither of the two newly-confirmed Ambassadors are career diplomats, but both raised millions for President Obama's Presidential campaigns.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 07:15 UTC

Racial relations becomes political debate in the US following the Ferguson trial and verdict

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has deployed about 2,200 National Guard troops in and around Ferguson

More National Guard troops and police have been sent to Ferguson, Missouri to head off a third night of violence, as over 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 07:40 UTC

Two hard-core Pentagon former officials candidates for US Secretary of Defense

Michèle A. Flournoy, is a former Under-secretary of defense who would be the first woman to head the Pentagon

President Barack Obama is considering two former Defense Department officials as successors to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, administration officials said on Monday. Both are seasoned national security professionals whose credibility among members of both parties and Defense Department experience would be considered assets in managing the threat from the Islamic State, budget cuts and other challenges.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 06:54 UTC

Mexican president hails Obama's decisions on immigration

“I want to publicly recognize yesterday's announcement,” said Peña Nieto “These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hailed US President Barack Obama's sweeping steps on immigration, saying they were “most important measures taken in several decades” and would allow families to stay together.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 04:32 UTC

Cristina Fernandez held a 'short list' cabinet meeting on Tuesday

Kicillof revealed that in Australia Obama asked about the president's health condition, as did most world leaders

Despite the ten days of convalescence ordered by her doctors, Argentine President Cristina Fernández continued with an official schedule in Olivos and met on Tuesday with key members of her cabinet.

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 08:04 UTC

G20 agrees on growth, climate change and taxes, but Putin leaves pressed on Ukraine

Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible “frozen conflict” in Europe. (Pic Reuters)

Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

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