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Obama ready to train new leaders in first post-presidency speech

Apr 25, 2017 - 12:13 AM

3rd UPDATE The 55 year old Democrat says he is incredibly optimistic about the future and that the problems facing America could be solved

BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT. Former US President Barack Obama chats with third-year UChicago student Max Freedman. Photo by Jean Lachat/University of Chicago

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Mar 06, 2017 - 2:33 PM

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Trump asks U.S. Congress to probe wiretap claims

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:05 AM

UPDATED The White House calls for Congress to follow up on President Donald Trump s explosive unsubstantiated allegation that Barack Obama tapped his phone during last year s election campaign

In this file photo, President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama talk on the East front steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Robyn Beck/AFP

Trump reverses Obama ban on private prisons

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:50 PM

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says commercial prison operators are necessary for future needs

BUTNER, NC - APRIL 1: A sign stands at the U.S. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Complex, where convicted Israeli spy Jonathan J. Pollard is housed, on April 1, 2014 in Butner, North Carolina. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst serving a life sentence for spying for Israel more than a quarter century ago, could be released under the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. revokes 60,000 visas after Trump order

Feb 04, 2017 - 8:07 AM

To put that number in context we issued over 11 million immigrant and non immigrant visas in fiscal year 2015 says Will Cocks spokesman for the US State Department s bureau of consular affairs

PROTESTS. Demonstrators chant slogans during an interfaith solidarity protest against President Donald Trump's executive immigration ban outside the Downtown Islamic Center on February 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Joshua LOTT / AFP

Trump downplays travel ban impact as fallout deepens

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:14 AM

UPDATED After a weekend of chaos at airports mass protests and diplomatic outcries criticism of Trump s proposal even came from his predecessor Barack Obama

Protesters gather at the Los Angeles International airport's Tom Bradley terminal, to demonstrate against President Trump's executive order effectively banning citizens from 7 Muslim majority countries, January 30, 2017. Konrad Fiedler/AFP

Donald Trump becomes 45th U.S. President

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Donald Trump: Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another but we are transferring power from Washington DC And giving it back to you the people

MISTER PRESIDENT. Donald Trump (L) is sworn in as the 45th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2017. Timothy A. Clary/AFP

To President Obama, with love

Jan 19, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Obama didn’t teach me how to transcend my race Instead he taught me how to embrace it

A portrait of US President Barack Obama as he listened during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden, October 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

'Yes we can': Barack Obama's complex legacy

Jan 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Whatever the historians write Barack Hussein Obama – America s first black president – can certainly claim some bona fide successes; but one dream got lost along the way

Obama ends decades-old policy for Cuban migrants

Jan 13, 2017 - 7:44 AM

3rd UPDATE The Cuban government welcomes the decision calling it an important step forward in bilateral relations

IMMIGRATION. This file photo taken on January 12, 2016 shows Costa Rican migrations personnel roll calling a group of Cubans at the park of La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, before they board a bus to take them to the airport of the neighboring city of Liberia to fly out of Costa Rica on a trial air-and-land journey to ultimately start new lives in the United States. US President Barack Obama on January 12, 2017 has ended a 5-decade-old open door policy for Cuba immigrants. File photo by Carlos Gonzalez/AFP

U.S. House votes to repudiate anti-Israel UN resolution

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Incensed US lawmakers have assailed Barack Obama s outgoing administration for abstaining in the December 23 vote instead of vetoing the UN resolution essentially clearing the way for its passage

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. In this file photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C), R-Wisconsin, swears in the newly elected members of the House of Representatives during the opening of the 115th US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 3, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Obama defends legacy in letter to American people

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The White House releases the president s letter along with reports from each of his cabinet secretaries describing the progress made since Obama took office 8 years ago with the world s largest economy spiralling towards depression

SUMMIT. US President Barack Obama heads to Paris to attend the 195-nation UN climate summit. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Duterte impersonates Trump, shares their conversation

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Duterte claims Trump told him You re doing great I know what your worry [is] about these Americans criticizing you You re doing good go ahead

CHUMMY WITH TRUMP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to United States of America President-elect Donald Trump on the phone on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

WATCH: Obama urges 'course correction' on globalization

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED When we see people global elites wealthy corporations seemingly living by a different set of rules avoiding taxes manipulating loopholes this feeds a profound sense of injustice Obama says

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference with the Greek prime minister (not seen) after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on November 15, 2016.  Yorhos Karahalis/Pool/AFP

Obama in Europe to reassure allies

Nov 15, 2016 - 6:10 PM

With Europeans worried by Trump s downplaying of the importance of the NATO alliance Obama says Washington had to resist the urge of isolationism

US President Barack Obama and his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos (L) review a presidential honor guard during the official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens on November 15, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Clinton touts optimism against Trump's grim warnings

Nov 05, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Trump doubles down on his attacks on Clinton as a product of a venal and incompetent establishment while Clinton headlines an optimistic concert spectacular featuring superstar singer Beyonce

Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, and Jay-Z during a Get Out The Vote concert st Wolstein Center on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton, Trump court the undecided as campaign grinds on

Nov 05, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Where enthusiasm is lacking the 69 year old former secretary of state and the 70 year old property mogul are trying to manufacture it or at least rile up their supporters against the other side

This combination of pictures shows US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Atkinson, New Hampshire on November 4, 2016 and US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 3, 2016. Mandel Ngan and Jewel Samad/AFP

Duterte to Obama: 'Get dictionary to know meaning of dignity'

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:43 PM

Sabi ko putang ina kayo Leche ninyo Putang ina talaga kayo because you violated our dignity as a Filipino people

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte encourages the Filipinos to assert their rights especially when dealing with corrupt public officials during his meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on the night of October 19. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Race narrowing as Clinton, Trump push into final weekend

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:16 PM

As the candidates jostle for supremacy two of the biggest prizes on the electoral map Florida and North Carolina are now dead heats according to RealClearPolitics poll aggregates

US ELECTIONS. This combination of pictures created on November 03, 2016 shows US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Tempe, Arizona, on November 2, 2016 and US Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump in Warren, Michigan on October 31, 2016. Photos by Jeff Kowalsky, Jewel Samad/ AFP

US presidential race tightens, Clinton still ahead

Nov 04, 2016 - 12:05 AM

A CBS New York Times survey shows Clinton leading 45 to her Republican rival s 42 with the vast majority of supporters saying their minds are made up

HEADING TO ARIZONA. US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boards her campaign plane in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 3, 2016. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

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Nov 03, 2016 - 8:07 PM

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Obama: Fate of world in U.S. voters' hands

Nov 03, 2016 - 7:47 AM

UPDATED Hillary Clinton is ahead in most polls but a last minute surge by Donald Trump delights US foes nauseates allies and winds global financial markets

FINAL SHOWDOWN. This file photo taken on September 25, 2016 shows a combination of images showing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Roanoke, Virginia on September 24, 2016 and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton September 21, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. AFP photos

Trump booed in NY, assailed by Obama

Oct 21, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Trump is booed at a white tie fundraiser for Catholic charities in New York where he and Clinton fresh off their bruising final debate in Las Vegas take part in what is supposed to be a friendly roast

TRUMP AND CLINTON. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughs at as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tells a joke during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at Waldorf Astoria October 20, 2016 in New York, New York. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Obama calls for 'big' win to repudiate 'dangerous' Trump

Oct 21, 2016 - 12:51 PM

When you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people s minds about the legitimacy of our election that undermines our democracy says President Barack Obama

'NOT A JOKING MATTER.' US President Barack Obama calls for a big Democratic win to repudiate Donald Trump's 'dangerous' claims of a rigged vote. File photos by AFP

How to make the US-Vietnam relationship great again

May 24, 2016 - 10:14 AM

As President Barack Obama visits Vietnam some unfinished business remains This includes Vietnam s failing human rights record and incomplete transition to a true market economy

US-VIETNAM TIES. US President Barack Obama (L) and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on May 23, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Obama announces new steps to fight painkiller epidemic

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:23 PM

Forty Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses according to the US Centers for Disease Control

BARACK OBAMA. US President Barack Obama looks on as he delivers the keynote address at the awards dinner for Syracuse University's Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, USA, March 28, 2016. Photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

Obama: Give Supreme Court pick 'respect he has earned'

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Republicans fear Garland will tip the court s even balance toward liberals They have vowed to refuse him even a Senate confirmation hearing

When a US vs Cuba baseball game is bigger than politics

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Cuba s national baseball team is lining up for perhaps its most important not to mention stressful game ever with visiting US President Barack Obama and possibly President Raul Castro in the stadium

PLAY BALL. A general view of the baseball stadium being prepared for the match between the Cuban baseball national team and the Tampa Bay Rays in Havana, Cuba. EPA/ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA

Obama says high court pick respected on 'both sides of the aisle'

Mar 17, 2016 - 12:32 AM

Little known to the US public Garland is the chief judge of the US court of Appeals for the DC District and held out by Obama as uniquely prepared to serve in the Supreme Court after the vacancy left by the death of justice Antonin Scalia

SUPREME COURT NOMINEEE. US President Barack Obama (R) and US Vice President Joe Biden (L) applaud Obama's nominee to the United States Supreme Court; Merrick Garland (C), Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit; in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, March 16, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Obama calls on candidates to reject 'insults', 'violence'

Mar 13, 2016 - 1:34 AM

The outgoing US president warns White House contenders to avoid fanning tensions through insults and incendiary language following a Trump rally that was called off amid violent scuffles

US President Barack Obama. File photo from the White House

America's passion for guns intact as shooting toll rises

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:51 AM

In a country where there are more guns than people and with Republicans vying to take back the White House it remains to be seen what will change

Republicans unite to block Obama on Supreme Court pick

Feb 14, 2016 - 11:24 AM

The 6 challengers for the Republican nomination shared the stage in Greenville South Carolina for their final debate for the state s presidential primary on February 20

GOP DEBATE. Republican Presidential Candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, US Senator from Texas Ted Cruz, Businessman Donald Trump, US Senator from Florida Marco Rubio and Neurosurgeon Ben Carson onstage during the Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, February 13, 2016. Erik S. Lesser/EPA

White House wants $1B to fund cancer 'moonshot'

Feb 02, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Already 195 million has been allocated to the National Institutes of Health so that work on new cancer research can begin immediately

This file photo taken on January 23, 2016 shows US Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a press conference with the Turkish prime minister after their round table meeting in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

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Jan 18, 2016 - 6:36 PM

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Jan 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Obama to tackle 'unfinished business' of gun violence in 2016

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Obama says: My New Year s resolution is to move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can That s especially true for our epidemic of gun violence

OBAMA'S RESOLUTION. US President Barack Obama says the 'epidemic of gun violence' is among his 'unfinished business' in office. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Dec 15, 2015 - 1:14 PM

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Climate deal a diplomatic coup for France

Dec 13, 2015 - 8:52 AM

From the gourmet tofu sandwiches to the subtle handling of negotiations the French hosts of the UN climate conference have been showered with praise

France's President Francois Hollande speaks during the press conference on climate change with French farmer organizations, ahead of the COP 21 conference at the Palais de Marigny in Paris, France, 20 November 2015. Photo by Michel Euler/EPA

Obama: Historic accord could mark 'turning point' for global warming

Dec 13, 2015 - 7:20 AM

The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the climate agreement in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, on 12 December 2015, Photo by Dennis Brack/EPA

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Nov 18, 2015 - 6:22 PM

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Obama vows to 'redouble' fight against Islamic State jihadists

Nov 15, 2015 - 7:35 PM

Obama says the US and Turkey agreed to show solidarity with France after the shooting and bombing assaults

VIOLENCE. Obama denounces the shooting and bombing assaults in Paris on Friday and a double suicide bombing in Ankara on October 10. Photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

US, Saudi leaders to meet after Paris attacks

Nov 15, 2015 - 5:30 PM

The US and Saudi leaders plan to meet on the sidelines of a two day summit of the Group of 20 top economies

PARIS ATTACKS. Wounded people are evacuated outside the scene of a hostage situation at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Indonesia gov’t denies paying PR company to gain White House access

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:26 PM

The Government of Indonesia did not employ the services of lobbyists for the preparation of the President s visit to the US

ISU LOBI. Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi memberikan keterangan pada pers, Sabtu, 7 November 2015. Ia membantah isu penggunaan pelobi untuk membuka akses antara Presiden Joko Widodo dengan Presiden Barack Obama. Foto oleh Sigid Kurniawan/Antara

Who is the 31-year-old entrepreneur part of Jokowi's US entourage?

Oct 28, 2015 - 4:59 PM

Nadiem Makarim is a young Harvard graduate and the founder of what might be called the Uber of the motorcycle world

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Jokowi cuts US trip short to attend to haze crisis

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The Palace confirmed that President Joko Widodo is canceling the San Francisco leg of his trip due to the complaints from the public on the impact of the haze on their health

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Jokowi in US: Obama to host White House welcome

Oct 26, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Furniture salesman turned president Joko Widodo makes his maiden visit to Washington exactly a year after taking office

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

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Oct 14, 2015 - 7:22 PM

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Pope at UN to speak out for the poor and the planet

Sep 25, 2015 - 3:12 PM

Making his first address to the UN General Assembly Pope Francis will set the tone for an anti poverty summit where leaders will adopt ambitious new global development goals for the next 15 years

POPE FRANCIS AND THE UN. Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly September 25 and the UN Development Summit and General Assembly will take place from September 25 through October 3, with more than 150 heads of state in attendance. Photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

Hillary Clinton defends Iran nuclear accord

Sep 10, 2015 - 12:04 AM

As top US diplomat from 2009 to 2013 Clinton played a key role in Obama s policy toward Iran which blended toughness with negotiation

File photo by Paul Zinken/EPA

US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen

Jul 01, 2015 - 11:53 AM

2nd UPDATE Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchange letters agreeing to unfreeze ties on July 20 when embassies in Washington and Havana can be reopened

'HISTORIC STEP FORWARD.' Chief of Mission at the US Interests Section in Havana Jeffrey DeLaurentis (L) meets Cuban interim Foreign Minister, Marcelo Medina (R). DeLaurentis  delivers a letter from US President Barack Obama sent to Cuban President Raul Castro about resuming of diplomatic relationships between both countries. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA