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  • Nov 21, 2014
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Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first black US president. He defeated Republican rival John McCain in the general election of 2008, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate in October 2009. He was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney. 

Can Obama succeed where past presidents failed and boost Iran ties?

As US President Barack Obama's second term winds down, he is getting closer than his immediate predecessors to the goal of improving US relations with Iran. But he's not there yet, and plenty stands in the way.

Thursday, 20 November, 2014, 5:05am 2 comments

Chinese passport holders gain from US visa deal

US President Barack Obama, whose popularity at home is sinking, looked outwards instead last week to strike two major deals with China - co-operation on climate change and visa extensions for mainland citizens.

17 Nov 2014 - 8:57am 1 comment

At G20 summit, Obama warns against Asia-Pacific bullying, in message to China

US President Barack Obama sent a veiled warning to Beijing as he spoke out against bullying in the Asia-Pacific yesterday. He said his country would renew its commitment to the strategic pivot to the region.

16 Nov 2014 - 6:17am 43 comments

Five million illegal immigrants poised to get protection thanks to Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama is poised to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield up to five million immigrants living illegally in the United States against deportation, according to advocates close to the White House.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:15pm

Barring Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar presidency ‘doesn’t make much sense’

Barack Obama mounted a warm show of support for Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing opposition to a constitutional rule that prevents her becoming president.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:09pm 3 comments

US President Barack Obama to reignite reforms during Myanmar visit

Barack Obama landed in Myanmar as it hosted its biggest gathering of world leaders since shedding junta rule, but concerns over the pace of democratic reforms surfaced immediately.

14 Nov 2014 - 9:35am

US Republican leader slams climate target agreement as ‘unrealistic plan’

The US Senate’s Republican leader on Tuesday slammed President Barack Obama’s proposed greenhouse gas reductions as an “unrealistic plan.”

12 Nov 2014 - 7:20pm 5 comments

Barack Obama sides with consumers over equal broadband download speeds

US President Barack Obama has embraced a radical change in how the government treats internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering US cable giants.

12 Nov 2014 - 7:22pm

Rival US power brokers Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson issue warnings to their parties

The billionaire political kingmakers planning to bankroll much of the 2016 presidential campaign have put aside their differences to speak out together with blunt warnings on key issues for their respective parties.

11 Nov 2014 - 4:54am

Buck stops with me over midterm poll losses, admits Obama

US President Barack Obama has taken responsibility for his party's crushing defeat in last week's midterm elections.

11 Nov 2014 - 4:25am

Sino-US tension amid the Apec summit pomp

President Xi Jinping will welcome US President Barack Obama for his first trip to Beijing since 2009 with all the pomp of a state visit. Fireworks will later open a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

10 Nov 2014 - 7:33pm 6 comments

Obama picks first black woman - and 'Washington outsider' as next attorney general

President Barack Obama has chosen "tough and fair" federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next US attorney general, selecting a Washington outsider as a test amid a power shift in the Senate.

9 Nov 2014 - 7:22am

Republicans plan to use dominance of Congress to target Obamacare

Republicans will use their new dominance of the US Congress to repeal or cut back President Barack Obama's health care reforms, approve an oil pipeline from Canada and trim the nation's debt, John Boehner said.

8 Nov 2014 - 3:29am

Obama writes to Iran’s Ali Khamenei about Islamic State fight, nuclear pact

In a rare outreach to Iran’s leader, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq, according to diplomatic sources.

8 Nov 2014 - 3:31am

Barack Obama calls for end to US gridlock after Republican victories

After a stinging rebuke at the polls, US President Barack Obama vowed to respond to the frustrations of the American electorate by using his final two years to forge compromises with newly empowered congressional Republicans.

7 Nov 2014 - 5:36am 3 comments