Barack Obama

  • Indian-American hotelier Sant Chatwal pleads guilty to violating US election laws 18-04-2014 08:42 AM

    New York: Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal on Thursday pleaded guilty at a court in US to violating federal election laws by using straw donors to secretly funnel money to political campaigns and will pay a million dollars to the US as part of his plea agreement. "Chatwal admitted that...
  • Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks 16-04-2014 04:18 PM

    Kramatorsk/Slaviansk: Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future. Government troops drove seven armoured personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag into the town...
  • US plans to allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America 08-04-2014 05:26 PM

    Washington: Spouses of H-1B visa holders with technical skills may be allowed to work in the US under a new initiative by the Obama administration to attract the best and brightest from across the world. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches 05-04-2014 11:48 AM

    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order...
  • Obama names Indian-American as alternate IMF director 04-04-2014 10:57 AM

    President Barack Obama is nominating Sunil Sabharwal, an independent Indian American investor in the payments sector, to a key job as US Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund. "I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I'm confident they will serve ably...
  • Samsung uses Obama-David Ortiz selfie for promotion; White House unhappy 04-04-2014 10:22 AM

    Washington: The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone. Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says in this...
  • Obama scores victory with 7 million healthcare signups 02-04-2014 11:25 AM

    President Barack Obama claimed a major victory as over seven million people signed up for medical insurance under his signature healthcare law at the end of the six-month open enrollment period. After a floundering start marked by computer glitches galore at its October launch, government run health market place saw...
  • US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns 31-03-2014 09:46 PM

    New Delhi: In a sudden development, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell has resigned from her post, days after media speculation that she may be shipped out. "US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell announced in a US Mission Town Hall meeting on March 31 that she has submitted her...
  • North Korea fires missiles as US, Japan, South Korea leaders meet 26-03-2014 11:20 AM

    North Korea fired missiles into the sea on Wednesday just as US President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss how to deal with Pyongyang and to thaw chilly ties between Washington's two key Asian allies. The launch of the two medium-range Rodong ballistic...
  • Obama honours American WWI dead at Flanders Field 26-03-2014 11:12 AM

    Wesley Creech could no longer hide the darkness of his thoughts as he longed for his wife Carzetta and 5-month-old daughter Marie: "If I never see you and Marie any more in this life I hope to meet you in a Better Place," he wrote in a letter on Aug....
  • Pakistan again seeks US intervention on Kashmir 24-03-2014 07:30 PM

    Pakistan on Monday once again sought US intervention in settling the Kashmir dispute complaining that India was hesitant whenever it wanted to talk on the vexed issue. Speaking to accompanying Pakistani journalists after holding a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Hague, on the sidelines of...
  • Russian Upper House approves annexation of Crimea 21-03-2014 03:00 PM

    Moscow: The upper house of the Russian parliament has approved Moscow's annexation of Crimea. The Federation Council voted unanimously to incorporate Crimea after Sunday's hastily called Crimean referendum, in which residents of the Black Sea peninsula overwhelmingly backed breaking off from Ukraine and joining Russia. Ukraine and the West have...
  • Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation 21-03-2014 12:28 AM

    US President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region. Moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against senior US politicians in retaliation against visa...
  • It was a pretty cheap stunt: President Obama on Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie 20-03-2014 04:02 PM

    Los Angeles: President Barack Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres for using "a bunch of celebrities" to break his record for most retweets in an appearance on the comedienne's chat show. DeGeneres's selfie, taken from the audience during her Oscar hostig gig, broke the President's election night record for most retweeted tweet...
  • Michelle and the girls are on their way to China. It's very lonely at home: Barack Obama 20-03-2014 11:04 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that he feels a little lonely at home as the US First Lady and his two daughters Sasha and Malia are off to China. As such, he told a White House audience, he plans to watch the movie 'Cesar Chavez: An American Her'...
  • After EU, US also announces sanctions against Russian officials 17-03-2014 08:38 PM

    In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the US assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine. The Treasury Department also is imposing...
  • Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote, West readies sanctions 17-03-2014 01:43 PM

    Simferopol/Kiev: Crimea's Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favour of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions. As state media in Russia carried a startling reminder of its power to turn the United States to "radioactive ash",...
  • Barack Obama's daughter Malia absolutely loved his appearance on 'Between Two Ferns', satire talk show gets 15 million hits 15-03-2014 11:30 AM

    New York: President Barack Obama's appearance on the 'Between Two Ferns' satirical online talk show this week has reached 15 million views almost at Justin Bieber levels. The website Funny or Die said Friday that Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis, posted Tuesday, will likely beat Bieber's record of 17.8 million...
  • Mark Zuckerberg phoned Barack Obama to complain about NSA spying 14-03-2014 06:30 AM

    New York: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the US government's surveillance programs. Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that he's been "confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of...
  • Barack Obama shops for wife and daughters at Gap, says his goal was to make sure that he 'didn't completely screw up' 13-03-2014 11:04 AM

    President Barack Obama took on a daunting task on Tuesday: shopping for clothes for his wife and daughters during a brief stop at a Gap store while raising money for Democrats in New York. Obama was in New York to attend fundraisers aimed at building up campaign war chests for...
  • Negative image of US in Islamic world has been toned down: Rashad Hussain 12-03-2014 05:06 PM

    The 'negative' image of US in the Islamic world has been substantially 'toned down' during the tenure of President Barack Obama, US Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Rashad Hussain said on Wednesday. "President Obama had from the very beginning of his tenure tried to put in...
  • India and US can accomplish a lot together: Barack Obama 11-03-2014 01:51 PM

    Welcoming new Indian ambassador Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, US President Barack Obama told him that the two countries could accomplish a lot together. Obama also wished Jaishankar success in his responsibilities as he presented his credentials to the president at the Oval Office of the White House Monday, according to the Indian...
  • The 26 wildest selfies of all time: Starring Barack Obama, a fighter jet pilot, Ellen Degeneres and the Pope 11-03-2014 09:29 AM

    The Oscar selfie that broke the Internet was only a culmination of a trend celebrities have taken to bizarre depths. The Pope posed with young people for a papal selfie. The great-great-great grandchildren of author Charles Dickens reportedly took a selfie with his statue on his 202nd birthday. The selfie...
  • Canadian PM Stephen Harper bets beer case over hockey with Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the US President is yet to pay up 10-03-2014 02:23 PM

    The United States defused a brewing, and cordial, crisis with Canada on Friday, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper joked that Barack Obama has yet to deliver the beer he promised if the US hockey teams lost to Canada in the Olympics. The White House responded the president does not welsh...
  • Obama to meet Ukrainian PM on Wednesday 10-03-2014 12:18 PM

    President Barack Obama will meet this week with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the White House said Sunday, in a prominent show of US support for Ukraine's fledgling new government. Vice President Joe Biden cut short his trip to Latin America, nixing a planned stop in the Dominican Republic so...
  • Obama to deliver beer to Canada PM, after losing hockey bet 08-03-2014 12:13 PM

    The United States defused a brewing, and cordial, crisis with Canada on Friday, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper joked that Barack Obama has yet to deliver the beer he promised if the US hockey teams lost to Canada in the Olympics. The White House responded the president does not welsh...
  • Jindal slams Obama, describes him as worst US president 08-03-2014 10:05 AM

    Washington: Preparing ground for his potential presidential run in 2016, Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has slammed Barack Obama as the worst President in history and took a dig at his inability to stop Russia from invading Ukraine. "To President Carter, I want to issue a sincere apology. It is...
  • Crimea votes to leave Ukraine, join Russia, Obama orders sanctions 07-03-2014 07:19 AM

    Ukraine lurched toward breakup on Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia. Speaking from the White House, Obama...
  • Russia on 'wrong side of history': Obama on Ukraine 04-03-2014 01:08 PM

    US President Barack Obama has said Russia was on the "wrong side of history" and its invasion in Ukraine was an attack on sovereignty of a nation, warning that he was considering economic and diplomatic options to punish Moscow if it didn't reverse course quickly. Obama asserted that America's interest...
  • Putin builds up armor near Crimea, Russian assets plummet 03-03-2014 05:17 PM

    Ukraine said Russia was building up armored vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water near the Ukrainian region of Crimea after President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade his neighbor, prompting a sell-off in Russian assets. Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington...