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  • Lawmakers intensify campaign for Modi to address US Congress 12-07-2014 10:40 AM

    Washington: Top American lawmakers have intensified their campaign to get Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to address a joint session of the US Congress when he visits the US in September. US President Barack Obama on Friday extended a formal invitation to Modi for a visit to the US, and expressed...
  • Jennifer Lopez posts selfie with Michelle Obama 12-07-2014 08:31 AM

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and US First Lady Michelle Obama posed for a selfie at a convention recently. The 'On The Floor' hitmaker introduced Obama as a speaker at the LULAC convention for the League of United Latin American Citizens and seized the opportunity to get a selfie with...
  • Barack Obama jumps queue at famous barbecue joint where no one cuts the line, but pays for the two people he jumped ahead of 11-07-2014 01:28 PM

    US President Barack Obama apologetically jumped the queue at a famous barbecue joint in Austin, where no one cuts the line, so he could order takeout for his official travel party and paid for the two people he jumped ahead of. After a campaign-style speech in Austin yesterday to raise...
  • Obama invites PM Modi to Washington in September 11-07-2014 01:17 PM

    New Delhi: The first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama is likely to take place in September. US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns who met Modi on Friday in New Delhi extended Obama's invitation to the Prime Minister. US Secretary of State...
  • Obama looking forward to meet Modi in September: US official 10-07-2014 09:45 PM

    New Delhi: President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September, which will be a "valuable opportunity" to renew the strategic partnership and spur trade between the two countries, a senior US official said on Thursday. US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns, who...
  • US warns of more sanctions against Russia 10-07-2014 09:33 AM

    Washington: The Obama administration on Wednesday threatened to slap additional sanctions against Russia "very soon", should Moscow fail to "change course" in eastern Ukraine. "We're ready to impose more costs, including targeted sector- specific sanctions, very soon if Russia does not decisively change course and break its support for separatists,"...
  • Top US diplomat headed to India ahead of strategic dialogue 09-07-2014 03:58 PM

    Washington: Deputy Secretary of William J Burns "will be the highest-level Administration official to visit since the inauguration of the new Indian Government" headed by Modi, who for long had been persona non grata in Washington before his "resounding" electoral victory in May. Burns, who will be in India July...
  • Immigration in America's DNA, Obama says 05-07-2014 08:11 AM

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Saturday called America's legacy as a country of immigrants part of the nation's "DNA," as members of the military community were sworn in as citizens at the White House. At a Fourth of July event marking the 238th anniversary of American independence, Obama praised the...
  • Modi greets US on its Independence Day 04-07-2014 10:55 PM

    New Delhi: On the occasion of US Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended greetings to the country and said he envisions a "bright future" for the bilateral relations. "Independence Day greetings to the people of USA. I envision a bright future for India-USA relations that will benefit...
  • US looking at 'reinvigorating' India-US relationship: Rhodes 04-07-2014 04:43 PM

    Washington: The US is excited about the prospect of "reinvigorating" Indo-US ties under the new Indian government and is looking forward to a meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a top White House official has said. Economy and trade, energy and climate change, counter- terrorism, regional...
  • Russia's Putin tells Obama he wants better ties 04-07-2014 04:07 PM

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin called for better relations with the United States on Friday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking US Independence Day. Relations are at their lowest ebb in years, soured by disagreements over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and by differences on human...
  • Barack Obama under pressure to visit US-Mexico border 04-07-2014 08:42 AM

    Washington: President Barack Obama is facing mounting calls from Republicans to take a firsthand look at the immigration emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, putting him on the spot concerning what he has called the "humanitarian crisis" of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding in from Central America. "If he...
  • NY memorial service to honor life of actress, activist Ruby Dee 02-07-2014 03:53 PM

    Reuters: Friends, family and fans of actress and activist Ruby Dee, who died last month at the age of 91, will honor her life and legacy at a memorial service in New York in September, a family spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Dee, who won acclaim in films, theater and television...
  • Photo: The iPhone cover design of the year goes to the guy who thought Barack Obama and Kim Jong-Un hugging would be great Photoshop. He was right. 01-07-2014 04:02 PM

    This is why the Internet is so cool. For people who live for strange things that go viral, the iPhone cover design of the year goes to the guy who thought Barack Obama and Kim Jong-Un hugging would be great Photoshop. He was right of course. The hilarious image was...
  • Iraq crisis: 500 US troops, including 180 military advisors in Baghdad 29-06-2014 06:28 PM

    As many as 500 US troops including 180 military advisors have been stationed in war-torn Iraq. Iraqi forces, meanwhile, claim that they have re-taken the city of Tikrit from ISIS control in a military offensive on Sunday. The Iraq air force launched air strikes on ISIS strongholds in the Anbar...
  • Iraqi parties pursue talks that could oust Maliki over insurgency 28-06-2014 04:42 PM

    Baghdad: Iraqi party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisive rule after a top Shi'ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country. Major powers are pushing for a new inclusive government,...
  • Star struck by Michelle Obama, says AR Rahman 28-06-2014 08:54 AM

    Two-times Academy and Grammy award winner AR Rahman, in a candid conversation with CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, talks about why he is star struck by the US First Lady, Michelle Obama. ...
  • Development in India and China adds to the CO2 emission: Obama 27-06-2014 03:32 PM

    Washington: The fast developing economies of India and China are adding to the emission of carbon dioxide, US President Barack Obama has said asking Americans to be ready and adopt more and more green technologies. "Hurricane Sandy may not be as unusual as it used to be. You see higher...
  • US forces flow into Baghdad to assess Iraq troops 25-06-2014 07:37 AM

    Washington: Nearly half of the roughly 300 US military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and have begun to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants, the Defense Department has said as the US increased aid to the besieged country....
  • Obamas give rare insight into pre-White House days 24-06-2014 12:43 PM

    Washington: Giving a rare insight into their pre-White House days, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have spoken about their family life when both of them were in jobs and found it tough to spend time together. "Barack was in Springfield; then he was in Washington. I was...
  • US should elect woman president as soon as possible: Michelle 24-06-2014 09:57 AM

    Washington: The US should elect a woman as president "as soon as possible" and the country is ready for it, First Lady Michelle Obama has said. Her remarks come at a time when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being seen as a strong 2016 presidential candidate of the...
  • US welcomes Syria's handing over of last chemical weapons 24-06-2014 07:37 AM

    Washington: The US has welcomed Syria's decision to hand over its last declared chemical weapons to international monitors, adding it will soon begin the destruction of the stockpiles. "The Syrian government's handover earlier today of the final tranche of its declared chemical stockpiles marks an important milestone in the effort...
  • Obama calls Putin to discuss Ukraine situation 24-06-2014 07:17 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to support peace and help de-escalate tension in Ukraine. "The (US) President spoke to President Putin and once again urged him to support peace instead of allowing the provision of arms and materiel across the border and continuing...
  • Kerry presses Maliki as Iraq loses control of Syrian, Jordanian borders 23-06-2014 06:45 PM

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq's prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. Sunni tribes took the Turaibil border crossing, the only legal crossing...
  • Militants blitz through Iraq's western desert 23-06-2014 07:44 AM

    Baghdad: Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad led by Nouri al-Maliki. The latest military victories including two border posts captured yesterday, one along the frontier with Jordan and...
  • Obama launches plan to save hardworking honey bees 22-06-2014 03:09 PM

    Washington: President Barack Obama has launched a determined effort to save some of America's busiest workers, the honey bees, crucial for the food industry and contributes a whopping USD 15 billion in value to agricultural crops. Obama has created a task force comprising various agencies to address the issue of...
  • Iraqi forces ready push after Obama offers advisers 21-06-2014 08:42 PM

    Baghdad: Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad on Friday, aiming to strike back at Sunni Islamists whose drive toward the capital prompted the United States to send military advisers to stiffen government resistance. Iraq's senior Shi'ite religious cleric issued a call for unity, saying Shi'ites and Sunnis should rally...
  • Iraq militants take border post with Syria 21-06-2014 07:37 PM

    Anbar: Sunni fighters seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier on Saturday, smashing a line drawn in 1932 by colonial powers and linking hundreds of miles of land they control to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran. The militants, led by the Islamic State in...
  • Lawmakers seek joint address to US Congress by PM Modi 21-06-2014 11:21 AM

    Washington: Two powerful American lawmakers on Friday sought a joint address to the US Congress by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he travels to Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama. While no dates for Modi's US visit have been announced, it is widely expected to be around the...