White House

  • Red carpet welcome awaits PM Narendra Modi in US 2 days ago

    Washington: The Obama Administration is leaving no stone unturned to woo Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden visit to the US which is expected to take the strategic bilateral relationship to the next level and unleash the potential of economic and trade ties. The administration here is gearing up to...
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms 3 days ago

    Washington: The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since...
  • White House insists Barack Obama authorized to strike IS 4 days ago

    Washington: The White House insisted that President Barack Obama was authorized to strike the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria under a law passed by Congress after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Obama believes he can act under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), despite previously calling...
  • US marks 13th anniversary of 9/11 attacks 5 days ago

    New York: Americans on Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, with somber ceremonies of remembrance in New York and Washington. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden observed a moment of silence on the White House south lawn, along with about...
  • Cyber threats among greatest national security dangers: US 6 days ago

    Washington: Terming Cyber threats as one of the greatest national security dangers, the US has said Obama administration has significantly enhanced government's capabilities to address this challenge. "Cyber threats pose one of the greatest national security dangers that the United States faces, ranging from vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure to...
  • White House doesn't believe slain US journalist was 'sold' to Islamic State 6 days ago

    Washington: The United States has no information indicating beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff was "sold" to Islamic State militants by moderate Syrian opposition rebels, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday. Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi told CNN on Monday night the family believed Islamic State paid up to $50,000...
  • Obama to address nation, spell out policy to tackle ISIS 6 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will address the nation on Wednesday night to spell out America's policy on ISIS terror group which has gained control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, threatening peace in the entire Middle East region. "What the President will talk about in the speech is...
  • Obama, Iraq's Abadi discuss Islamic State threat in call: White House 1 week ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama phoned Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday to discuss Washington's commitment to help Baghdad's new government fight Islamic State militants, the White House said. "The president and the prime minister agreed on the importance of having the new government quickly take concrete steps to address the...
  • Hillary Clinton says will decide White House run early 2015 September 6, 2014

    Mexico City: Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said today she would likely decide whether she will join the 2016 presidential race by the start of next year. Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, is widely expected to make another run for the White...
  • White House digs Obama's 'suit'-able tan August 30, 2014

    Washington: The White House on Saturday strongly defended Barack Obama's dress sense after the president faced some online disapproval for wearing a more informal tan-coloured suit at a news conference on Iran and Ukraine. It not only went viral on the social media, but Obama also faced some criticism for it...
  • Toddler squeezes through White House fence, causes brief commotion August 8, 2014

    Washington: A toddler squeezed through the White House fence, resulting in lock down of the residence of US President Barack Obama and a brief commotion among the Secret Service agents. The incident occurred on Thursday at around 8 pm (local time) when the toddler got away from his parents, squeezed...
  • All-clear given after security alert at White House entrance August 4, 2014

    Washington: The US Secret Service cleared Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House earlier on Monday and closed one of its gates for more than an hour after a bomb-sniffing dog alerted them to a car in a nearby garage. A USSS spokesman later said the all-clear was given at...
  • Bobby Jindal still mulling 2016 White House run July 16, 2014

    Washington: Louisiana's Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal will not make a decision about a White House run in 2016 until after November as he tries to make his Republican Party "stop being the stupid party". "We've said it's something we're thinking about, praying about. It's something we're considering. But we won't make...
  • US will deport child migrants July 8, 2014

    Washington: Most of the unaccompanied kids attempting to enter the United States through the southern border will not likely qualify for humanitarian relief and will be deported, the White House has said. "It's unlikely that most of the kids who go through this process will qualify for humanitarian relief, which...
  • ISIL poses serious security threat to Iraq, says White House July 4, 2014

    Washington: The ISIL which has gained control over a large part of Iraq and Syria poses serious security threat to the Iraq and Iraqi leadership should quickly come together to form a new government in the country, the White House has said. "The government formation process is not moving as...
  • Declaration of 'caliphate' in Iraq, Syria has 'no meaning': US July 1, 2014

    Washington: The United States on Tuesday said the declaration by Sunni militants of an "Islamic caliphate" on territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria has "no meaning." "We have seen these types of words from ISIL before," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to militants of the Islamic...
  • Modi surpasses White House in Twitter follower base June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the fourth most "followed" world leader on Twitter, has overtaken the White House in terms of number of followers on the micro blogging site, an annual global study of world leaders on Wednesday revealed. According to Twiplomacy, a study conducted by global public relations and...
  • Obamas give rare insight into pre-White House days June 24, 2014

    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 in...
  • Iraq crisis: Sending 300 military advisers to train Iraqi forces, says Obama June 19, 2014

    Washington: Holding back from more robust options, US President Barack Obama on Thursday said that he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the...
  • White House to host event to discuss state of working dads June 10, 2014

    Washington: In an endeavour to explore policies and best practices for men to maintain balance between work and family, the White House will hold an event to explore the state of "working dads". "We are hosting an event to explore the state of working dads, including the challenges dads...
  • We were 'dead broke' after White House, says Hillary Clinton June 9, 2014

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton's family was "dead broke" and saddled with legal bills when she and her husband left the White House, the former first lady said in an interview that aired on Monday. Republicans immediately seized on the comment and said it demonstrated that Clinton, the Democratic Party's strongest contender...
  • Obama defends deal that freed soldier amid growing demands for hearings June 4, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted. Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said the president...
  • Barack Obama discloses daughter attended first formal dance May 30, 2014

    Washington: A teenage rite of passage has come through the White House, with President Barack Obama disclosing daughter Malia recently attended her first prom, the formal end-of-year dance of US high school students. Obama wouldn't say whether his older daughter had a date or went with friends. He joked it's...
  • Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had private lunch at White House May 30, 2014

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton has slipped into the White House for a private lunch with President Barack Obama. The White House is confirming the president and his former secretary of state dined, just the two of them. But aides to both are keeping the details under wraps. The White House will...
  • Man walks up to US Secret Service personnel outside the White House, strips naked in bizarre form of protest May 24, 2014

    US Secret Service personnel sprang into action Friday outside the White House when a man stripped naked in what appeared to be a bizarre form of protest. On one of the hottest days of the year so far in the US capital, where temperatures hit at least 26 degrees Celsius (78...
  • Police arrest man who stripped naked outside the White House fence May 24, 2014

    Secret Service police on Friday arrested a man who stripped naked outside the White House fence and fought with officers. A Secret Service spokesman identified the man as Michel Bechard and said he was charged with assault and indecent exposure. Bechard had approached uniformed Secret Service officers at a White House security...
  • Narendra Modi is welcome to visit US: White House May 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After a historic win of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha elections, the White House on Friday said that Narendra Modi is welcome to visit the US. It also added that the US President Barack Obama would be reaching out to Modi. Obama also called and congratulated...
  • US supports journalists in reporting freely on countries: White House May 14, 2014

    The US supports the ability of journalists to freely report on countries around the world, the White House said on Wednesday on being asked about the Pakistan government's decision asking the two Indian journalists based in Islamabad to leave the country within a week. "Well, I'm not familiar with the specifics...
  • Barack Obama's daughters followed, White House locked down for 1 hour May 7, 2014

    Washington: Access to the White House complex was halted for about an hour on Tuesday after a vehicle followed a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daughters through the gates. Uniformed agents immediately stopped the vehicle after it trailed in behind the motorcade at about 4:40 pm EDT, the Secret Service said. The...
  • Monica Lewinsky speaks out on affair with Bill Clinton May 7, 2014

    Washington: Monica Lewinsky says there's no question her boss - Bill Clinton - "took advantage" of her when he was president. But she says their affair was consensual and if there was any abuse involved, it came afterward, when Clinton's inner circle tried to discredit her and the president's opponents used...