WHITE HOUSE

  • Barack Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages 5 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of US policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of US citizens taken hostage by the Islamic...
  • West Africa nowhere near end of Ebola crisis: Barack Obama 5 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that West Africa was still "nowhere near out of the woods" in its fight against Ebola. Obama spoke on Tuesday at the White House while meeting with his national security and public health teams on Ebola, Xinhua reported. "As long as the outbreak continues...
  • US, China reach 'understanding' on IT tariff cuts: White House November 11, 2014

    Beijing: The United States and China have "reached an understanding" on an agreement to reduce tariffs on information technology trade, the White House said, in what Washington called a boost to WTO efforts to slash trade duties. Washington hopes the move would "contribute to a rapid conclusion" of negotiations in Geneva...
  • Japan to offer $100 million aid to Ebola-hit Africa November 7, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan will provide up to USD 100 million in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government said on Friday, after the United States called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the aid would come on top of USD 40 million...
  • Barack Obama to visit Asia Pacific region, may meet PM Modi November 4, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama will travel to China, Myanmar and Australia next week during a six-day trip to attend a series of key multilateral and bilateral meetings with foreign leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will attend APEC Summit in Beijing (November 10-12), East Asia Summit and US ASEAN...
  • Ebola: Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama October 24, 2014

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said that she felt "fortunate and blessed...
  • White House says US immigration plans not final yet October 23, 2014

    Washington: The White House cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to US immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five...
  • Washington: Man arrested after jumping White House fence October 23, 2014

    Washington: A 23-year-old man climbed over the White House fence and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, officials said. The intruder has been identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, a resident of Bel Air in Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest....
  • US offers assistance to Canada in wake of Ottawa shootings October 22, 2014

    Washington: The United States offered assistance to Canada on Wednesday in the wake of shootings at the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa, the White House said. Spokesman Josh Earnest said White House officials were working to arrange a phone call between President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to...
  • Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa to US October 17, 2014

    Washington: Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the US from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective. The administration spent the day trying anew to tamp...
  • White House rejects Netanyahu's criticism with withering response October 7, 2014

    Washington: The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years. Long-time strained relations between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu appeared to widen further after...
  • Hillary Clinton planning lengthy campaign push this month October 3, 2014

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton is hitting the campaign trail for Democrats this month. Clinton's lending her name and support in key races for Senate and governor as she considers another White House bid in 2016. The former secretary of state plans to campaign for Senate candidates in six states: Iowa, New Hampshire,...
  • Obama, Modi meet reflects depth of strong Indo-US ties: White House October 2, 2014

    Washington: Meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflects the "depth of strong relationship" between the two democracies of the world and their leaders, the White House has said. Modi wounded up his five-day-long visit and returned home "thanking America" and saying, it was a "successful...
  • Looking forward to turn vision of our partnership into a lasting reality: Modi's note in Visitor's Book of White House October 1, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who left the US after his five-day trip, expressed hope of working with President Barack Obama. Modi even wrote about his experience in the Visitor's Book of the White House. Modi wrote, "I look forward to working with President Obama to unite the people of our...
  • Saffron basmati rice, goat cheese and baby bell peppers, mango creme brulee: The menu at Barack Obama's private dinner for Narendra Modi at the White House September 30, 2014

    The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been observing Navratri fasts on his US trip. It was earlier reported that Barack Obama's private dinner in honour of Narendra Modi at the White House may include all vegetarian dishes and non-alcoholic drinks.The dinner menu wasn't entirely a vegetarian affair. Crisped Halibut...
  • In pics: US President Barack Obama hosts private dinner for PM Modi September 30, 2014

    On the last leg of his five-day US trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington for a private dinner on Tuesday. This was the first meeting between the two leaders and continued for nearly 90 minutes in the Blue Room of the...
  • Modi, Obama meet for dinner at White House, exchange anecdotes about first few days in office September 30, 2014

    Washington: On the last leg of his five-day US trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington for a private dinner on Monday night. This was the first meeting between the two leaders and continued for nearly 90 minutes in the Blue Room...
  • Can't recall such enthusiastic gathering outside White House: Indo-US analyst September 30, 2014

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Barack Obama in Washington's White House a good number of Indian-Americans have gathered outside the presidential house to catch a glimpse of PM. ...
  • Indian-Americans wait outside White House to catch a glimpse of PM Modi September 30, 2014

    An good number on Indian-Americans are waiting outside the White House to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. US President Barack Obama has hosted a private dinner for the PM. ...
  • 'Chalein saath saath: Forward together we go', US tells India September 30, 2014

    Washington: Once shunned by America, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the guest of honour at a private dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama ahead of their formal summit on Tuesday to reset stalled India-US relations. As Modi, fasting for the Hindu festival of Navratri, sat down with Obama in...
  • PM Modi's grand reception in New York reflects deep cultural ties: White House September 30, 2014

    Washington: The "rock-star" treatment given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the prestigious Madison Square Garden by some 20,000 Indian-American people is the reflective of the "deep cultural ties" between the two countries, the White House has said. "I think the strong turnout at that event and the enthusiastic reaction highlights...
  • Indian-Americans treat performers outside White House with samosas September 30, 2014

    As US President Barack Obama hosts private dinner for PM Narendra Modi, the people performing outside White House were treated with Indian delicacies like Samosa and vada. ...
  • Festival-like ambience outside White House as Obama hosts dinner for Modi September 30, 2014

    Indian Americans thronged White House ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with US President Barack Obama. They danced, they sang, they reveled as they waited to have a glimpse of their PM. ...
  • Barack Obama hosts dinner for Narendra Modi, Michelle gives it a miss September 30, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday hosted a private dinner for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House in Washington, ahead of their summit level talks. Modi was welcomed by Obama who greeted him in Gujarati, "Kem Chho?" (how are you?), the mother tongue of the Prime Minister. Set in...
  • Watch: Gujaratis perform Garba outside White House as they wait to catch Modi's glimpse September 30, 2014

    While US President Barack Obama hosted private dinner for PM Narendra Modi, garba dancers performed outside the White House as they waited to get a glimpse of Modi. ...
  • PM Modi enjoys immunity, cannot be issued summons, says US as India slams court order September 26, 2014

    New York: Visiting heads of State not only enjoy immunity from American lawsuits but also they cannot be personally served or handed court summons, the US said on Friday, a day after a court issued summons against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 communal violence...
  • Barack Obama exudes confidence in Secret Service to protect the First Family September 23, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has exuded confidence in the ability of the Secret Service to protect the First Family in the wake of two intrusions at the White House that raised concern over its security. "The Secret Service does a great job, and I'm grateful for the sacrifices that...
  • White House intruder had huge stash of ammunition, court hears September 23, 2014

    Washington: A homeless man who triggered a security alert when he jumped the White House fence and ran into the building with a knife had 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a court heard on Tuesday said. Former US Army soldier Omar Gonzalez, 42, was arrested on Friday after...
  • US, partner nations begin airstrikes in Syria: Pentagon September 23, 2014

    Washington: The US and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time on Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region. The strikes were part...
  • Modi to take only limewater, fruit; observe 'Navratri' fast during US visit September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: It will be only "fruits and lime water" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whether it is a dinner by US President Barack Obama or scores of other engagements including a breakfast with the leading American CEOs during his sixday visit to the US. The 64yearold leader has been keeping...