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Obama sending 275 US military personnel to Iraq

Obama sending 275 US military personnel to IraqNew York, June 17 : Around 275 military personnel are being deployed to Iraq on the orders of US President Barack Obama.

According to New York Daily News, the announcement came after Secretary of State John Kerry said the US could enlist the help of Iran, one of its staunchest enemies, to deal with the Al Qaeda-aligned militants who have seized several major Iraqi cities.

Obama said that the increased number of military personnel heading to Iraq would protect the US embassy in Baghdad and also other US interests in the conflict-prone nation.


US condemns attack on Russian Embassy in Kiev

US condemns attack on Russian Embassy in KievWashington: The US has criticised the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, and called on Ukraine to provide adequate security for the diplomatic mission.

"The United States condemns the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, and calls on the Ukrainian authorities to meet their Vienna convention obligations to provide adequate security," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

Secretary of State John Kerry also called Ukrainian Prime Minster Arseny Yatsenyuk and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over the latest developments in the region over the last few days.


Fathers play crucial role in society: Obama

Fathers play crucial role in society: ObamaWashington: Himself a proud father of two teenage daughters, US President Barack Obama on Father's Day today underscored the crucial role men play in society and asked dads to get more involved in their children's lives.

"I know how important it is to have a dad in your life, because I grew up without my father around. I felt the weight of his absence. So for Michelle (Obama) and our girls, I try every day to be the husband and father my family didn't have when I was young," Obama said in his weekly radio and web address to the nation.


Chelsea Clinton was paid $600k annually at NBC News

Chelsea Clinton was paid $600k annually at NBC NewsWashington, June 14 - Chelsea Clinton was paid 600k dollars at NBC News before she switched to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, according to reports.

A source spilled the beans that the network decided to keep the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, on the payroll on a month-to-month basis, so the two parties could sever ties if Clinton's mother, Hillary Clinton, runs for president, Politico reported.


Extradited Indian convicted in US murder trial

Chicago - An Indian-origin computer scientist, extradited from India to face trial in the US for a 2008 triple murder, was today found guilty of killing his wife and two children by slashing their throats.

After deliberating less than two hours, a stone-faced jury convicted Lakshminivasa Nerusu of three counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the slashing deaths of his wife and two children five years ago.

Nerusu, 46, who did not deny killing his family, showed no emotion as the five men and seven women on the jury were polled by Oakland County Circuit Judge Nanci Grant, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Some jurors were emphatic in their reiteration of Nerusu's guilt. He will be sentenced to life in prison without parole on July 3 by the court in Michigan.


US President Barack Obama in excellent health, says his physician

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama is in excellent health and is expected to stay that way for the rest of his term, his physician has said on the basis of results of medical tests conducted on him after a gap of three years.

"All clinical data indicates that the President is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency," said Dr Ronny L Jackson, Physician to the President, and Director White House Medical Unit, who performed the tests on Obama during the month of May.

"The President's previous physical examination was completed in October 2011. The examination focused on evidence-based health screening and disease prevention.


US condemns detention of civil rights activists in Cuba

US condemns detention of civil rights activists in CubaWashington: The US has condemned detention of civil rights activists in Cuba and appealed to the Cuban government to respect the universal human rights of its citizens.

"We have seen reports of the latest arbitrary detentions by Cuban authorities of dozens of civil society members and activists, including prominent pro-democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, also known as 'Antunez', his wife, Yris Perez Aguilera, Ladies in White spokesperson Berta Soler, and her husband, Angel Moya," US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said.


US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday

US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on FridayWashington: Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday, a defense official said.

The official, who spoke today on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke and to spend an undetermined period there in further recuperation.


US Supreme Court rejects Rajat Gupta's last bid to avoid jail

US Supreme Court rejects Rajat Gupta's last bid to avoid jailNew York: India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta will have to report to jail on June 17 to begin his two-year sentence on insider trading charges after the US Supreme Court rejected his last-ditch bid to stay out of prison while he appealed his conviction.

Gupta, convicted in 2012 of passing confidential board room information to his friend and business associate Raj Rajaratnam, is scheduled to begin his prison term on Tuesday.


Underwent "trial run" for daughter's graduation event: Obama

Underwent "trial run" for daughter's graduation event: ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama has undergone a "trial run" to avoid "choking up and crying" during the graduation ceremony of his eldest daughter Malia, due in two years.

Obama, who was at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony in Massachusetts yesterday, said one of the reason he was at the event was to get himself familiar with the proceedings.


US will provide all assistance to Iraq: White House

US will provide all assistance to Iraq: White HouseWashington: The US has said that it will provide all appropriate assistance to the government of Iraq to assist it in their common fight against the Islamist militants who have overrun its two major cities, Mosul and Tikrit.

"The situation in Iraq is grave and we're actively working with Iraqi leaders in support of their efforts to implement an effective and coordinated response to address this crisis," said White House deputy Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.


Immigration reform not impossible: Obama

Immigration reform not impossible: ObamaWashington: Rejecting the opinion that immigration reform is impossible, US President Barack Obama has urged the Congress to pass the legislation in this regard which when signed into law would pave the way for citizenship to some 11 million undocumented people.

"It's interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts, and some of the conventional wisdom talks about, oh, the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now. I fundamentally reject that," Obama said at a fund raiser event in Weston Massachusetts.


Immigration reform not impossible: Obama

Immigration reform not impossible: ObamaWashington: Rejecting the opinion that immigration reform is impossible, US President Barack Obama has urged the Congress to pass the legislation in this regard which when signed into law would pave the way for citizenship to some 11 million undocumented people.

"It's interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts, and some of the conventional wisdom talks about, oh, the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now. I fundamentally reject that," Obama said at a fund raiser event in Weston Massachusetts.


US lawmakers call for protection of minority rights in B'desh

US lawmakers call for protection of minority rights in B'deshWashington: Expressing concern over the deteriorating condition of minority rights, American lawmakers have urged Bangladeshi Government to protect fundamental human rights of the religious minorities in the country.

In a 'dear colleague' letter, addressed to the Secretary of State, John Kerry, lawmakers Tulsi Gabbard and Aaron Schock said that promoting a stable and democratic Bangladesh is important to US economic, political and security interests in the South Asia region.


'Adorkable' new geek word added to Collins English Dictionary

'Adorkable' new geek word added to Collins English DictionaryWashington, June 11 : The new geek word " Adorkable" has been included in the Collins English Dictionary, it has been revealed.

The Dictionary held a contested vote for a geeky innovative word that would earn a spot in the book and people voted massively through Twitter to make the word 'adorkable' the winner, CNet reported.

The definition of the word given in the dictionary is "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way".

The word received around 30 percent of votes beating out the word felfie's that earned 22 percent. (ANI)


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