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IS losing ground but continues to inspire attacks: Obama

Washington, Aug.5 : Admitting that efforts to find a solution to the Syria crisis are turning his hair grey, U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Islamic State (IS) group is losing ground in the Middle East but it continues to inspire attacks around the world.

Obama at a press briefing in Washington after meeting top military and security officials at the Pentagon said, "Two years ago ISIL was racing across Iraq to the outskirts of Baghdad itself and to many observers ISIL looked invincible."

"[But] in both Iraq and Syria, ISIL has not been able to reclaim any significant territory that they have lost. Even ISIL's leaders know they're going to keep losing," abc.net.au quoted Obama, as saying.

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Obama says Trump 'unfit' to be President

Washington, Aug 3 : US President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "unfit" to serve as President and lambasted Republicans for sticking with the businessman-turned-politician.

The strong rebuke came after Trump's criticism of the family of a slain Muslim US soldier, along with comments that displayed apparent confusion related to the Russian incursion into Ukraine, CNN reported.

"The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as President," Obama said at a White House news conference with the Prime Minister of Singapore. "He keeps on proving it."

The Trump campaign responded by going after the Democratic nominee as well as the President.

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President Barack Obama considers PM Narendra Modi good friend: White House

Washington: US President Barack Obama considers Prime Minister Narendra Modi a good friend and the two countries have collaborated on a number of projects, the White House said on Friday.

"We are in close contact with the government of India. President Obama considers Prime Minister Modi a good friend. We've collaborated on a number of projects," White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at his daily press conference.

Schultz was responding to a question on Chinese aggressive behaviour on South China Sea.

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Hillary most qualified to lead the US, says Obama

Philadelphia, July 28 : "There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton), more qualified to be president", declared US President Barack Obama while endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination on Wednesday night.

Making a surprise appearance at the ongoing Democratic National Convention here, Obama praised his one-time rival, Clinton, whom he defeated eight years ago, as the candidate who could accomplish all that needs yet to be done.

He proudly listed his achievements and said more was needed to be accomplished and Hillary Clinton was the leader to do it.

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Obama warns Trump could win, slams his ignorance of the world

Washington, July 28 : US President Barack Obama has said there was a possibility of Republican Party nominee Donald Trump becoming his successor and warned that the real-estate magnate lacks a basic knowledge of the world and "doesn't seem to have an interest in learning".

"Anything is possible," Efe news quoted Obama as telling The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie when asked if Trump could be elected in November.

"What I think is scary is a President who doesn't know their stuff and doesn't seem to have an interest in learning what they don't know," the head of state said in the interview that NBC aired on Wednesday morning.

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Obama dismisses accusations of U.S. involvement in Turkey coup attempt

Washington, July 23 : U S President Barack Obama has dismissed Turkey's persistent speculation that Washington was behind the failed military coup there, saying that the rumors threatened the safety of Americans in the country and could damage bilateral ties.

"Any reports that we had any previous knowledge of a coup attempt, that there was any U.S. involvement in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish democracy are completely false, unequivocally false," said President Obama at a news conference at the White House.

A few days earlier, Turkey's Labor Minister, Suleyman Soylu, who is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told a television station that "America is behind the coup," reports the New York Post.

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Obama administration taken aback by Pakistan permitting Hafiz Saeed's anti-India rally

Washington, July 22 : The U.S. administration has taken serious note of Pakistan permitting Jama'at-ud-Da'wah leader Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist wanted by the United States and with a bounty of USD 10 million on his head for information leading to his arrest and conviction for involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, to openly lead an anti-India rally of his supporters from Lahore to Islamabad on July 19.

Saeed led a Pakistan government call to observe July 19 as a "Black Day", apparently to draw attention to the "burning issue of Kashmir ".

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Condemning Baton Rouge attack, Obama calls for unity

Cleveland (Ohio, US), July 18 : Condemning the killing of three police officers and injury to three others during a gun shooting spree in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, President Barack Obama said violence against law enforcement is violence against the nation and called on Americans to "temper our words and open our hearts."

"We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible. We don't need inflammatory rhetoric. We don't need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda," CNN quoted President Obama, as saying.

He also underscored the dangers that the police face while performing their duties every day.

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Barack Obama speaks to Francois Hollande, offers help in terror attack probe

Washington: US President Barack Obama Friday spoke with his French counterpart Francois Hollande and offered "significant security cooperation" in the probe into the terror attack in Nice as he condoled the loss of innocent lives in the carnage.

"President Obama had an opportunity earlier today to telephone President Hollande and relay his condolences to the people of France on behalf of the American people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

"France is after all our oldest ally. So it should be no surprise that President Obama didn't just offer condolences, he offered significant security cooperation and any assistance that they need to conduct their investigation and to take steps to try to prevent something like this from happening again," Earnest said.

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Dallas shooting: Obama to cut short his Europe trip

Washington D. C., July 9 : United States President Barack Obama will cut short his four-day trip to Europe and return to Washington, following the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Obama will travel to Dallas early next week at the invitation of Mayor Mike Rawlings, and devote most of his week, addressing the racial and policing issues raised by the events of the past few days.

Obama will skip his day of sightseeing and troop visits in southern Spain and instead meet with Spanish officials in Madrid on Sunday. He will return to Washington Sunday night, a day ahead of schedule.

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Obama administration offers help to probe Dhaka terror attack

Washington D. C., July 6 :The Obama administration has offered to extend all possible help to Bangladesh to investigate last Thursday's brutal terror attack in national capital Dhaka, which left at least 20 persons dead, including one Indian.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry wasted no time in offering help to Bangladesh to investigate those behind the killing at a Dhaka restaurant on the holiest day in the Islamic calendar.

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Donald Trump is not speaking for broad base of the country: Barack Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's record low favourability ratings show that he does not have a broad-based support within the country.

In an interview to National Public Radio, Obama cited Trump's high negative rating to prove his point.

"I think it's pretty hard to argue that somebody who almost three-quarters of the country thinks is unqualified to be president and has a negative opinion about is tapping into the zeitgeist of the country or is speaking for a broad base of the country. But we'll find out," Obama said.

Latest opinion polls indicate that Trump is trailing behind Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee, by more than 10 points.

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If invited for GES, would try to stop by India: Barack Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that he might visit India next year if invited for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

"I'll try to stop by if I'm invited," Obama said in his address to GES at Stanford University in California.

GES is a personal initiative of Obama to bring entrepreneurs from across the globe on one platform.

After meeting Obama at the White House early this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would host the next GES.

The Obama Administration has thanked India for continuing Obama's legacy.

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US Supreme Court blocks White House's immigration plan

Washington, June 24 : US Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a heavy blow to the White House's immigration programme by unable to come to a decision on a lower court's ruling that blocked the programme.

By voting 4-4, the Supreme Court on Thursday left in place a previous ruling by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeal against US President Barack Obama's controversial immigration executive action in 2014, Xinhua reported.

Speaking at the White House, Obama called the Supreme Court's deadlocked decision "frustration to those who seek to grow our economy and bring a rationality to our immigration system".

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After China's backhand, U.S. reiterates call for support to India's NSG membership

Washington D. C., June 21 : With China playing a dampener saying that India's admission to the elite Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) is not on the agenda of the grouping which began its plenary session in Seoul yesterday, the Unites States has called on the participating governments of the NSG to support India's application.

State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing that the US has not changed its stand regarding India's membership in the elite group.

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