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Obama meets Dalai Lama

Washington, June 16 : US President Barack Obama on Wednesday met the Dalai Lama privately at the White House, a session that sparked anger among Chinese officials who accuse the Tibetan spiritual leader of sponsoring a separatist movement.

It was Obama's fourth meeting with the Dalai Lama, CNN reported.

Obama and the Dalai Lama met in the Map Room, on the ground floor of the White House residence.

Obama and previous presidents have avoided receiving the Dalai Lama in the Oval Office, a setting typically reserved for visiting heads of state or government leaders.

Josh Earnest, the White House Press Secretary, said the meeting's venue indicated that it was a personal greeting rather than formal bilateral talks.

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No Obama decision on Afghan troop reduction yet: WH

Washington: US President Barack Obama has not taken any decision on the reduction of American troops in Afghanistan even as the situation in the war-torn country has improved but is far from ideal, the White House said today.

"The situation in Afghanistan has profoundly changed, not just if you quantify it based on troop levels, but what's also true is we have succeeded in decimating core Al Qaida that previously operated with virtual impunity in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

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Republicans rally with Obama against Trump's remarks

Washington, June 15 : Many Republicans have joined Barack Obama in condemning presumptive Republic presidential nominee Donald Trump over his anti-Muslim stance and remarks alleging the U.S. President to be a sympathizer of ISIS.

Following the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that killed 49 people, Trump called for a ban on immigration of Muslims to the country and also sought Obama's resignation on Monday.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan of the Republican Party denounced Trump, saying the ban on Muslims is not in the country's interest.

"I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country" Washington Post quoted Ryan as saying.

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Our mission is to destroy IS: Obama

Washington, June 15 : Asserting that Islamic State is losing ground in Iraq and Syria, U. S. President Barack Obama has said Washington's mission is to destroy the group.

"I want to reiterate our objective in this fight. Our mission is to destroy ISIL. Since I last updated the American people on our campaign two months ago, we've seen that this continues to be a difficult fight - but we are making significant progress. Over the past two months, I've authorized a series of steps to ratchet up our fight against ISIL," Obama said in an official statement.

Obama warned the ISIS that they would not be safe if they target America and its allies.

He also highlighted that Islamic state continues to lose grounds both in Iraq and Syria.

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Obama to welcome Dalai Lama at White House

Washington, June 15 : US president Barack Obama is slated to welcome Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday at the White House.

The White House announced the meeting will take place behind closed doors in the Map Room, EFE news reported.

The Tibetan religious leader is currently in Washington where he met with both Democratic and Republican members of Congress and gave a speech at the US Institute of Peace which began with one minute of silence for the mass shooting victims in Orlando.

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Obama challenges Congress to reinstate assault weapon ban

Washington, June 15 : US President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged the Republican-controlled Congress to reinstate the ban on assault weapons in the wake of the shooting in a gay bar in Orlando in which 50 people, including shooter, were killed and 53 were injured on Sunday.

The gunman, identified by authorities as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida, used an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun to carry out the attack. Both guns were purchased legally, Xinhua reported.

"Reinstate the assault weapons ban (and) make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us," Obama was quoted as saying at a press conference, warning that without such a ban, "these kinds of events are going to keep on happening."

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Hillary Clinton blasts Donald Trump for 'shameful' comments on Obama

Washington: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today slammed her Republican rival Donald Trump's "shameful" comments that allegedly suggested that President Barack Obama is siding with terrorists.

"What Donald Trump is saying is shameful. It is disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded, and their families. And it is yet more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be Commander- in-Chief," Clinton told her supporters in Pittsburgh.

In an interview on Fox News, Trump had said, "People cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism'".

In her hard-hitting speech, Clinton urged the Republican leadership to rebuke this "dangerous rhetoric".

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Obama says 'no clear evidence' on gunman's link to ISIS

Washington, June 14 : U. S. President Barack Obama, who will visit Orlando on Thursday to pay his respects to the victims of the country's worst shooting massacre, has said there is no clear evidence that the gay nightclub gunman was directed by the Islamic State to carry out the mass killing.

President Obama after a briefing with law enforcement, counterterrorism and Homeland Security officials yesterday said that even though the gunman had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State while making a 911 call during the attack, there was no clear evidence that he had been part of a wider plot directed by the terrorist group, reports the New York Times.

Though, the attack is being investigated as a terrorism act and the reason of the attack is yet to be identified, he added.

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Orlando attack: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton postpone first joint campaign event

Washington: White House hopeful Hillary Clinton has postponed her first joint campaign event with President Barack Obama, in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in US history.

Clinton had been scheduled to appear with Obama in Wisconsin on Wednesday, after he endorsed her as the Democratic candidate for November's presidential election, but this has been pushed back, her campaign said yesterday.

The White House also confirmed the delay, announcing: "In light of the attack in Orlando, the President's travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed."

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Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Washington, June 10 : US President Barack Obama has formally endorsed Hillary Clinton and called her the most qualified candidate to seek the White House, imploring Democrats to come together to elect her, the media reported.

In a video posted on Clinton's Facebook page on Thursday, Obama said: "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," The New York Times reported.

"I'm with her. I'm fired up and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary," Xinhua news agency quoted Obama as saying.

Obama's endorsement came just moments after his meeting with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton's rival in the nomination race, in the White House.

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Bernie Sanders vows to work with Hillary to take down Trump

Washington D. C., June 10 : Following President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden formally endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Bernie Sanders affirmed to work with Hillary to beat Donald Trump in the U. S. polls.

According to CNN, Sanders' decision to continue his White House bid even after Clinton became the party's presumptive presidential nominee has had Democrats on high alert as they seek to quickly change gears and take on Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Emerging from the White House after a meeting with Obama, Sanders warned that Trump as President would be a "disaster" and that he would "work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States."

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President Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton, set to campaign with her

Washington D. C., June 10 : United States President Barack Obama officially endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and said that never has there ever been someone so qualified to hold the office.

According to CNN, Obama made the declaration in a video saying, "I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I'm with her. I am fired up. And I can't wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary."

Obama will campaign with Clinton next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Clinton thanked Obama for his endorsement in a tweet saying, "Honored to have you with me, @POTUS. I'm fired up and ready to go!"

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Obama believes Sanders made Clinton 'better candidate'

Washington, June 9 : US president Barack Obama said that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' new ideas and energy have helped the Democratic party and made Hillary Clinton, the first woman to clinch the bid for US presidency, "a better candidate".

"It was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary. I thought that Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas. And he pushed the party and challenged them. I thought it made Hillary a better candidate," Obama said on Wednesday night during an interview with comedian Jimmy Fallon.

NBC channel released some parts of the interview, which is scheduled to be aired on Thursday, in which the president goes over some recent aspects of the electoral race.

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US condemns 'cowardly' Tel Aviv attack

Washington: The United States has denounced a mass shooting in a nightspot in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv that left at least four people dead.

The State Department yesterday dubbed this latest in a series of assaults by alleged Palestinian extremists a "horrific terrorist attack."

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded," spokesman Mark Toner said.

"These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified. We are in touch with Israeli authorities to express our support."

Two men from the occupied West Bank had opened fire at patrons at sidewalk cafes across the street from Israel's military headquarters.

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Obama vetoes legislation to thwart financial adviser rule

Washington: President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation designed to nullify Obama administration rules that will require financial professionals to put their client's best interest first when giving advice on retirement investments.

Obama says that some firms have steered clients into products that had higher fees and lower returns, which he says costs families about USD 17 billion a year.

Republicans say the regulations will make it more expensive for smaller businesses to provide retirement savings plans to their employees, resulting in less advice and fewer choices for many consumers.

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