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Greetings from Obama for Chengdu couple on 60th anniversary of wedding

   This combo photo shows an old couple in Chengdu, Sichuan province, and greetings from US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. [Photo/chinanews.com]   An old couple in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province, received a wedding card and greetings from US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, on their diamond wedding anniversary, marking sixty years of marriage.   The couple was surprised and excited to receive this one-of-a-kind gift on this special occasion on Jan 2, West China

US, China unveil ambitious climate change goals

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.      The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year. President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would move much faster in cutting its levels of pollution. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed

Man who threatened to kill President Obama gets a year in jail

      A Pennsylvania man who threatened online to kill President Barack Obama, calling him an “Anti-Christ” who will be “shot dead,” was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 months in prison and ordered to undergo mental health treatment. U.S. District Judge James Munley also ordered Nicholas Savino, 42, to forfeit guns and ammunition seized from his home, including two assault weapons, 11,000 rounds of ammunition and a long-range scope, as well as a third weapon found in his car. Besides the weapons, U.S. Secret Service agents seized

Barack Obama denies 13-yr-old girl a selfie but then takes one with Malaysian leader

Thirteen-year-old Mika Taylor waits to meet President Obama with a request at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul.   'My selfie with President Obama !' Malaysian PM Najib Razak wrote when he uploaded this snap to Twitter on Sunday   Bad PR: Obama was widely criticized for posing for a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (center) during Nelson Mandela's memorial last year   It would have been a simple selfless act, but instead it became a selfie-less one.   President Obama turned down the

I wouldn't be where I am today without education: Michelle Obama

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures during a roundtable on the topic of education at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Photo: Reuters    After causing a stir by urging free speech on the mainland, US first lady Michelle Obama returned to less sensitive topics on the third day of her visit, extolling the virtues of investing in education.   In her opening remarks at a round-table discussion at the US embassy in Beijing on Saturday, Obama told mainland students, educators and parents education was a personal issue for her. "I wouldn’t be where I am

US government reopens for business after two-week shutdown

US President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 16, 2013 (AFP/File, Saul Loeb)    The US government reopens for business Thursday after a two-week shutdown and a dangerous flirt with running out of cash to pay its bills and avert a calamitous, unprecedented default.    The return to normality came after Congress passed and President Barack Obama quickly signed a Senate-crafted compromise bill that followed weeks of tumultuous

Families of victims gather in New York to mark 12th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks

FAMILIES of the victims of the worst terror attack on the United States in history gathered to mark their 12th anniversary with a moment of silence and the reading of names.    ife in lower Manhattan resembled any ordinary day on Wednesday as workers rushed to their jobs in the muggy heat, but time stood still at the World Trade Center site while families wept for loved ones who perished in the terror attacks 12 years ago.    For the families, the memories of that day are still vivid, the pain still acute. Some who read the names of a beloved big brother or a cherished

US celebrates 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech

US President Barack Obama led civil rights pioneers in a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech roused the 250,000 people who rallied there decades ago for racial equality.    Large crowds gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, where Mr Obama spoke at the same time and place where King delivered his spellbinding speech.    The first march was early in the turbulent 1960s, when the South still had separate restrooms, schools and careers for blacks and whites, and racism lingered across the

US Senate rejects legislation on broader background checks for gun buyers

The US Senate has rejected legislation on broader background checks for gun buyers. Picture: AFP Source: AFP    PRESIDENT Barack Obama has come out swinging after a gun control bill was defeated in the senate, saying 'lies' had derailed the bid.    The US Senate blocked bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at tightening restrictions on the sale of firearms, a huge defeat for President Barack Obama and a rejection of personal pleas by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Connecticut.    Obama

Kim Jong-Un wants call from Obama, says Rodman after back from N. Korea trip

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball gamein Pyongyang. Picture: AP Source: AP    NORTH Korea's young leader has riled the US with recent nuclear tests, but Kim Jong-Un doesn't really want war with the superpower, just a call from President Barack Obama to chat about their shared love of basketball, according to erstwhile diplomat Dennis Rodman, the ex-NBA star just back from an improbable visit to the reclusive communist country.    "He loves basketball. ... I said Obama loves

Abortion an issue in US election after 'rape victims rarely get pregnant' claim

White House rivals President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both condemned a Republican politician's controversial intervention in the debate about rape and abortion. But, while Romney scrambled to distance his campaign from his party ally's statement, Obama seized on the gaffe to embarrass his opponent and underline the gap between their positions. Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, his party's nominee for the Senate race in his state, triggered outrage when he said a woman's body can block an unwanted pregnancy during what he termed a "legitimate rape".

US cafe owner Josephine Ann Harris dies hours after serving Obama breakfast

Ohio's Josephine Ann Harris (centre) with President Barack Obama. (Twitter)   An Ohio woman collapsed and died hours after serving US President Barack Obama breakfast at her restaurant today. Josephine Ann Harris, the 70-year-old owner of the "Ann's Place" diner in Akron, complained of fatigue and a tingling feeling after Obama left the premises and was rushed to hospital. She was later pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack, the local Akron Beacon Journal newspaper said. Obama stopped by the restaurant on the second day of a bus tour through

Obama secretly ordered accelerated cyber attacks on Iran's nuclear program

PRESIDENT Barack Obama secretly ordered cyber attacks on the systems that run Iran's nuclear program be increased during the early days of his presidency, FOX News Channel confirmed today, citing a senior national security source. The attacks began during the Bush administration under the code name "Olympic Games," according to a report in The New York Times. Obama made the decision to accelerate the cyber attacks after malware named Stuxnet accidentally became public in the summer of 2010. A programming error enabled it to leave Iran's Natanz nuclear facility and

Genevieve Cook, Obama's Aussie ex-lover, pens down their 1980s romance

Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB Source: Sunday Herald Sun   Barack Obama and his Aussie ex-lover, Genevieve Cook   1980s romance between Genevieve Cook and a twenty-something Obama in New York   SECRET diaries of an Australian woman who was one of young Barack Obama's girlfriends, show the warmth and trust of the future president in love, but also hint at his reserve and "coolness." Accounts of the 1980s romance between Genevieve Cook and a twenty-something Obama in New York were excerpted in Vanity Fair magazine from a

Barack Obama pledges to end Afghan war, addresses US public in Afghanistan

Obama hailed the approaching end of the war and thanked US troops US President Barack Obama has pledged to "finish the job" and end the Afghan war, addressing the US public live from a military base in Afghanistan.   Speaking on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, he thanked US troops and hailed plans to combat operations. Mr Obama arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit to sign an agreement on future Afghan-US ties with President Hamid Karzai, ahead of a Nato summit. At the signing, Mr Obama said it was "a historic moment" for both