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Zardari meets obama – US pledges more support for Pakistan

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Friday offered to look at new ways to help Pakistan's troubled economy as he showed support for President Asif Ali Zardari at a White House meeting on Friday, officials said.
Zardari held a closed-door meeting with Obama after flying into Washington for a memorial service for Richard Holbrooke, the late US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan which has been a top priority for the US administration.
Obama "underscored the importance of

Crucial talks between Obama and Zardari today

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will welcome President Asif Ali Zardari to the White House on Friday for talks on ties between the uneasy war partners, spokesman Robert Gibbs said. President Zardari is scheduled to discuss diplomatic, economic and security issues with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top US officials today (Friday). He will also attend a memorial service for US special envoy Richard Holbrooke.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani

Obama to Arizona as shot lawmaker fights for life

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will lead Americans in national mourning on Wednesday after an Arizona shooting tragedy unleashed a polarizing national debate about the violent rhetoric rocking US politics.
Obama will fly to the southwestern state to lead a tribute service for the six people who were killed and the 14 wounded in the assassination attempt on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is fighting for her life in a hospital. His trip will take place after the family

Obama, in blow to closing Guantanamo, signs law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, in a setback to hopes for the quick closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison, reluctantly signed a bill on Friday barring suspects held there from being brought to the United States for trial.
Making plain he would fight to repeal language in the law obstructing civilian US trials for Guantanamo terrorism suspects, Obama said he was left with no choice but to sign the defense authorization act for fiscal 2011.
"Despite my strong objection

Battles on budget, healthcare loom for Obama

WASHINGTON - After a good end to a not-so-good year, US President Barack Obama faces even tougher challenges in the months ahead as looming fights over spending and healthcare set the stage for a difficult 2012 re-election campaign.
When a new Congress convenes on Wednesday, Obama will be confronted for the first time by a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a strengthened Republican minority in the Senate.
Whether he strikes deals with those newly

Obama calls for ‘shared responsibility’ in 2011

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama Saturday vowed to keep the US economy growing in 2011 and reminded Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives that they have a "shared responsibility to move this country forward."
"As President, that's my commitment to you: to do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs, and strengthening our middle class. That's my resolution for the coming year," Obama said in his Saturday radio address.

Revived Obama celebrates year-end wins

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has capped a crisis-strewn first two White House years by flexing restored power at home and abroad as he secured big wins in Congress on nuclear arms and gay rights.
Obama won Senate ratification on Wednesday of a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia that he said sent a "powerful signal" to the world, and fulfilled a Democratic vow by signing a bill allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
On both issues, the president took on and

Obama woos senators on Russia treaty vote

WASHINGTON - A landmark US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty faced a key test vote in the US Senate as early as Tuesday as President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on wary lawmakers to back the accord.
Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wooed Republicans by telephone, lawmakers said Monday, as the top US uniformed officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, wrote a letter unreservedly backing the pact.
"This treaty has the full support of your

US-Turkey ties ‘more important than ever’: Obama

ANKARA - US ties with Turkey are "more important than ever" despite differences over Iran, President Barack Obama said, also urging Ankara to repair ties with Israel, in an interview published on Sunday.
"Our shared interests, our shared values... undergird our relationship even when we disagree," Obama said in written response to questions by Turkey's mass-selling Hurriyet newspaper. "Given the increasingly complex challenges the world faces, I believe that US-Turkish

Pakistan must root out terrorist havens, says Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Pakistan to step up the fight to root out terrorist safe havens within its borders, saying progress "has not come fast enough".
Obama, speaking to reporters on a new war review, said that the US "welcomed" Pakistan's efforts against Islamic extremists, including offensives in it's Tribal Areas.
"Nevertheless, progress has not come fast enough, so we will continue to insist to Pakistani leaders that terrorist safe

Obama should learn lessons from Holbrooke: Baloch

LAHORE: Barack Obama needs to learn a lesson from Richard Holbrooke's last words and should pull out forces from Afghanistan, Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Liaquat Baloch said while talking to party workers on Thursday. The JI leader also urged Pak army chief General Kiyani to review the present policy of making the army a sacrificial goat to serve US' interests.
Holbrooke would have witnessed American defeat in Afghanistan had he lived for a few more months, Baloch

Afghan violence kills 18 as Obama reviews war

KABUL: A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in western Afghanistan on Thursday and four Afghan soldiers died in a US air strike overnight, hours before a US strategy review reported progress in the Afghan war.
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban in 2001 after the September 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States, with record civilian and military casualties.
US President Barack Obama's review said "notable operational

Obama war cabinet mulls Afghan review

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama finalised his Afghan strategy review with his war cabinet on Tuesday in a meeting shrouded by the death of veteran diplomat and US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke.
Obama lauded the hard-charging Holbrooke as a "giant" of US diplomacy after he died from a ruptured aorta late on Monday, and his war plan must now go ahead without input from the man masterminding a civilian "surge" in Afghanistan. Tuesday's somber meeting, in

Obama asked to change Afghan policy

LAHORE: Academics, journalists and NGO members, through a letter, asked US President Obama to change the American strategy in Afghanistan and underlined the need to go for a direct dialogue and negotiations with the Afghan Taliban leadership residing in Pakistan.
"The cost of the war is now over $120 billion per year for the United States alone. This is unsustainable in the long run. Despite these huge costs, the situation on the ground is much worse than it was a year ago

Attacks kill Afghan civilians ahead of Obama review

KANDAHAR: Violence in north, south and east Afghanistan killed more than a dozen civilians and wounded several more as US President Barack Obama prepares to unveil a review of his strategy for the near decade-long war.
The latest string of attacks comes near the end of the deadliest year since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban, with the escalating insurgency costing the lives of a record number of both ordinary Afghans and foreign troops. Obama said on a visit to Afghanistan

Hu tells Obama Korea tension could go out of control

BEIJING/SEOUL: Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday warned US President Barack Obama that tensions on the Korean peninsula could spiral out of control if not dealt with properly, their first discussion on the issue since the North shelled the South nearly two weeks ago.
Analysts said Hu's comments showed a greater sense of urgency in the Chinese leadership over the mounting tension and also an attempt to avoid to the perception that Beijing is siding with its ally Pyongyang to

‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ deals with recession in underworld

NEW DELHI: Subhash Kapoor, director of 'Phas Gaye Re Obama', a small budget comedy starring Neha Dhupia and Rajat Kapoor, says the film shows the repercussions of the global recession on the world of crime. "People see the global recession as a phenomena triggering unemployment and fall in market income.
But it had a deep impact on everyone and we have taken an initiative to portray this anxiety in a humourous way," said director Subhash Kapoor during the special screening of