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Obama says will push for START in ‘lame duck’ congress

YOKOHAMA: US President Barack Obama said on Sunday he would push hard to get the US congress to approve a new START weapons treaty with Russia and stressed the former Cold War foes were now cooperating closely on key issues.
Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also discussed a possible veto by Russian foe Georgia of Russia's entry to the World Trade Organisation, which Obama has backed under his administration's "reset" policy to repair US-Russia ties.

Obama wraps up G20, comes to Japan for APEC summit

YOKOHAMA: US President Barack Obama arrived in Japan Friday for a Pacific Rim summit and meetings with other world leaders, after attending the Group of 20 talks in South Korea.
Obama will take part in the weekend Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and also attended by China's President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Air Force One touched down at Tokyo's Haneda Airport from Seoul, where the G20

Muslims say Obama failing to keep Cairo promises

CAIRO: United States President Barack Obama's pledge on Wednesday to strive for better relations with the Muslim world drew scepticism in Cairo, where last year he called for a new beginning in the Middle East after years of mistrust.
In a visit to Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Obama acknowledged more needed to be done to repair ties with the Muslim world. "As soon as Obama took over, he said he would do this and that -- a lot of things. But he

‘Obama resurrects hopes of peaceful South Asia’

ISLAMABAD: US President Barrack Obama's visit to India had a positive vibe about it and gave a message of peace to all the parties concerned, former ambassador BA Malik said on Tuesday.
Obama recommended that a stronger role for India in regional and world politics but did not forget to remind the Indian government to resolve all issues with Pakistan through peaceful dialogues, subconsciously admitting that the outcome of the Kashmir issue would determine the course of affairs in

Don’t back India for UNSC, Sultan implores Obama

ISLAMABAD: Former Azad Jammu Kashmir prime minister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry has urged US President Barack Obama not to support India in its bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council unless the dispute of Kashmir was resolved.
"India has not a moral justification to become a permanent member of UNSC as its leaders are not ready to implement resolutions passed by the UNSC 60 years ago, on Kashmir issue," he said while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

Obama returns to childhood home Indonesia

JAKARTA: US President Barack Obama finally made a much-delayed return to his boyhood home of Indonesia Tuesday, seeking to engage Muslims and cement strategic relations on the second leg of his Asia tour.
Obama arrived in Jakarta under stormy skies on Air Force One from India, as his nine-day Asian odyssey took him from the world's largest democracy to its most populous Muslim-majority nation.
The president spent four years in Indonesia as a boy with his late mother, but he

Obama backs India for permanent UNSC seat

NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama on Monday backed India for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, recognising its rise as a great power in a significant victory for New Delhi's foreign policy.
"The just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate," Obama said in a speech to Indian parliament.
"That is why I can say today - in the years ahead, I look forward to a

Weakened Obama tested on global stage

MUMBAI: United States President Barack Obama's Asia trip has turned into an early test of whether the US president's global goals and prestige will survive his weakened grip on domestic power, following a painful rebuke from voters.
In India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, Obama is trying to pull off the trick of advancing a still ambitious foreign policy, while reducing high unemployment left barely touched by the sluggish economic recovery. Obama once jetted the globe as the

Geelani calls for Obama to focus on Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A top separatist in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday urged the US to intervene in the disputed region, saying Washington could eliminate its "trust-deficit" in the Muslim world.
Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement directed at President Barack Obama, who is visiting India, "Resolution of the (Kashmir) problem with American assistance will go a long way in eradicating the trust deficit between the US and the Muslim world."
Congratulating Obama on his three-day visit to

Stronger Pakistan in India’s interest, says Obama

MUMBAI: US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged arch-rivals India and Pakistan to work together to resolve their differences, while pushing Islamabad to do more to tackle extremism.
Speaking to college students in Mumbai, Obama said the US "could not impose" a partnership between the two countries, but added fast-growing India would benefit more than any other nation from better ties with Pakistan.
"I am absolutely convinced that the country that has the biggest stake in

Obama unveils deals on ‘job fair’ visit to India

MUMBAI: President Barack Obama on Saturday announced $10 billion in trade deals with India to create 50,000 US jobs, on a visit that began with an emotional tribute to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Kicking off a four-nation Asian tour weighted towards prying open new markets for US goods, Obama also said he would relax technology export restrictions imposed after India's nuclear tests back in 1998. "As we look to India today, the US sees an opportunity to sell our exports

Obama may not push India hard on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US military commanders want India to formally reject an Indian military doctrine they say is fuelling tensions with Pakistan and hindering the American war in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
But New Delhi denied any such doctrine even existed. However, US officials say they do not expect President Barack Obama to broach the subject of the doctrine, known informally as Cold Start, the daily said.
At the most, it quoted unnamed officials as

Obama seeks tax deal, Republicans warn of ‘ruin’

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Saturday assured angry US voters who routed his Democratic allies this week that he got their message and urged jubilant Republicans to work with him on a tax-cut deal.
"Your message was clear," the president told Americans in his weekly radio address. "You're rightly frustrated with the pace of our economic recovery. So am I.
You're fed up with partisan politics and want results. I do too."
Obama vowed to target stubbornly high

Obama praises India’s ‘resilience, strength’ after attacks

MUMBAI: The United States and India stand together against terror, visiting President Barack Obama said Saturday, after meeting the families of victims and survivors of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Obama spent time with those affected by the attacks nearly two years ago at the luxury Taj Mahal Palace hotel, which was the focus of the wave of strikes on the city that left 166 people dead and more than 300 others injured.
"Mumbai is a symbol of the incredible energy and

US Republicans vow to battle Obama

WASHINGTON: US Republicans, fired-up by their elections romp, vowed to slash government spending and target President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul with an eye on defeating him in 2012.
Obama, warning "we can't afford two years of just squabbling," announced he had invited top congressional Republicans and Democrats to the White House on November 18 to seek ways to work together after Tuesday's ballot-box rebuke.
"I think it's clear that the voters sent a

Republicans deal stinging mid-term rebuke to Obama

CHICAGO: Republicans won a big prize after making huge gains in state legislatures: a once-in-a-decade chance to literally redraw political maps.
The landslide which gave Republicans control of the US House of Representatives in one of the chamber's largest political swings also propelled Republicans to historic gains at the state level in Tuesday's key mid-term elections.
Republicans now control more state legislatures than at any point since 1928 and picked up a net gain

Kashmir to be potentially explosive for Obama

WASHINGTON: Any mention of Kashmir by US President Barack Obama during his trip to India can be potentially explosive, a top American strategic expert has said, adding that Pakistan would dominate the topics discussed in Obama's talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Noting in his latest comment that Obama's visit would take place against the backdrop of the revival of Kashmir question, Bruce Riedel of Brookings Institute said Pakistan would move to capitalise on the