Syrian Crisis: ‘Obama in Gridlock, Putin on Top of the Developments’
Sep07

Syrian Crisis: ‘Obama in Gridlock, Putin on Top of the Developments’

Commenting on the recent developments in Syria and Presidents Putin and Obama debating the issue at the G20 Summit in China, former senior French intelligence officer Alain Rodier suggested that while the Turkish operation came as a total surprise to the US, President Putin might have been warned beforehand and is now on top of the situation. Following his meeting with the US president on Monday on the sidelines of G20 meeting,...

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Obama: US ‘morally obliged’ to heal Laos war wounds
Sep07

Obama: US ‘morally obliged’ to heal Laos war wounds

President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to dramatically increase US efforts to clear millions of bombs secretly dropped on tiny Laos by American planes a generation ago, saying the clean-up was a “moral obligation”. Laos became the world’s most-bombed country per capita from 1964 to 1973 as Washington launched a secret CIA-led war to cut supplies flowing to communist fighters during the Vietnam War. Much of the...

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Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe
Sep06

Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a “son of a whore”. Mr Duterte was responding to the US president’s promise to raise the issue of drug-related extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at their meeting. The Philippine leader, known for his colourful language, has insulted prominent figures before, but this time it...

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Kremlin: Putin-Obama meeting went off well
Sep05

Kremlin: Putin-Obama meeting went off well

The meeting of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama went off well and lasted longer than planned. The Syrian issue and Ukraine were discussed first and foremost, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters following talks today. “The meeting lasted longer than planned. (The two presidents) discussed, above all, Syria and Ukraine. After that Obama and Putin held a one-on-one meeting behind...

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Obama, Putin, agree to continue seeking deal on Syria
Sep05

Obama, Putin, agree to continue seeking deal on Syria

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin todayfailed to force a breakthrough in negotiations over a cease-fire for Syria, but agreed to keep looking for a path to provide humanitarian relief to thousands of besieged civilians in the civil war-ravaged country. After a 90-minute huddle on the sidelines of an economic summit, the two leaders directed their top diplomats to return to talks quickly, likely later this...

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