Barack Obama

Obama marks end of Iraq war

Obama marks end of Iraq war

US President Barack Obama saluted returning troops returning from Iraq on Wednesday, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honorably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home".

US seeks return of downed drone

President Barack Obama says the US government has requested the return of a spy drone downed over Iran but declined to discuss if its loss could compromise US national security.

Pakistan troop deaths regrettable: Obama

Pakistan troop deaths regrettable: Obama

US President Barack Obama has called Pakistan's president to offer condolences over a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops and has led to a crisis in relations between the two countries.

Obama tops world's most powerful list

Obama tops world's most powerful list

Barack Obama topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2011, as the US leader's clout rose after the deaths of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Thinking outside the tax box

Thinking outside the tax box

Not just income but wealth itself should be taxed, say Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott, writing for the Los Angeles Times.

Obama tries to derail Palestine UN bid

Obama tries to derail Palestine UN bid

US President Barack Obama, trying to avert a clash over Palestinian statehood, has told the United Nations there is no substitute for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations or any short cut to peace.

Obama hails end of military restrictions on gays

Obama hails end of military restrictions on gays

US President Barack Obama has hailed the end of the policy banning gays from serving openly in the US armed forces, as the Pentagon vowed "zero tolerance" for harassment of homosexuals in the military.

Obama pitches $3.6 trillion debt plan

US President Barack Obama laid out a $3.6 trillion ($NZ4.4tn) plan on Monday to cut US budget deficits partly by raising taxes on the rich, but Republicans rejected it as a political stunt and made clear the proposal has little chance of becoming law.

Obama says US stronger 10 years after 9/11

Obama says US stronger 10 years after 9/11

US President Barack Obama said the United States was stronger 10 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks and Americans would "carry on" despite continued threats against their safety.

US sees 'credible' 9/11 terror threat

US President Barack Obama has ordered a redoubling of US counterterrorism efforts in the face of a "credible but unconfirmed" threat ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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