Barack Obama had a historic visit to India: US

 President Barack Obama had a historic visit to India early this year as part of his efforts to deepen America's partnership with India in the Asia Pacific region, a presidential aide has said.

Several US probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

The Central Intelligence Agency`s Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two US-born al Qaeda militants, US government sources said on Friday.

Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death

Italy said on Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a US drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error."

Barack Obama rallies intelligence staff after botched strike

 A day after revealing that the United States killed two Western hostages in a botched operation against al Qaeda, a mournful President Barack Obama assembled intelligence staff to pay tribute to their work and patriotism.

Obama avoids calling Armenian massacre `genocide`

US President Barack Obama on Thursday described the World War I massacre of Armenians as "terrible carnage", but avoided the term genocide, as tempers flared ahead of the 100th anniversary of the bloodshed.

Obama avoids term `genocide` in Armenian massacre

 US President Barack Obama on Thursday described the World War I massacre of Armenians as "terrible carnage" but avoided the term genocide, as tempers flared between Armenia and Turkey ahead of the 100th anniversary. 

Armenian survivor, 101, blasts US `genocide shame`

A 101-year-old survivor of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago has blasted the US refusal to label the killings as genocide, calling the decision a "shame" for America.

US to compensate families of hostages killed in strike

The White House on Thursday said the United States would compensate the families' of an American and Italian hostage killed in a counter-terrorism operation near the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Lynch becomes US attorney general, 1st black woman in post

The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation`s first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama`s final 21 months in office.

American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Barack Obama
American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Barack Obama

An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday.

US Senate panel approves giving Obama `fast-track` trade power

 A US Senate panel voted late Wednesday to give President Barack Obama authority to "fast-track" a massive Pacific trade accord, adding a provision opposed by the White House that addresses currency manipulation.

Immediate steps needed to mitigate climate change impact: Barack Obama
Immediate steps needed to mitigate climate change impact: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that climate change "can no longer be denied" and immediate measures are needed to mitigate its effects.

US Senate unanimously passes anti-trafficking bill

The US Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday aimed at stopping human trafficking, after lawmakers overcame a dispute about the measure`s abortion language that prompted weeks of gridlock.

Indian-American Vivek Murthy takes oath as US Surgeon General

Indian-American Vivek Murthy was on Wednesday administered the oath for the top post of US Surgeon General by Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremonial ceremony here, becoming the youngest-ever in charge of the country's public health.

BJP MP wants Gita to be declared 'sacred national book'

Bhagvad Gita should be declared as a 'sacred national book', a BJP member said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Afghan Taliban announce `spring offensive` to start Friday

 The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.

A first time, says Rahul on Obama's praise for Modi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday mentioned US President Barack Obama's praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the latest issue of Time magazine and called it a "first time".

Rahul pays left-handed compliment to Modi on Obama praise

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday paid a left-handed compliment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over US President Barack Obama's praise for him as he compared him with Mikhail Gorbachev, whose tenure saw disintegration of Soviet Union.

Rahul Gandhi mentions Obama's praise for Modi in Lok Sabha

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday mentioned US President Barack Obama's praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in latest issue of Time magazine and called it a "first time".