Key crises in US-Israel ties

The current diplomatic crisis between Israel and the United States is the most vicious and public yet among only a handful of crises that have marred the close, long-running relationship.

Obama praises work of young Indian-American teen scientists

US President Barack Obama has praised the work of budding Indian-American teenage scientists who showcased their innovative exhibits, including an algorithm to identify potential drugs for cancer, ebola and tuberculosis.

US, Afghan leaders to discuss troop withdrawal

 President Barack Obama is to meet Tuesday with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, who has asked Washington for "flexibility" on the pace of US troop withdrawals from the war-torn country.

Threat against Obama niece prompts security hike

A threat against President Barack Obama's niece, a player on Princeton's women's basketball team, prompted increased security at the Tigers' NCAA Tournament game at Maryland.

US House urges Obama to send lethal arms to Ukraine

 American lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Monday to urge President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons to defend itself against Russian "aggression."

Obama and Hillary Clinton meet at White House

 US President Barack Obama chatted with his former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the White House on Monday, in a previously unannounced meeting.

Obama must decide on US troop levels in Afghanistan: Ghani

 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday that any decision on how many US troops should remain in Afghanistan next year was up to his US counterpart Barack Obama.

Netanyahu apologises publicly for Arab Israeli remarks
Netanyahu apologises publicly for Arab Israeli remarks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised publicly on Monday for saying Arab Israelis were voting in "droves" in election day comments that drew condemnation, including from the United States.

Israelis fret about risk of isolation but concern may be overdone

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s re-election last week has prompted alarmed chatter in the cafes of Tel Aviv and on talk shows about the risk of Israel losing the support of its closest allies and being left isolated in the world.

Obama urges Nigeria to reject election violence

US President Barack Obama on Monday called on Nigerians to reject violence in this weekend`s general election, describing the vote as a "historic opportunity" for progress in Africa`s most populous country. 

US will not take floor at UN rights debate on Israel, Palestinians

The United States will not take the floor at the main UN human rights forum on Monday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories, a US spokesman told Reuters.

Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama: Poll

Whether it`s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from "The West Wing" or the manipulative Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack "No Drama" Obama.

Obama pays tribute to `true giant of history` Lee Kuan Yew

US President Barack Obama hailed Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday as a visionary and "true giant of history" after Singapore`s first prime minister died aged 91.

Netanyahu allies blame White House criticism on misunderstanding

Benjamin Netanyahu`s allies acknowledged on Sunday that his election-eve disavowal of a Palestinian state had caused a rift with the White House, but blamed U.S. President Barack Obama`s unprecedented criticism on a misunderstanding.

Obama optimistic about N-deal with Iran within weeks

US President Barack Obama has voiced optimism about a nuclear deal likely to be reached with Iran within weeks.

Israel vote won`t affect Iran nuclear talks: Obama

Israel`s elections, which saw Benjamin Netanyahu clinch a third term, will not greatly affect Barack Obama`s defense of any deal reached with Iran, the US president said.

India trip by 2 American teens leads to global cleanup project

India trip by two American teenager girls to attend science fairs led to a global project by youngsters from several countries for a cleaner and healthier environment.

Obama presses Republicans on attorney general pick

 President Barack Obama urged his Republican foes in Congress to confirm his choice for the country`s next top law enforcement officer, accusing them of holding her "hostage" in their efforts to push other legislation.

Netanyahu row casts doubt on Obama pledge to ''have Israel's back''

US President Barack Obama, who once famously said he would “always have Israel’s back,” may be rethinking that promise as aides begin weighing options in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

Obama presses Iran to return four US citizens: Statement

US President Barack Obama on Friday urged Tehran to return four US citizens captive or missing in Iran, the latest direct message to the country's leaders and citizens.