Barack Obama orders review of hostage policy

Washington: US President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of the administration's hostage policy, a decision prompted by the growing number of American being killed in the Middle East.

Islamic State 'neither a state nor truly Islamic': John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday described the feared Islamic State group as neither "a state nor truly Islamic", adding that America takes seriously the "unacceptable threat" posed by the terrorist organisation.

India refrains from opposing UN discussion on Hydrofluorocarbons

 In a significant move, India today did not oppose participation in a discussion on the issue of harmful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the UN Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances.

Hagel says US military accelerating mission to train Iraqi troops

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.

China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed never to use force to achieve Beijing`s goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.

Kassig beheading video: ISIS executioner a '22-yr-old Frenchman'?
Kassig beheading video: ISIS executioner a '22-yr-old Frenchman'?

As the barbaric extremist group Islamic State continues to slaughter innocent hostages one after another with the latest victim being 26-year-old Peter Kassig, US President Barack Obama has condoled the death of young American and branded the act of beheading as “pure evil”.

Obama confirms `evil` murder of US aid worker Kassig

 President Barack Obama confirmed on Sunday the death of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, calling his beheading at the hands of the Islamic State group "pure evil."

Netanyahu supports Obama in ISIS fight, but cautions on Iran

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed support on Sunday for the US fight against Islamic State militants, but cautioned against any softening toward Iran.

White House says appalled by murder of Peter Kassig, if confirmed

US intelligence is trying to ascertain the authenticity of a video purportedly showing the murder of US citizen Peter Kassig by the dreaded IS militant group, which if true is appalling, the White House on Sunday said.

Obama warns against bullying, intimidation by big nations

In a veiled warning to China, US President Barack Obama has cautioned against attempts by some big nations to "intimidate" or "bully" small countries amid territorial disputes.

Barack Obama accuses Vladimir Putin of not living up to ceasefire

President Barack Obama on Sunday bluntly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of not living up to a cease-fire agreement in Ukraine, but offered no new plans for how the West might change his calculus.

Barack Obama , EU leaders meet on Russia-Ukraine conflict

President Barack Obama huddled today with European leaders to discuss the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, where officials say the security situation is worsening.

Australia brings `koala diplomacy` to bear at G20

Australia arranged a warm and fuzzy welcome for the world`s most powerful leaders at this weekend`s G20 summit with a campaign dubbed "koala diplomacy", in which top politicians cuddled the shy native marsupials.

Obama immigration moves due by year`s end: Security chief

US President Barack Obama will announce immigration policy changes he expects to enact by executive order, including on border security, by year`s end, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Saturday.

Ex-US officials criticize Obama `micromanagement`

Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, two former directors of the CIA and Defense Department, on Saturday criticized President Barack Obama`s "micromanagement" of the military.

Obama rules out alliance with Syria`s Assad against IS
Obama rules out alliance with Syria`s Assad against IS

 The British government on Saturday said it had received reports that "Jihadi John", the British-accented Islamic State militant apparently responsible for the beheading of western hostages, had been injured in a US air strike.

Top US general arrives in Iraq as military campaign expands

The top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, arrived on Saturday in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet US commanders preparing to expand American assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants.

PM Modi shares story of American architect with Obama, Abbott

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott and US President Barack Obama the fascinating story of an American architect who had an emotional link with their countries.

Asia's security must not be based on ''intimidation'': Obama
Asia's security must not be based on ''intimidation'': Obama

Security in the Asia-Pacific region must depend on international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes, not on "intimidation", US President Barack Obama said Saturday ahead of the G20 summit here, media reported.

Hugs and handshakes: PM Modi much sought after at G20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was much sought after at the G20 with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, spending time chatting and laughing with him.