China criticises Obama over South China Sea remarks

US President Barack Obama's remarks that China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea (SCS) on Friday drew strong reaction from the communist giant which said America has the "biggest muscle" in the world.

Obama, Castro to share stage at summit as detente takes hold

US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will share the same stage on Friday in an encounter rich with symbolism as their countries set aside decades of mistrust and attempt to restore diplomatic relations.

US concerned over China ''using muscle'' in ''disputed'' South China Sea

US President Barack Obama has voiced concerns over China using "sheer size and muscle" to intimidate smaller nations in the row over the South China Sea.

China cementing reach in South China Sea with civilian infrastructure

China`s plans for islands it is creating in the South China Sea show for the first time the scale of civilian architecture it will extend across the disputed waterway, entrenching its reach in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, experts say.

US, Cuba make progress after 'very constructive' discussions
US, Cuba make progress after 'very constructive' discussions

The United States and Cuba, moving to restore ties after decades of Cold War enmity, made progress Thursday in historic talks, a US State Department official said.

'US State Dept recommends removing Cuba from terrorism list'
'US State Dept recommends removing Cuba from terrorism list'

The US State Department has recommended that President Barack Obama remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee aide said on Thursday.

Barack Obama says concerned China uses size to bully others in region

President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States is concerned China uses its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller countries in the South China Sea.

Iraqis do not want to be `puppets` of Iran: US

 US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Iraqi leaders have asserted the country`s sovereignty in their war against jihadists and do not want to be "puppets" of Iran or other outside powers.

Obama touts clean energy in bid to restore US leadership in Caribbean

President Barack Obama met with Jamaica`s prime minister on Thursday, announcing a major clean energy partnership ahead of a Caribbean summit where he hopes to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at a time when oil-producing Venezuela`s economic clout may be receding.

Barack Obama offers energy partnership to woo Caribbean leaders

US President Barack Obama met Caribbean leaders Thursday, offering a clean energy alternative to nations squeezed by more expensive Venezuelan crude.

Decision near on removing Cuba from terror list: Obama

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he soon decide whether to remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism now that the State Department has finished a review on the question as part of the move to reopen diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Barack Obama calls for stop to gay 'conversion' therapies

US President Barack Obama is calling for an end to so-called conversion therapies that seek to change sexual or gender orientation of young homosexuals or transgenders.

DNA: South Carolina police officer shoots black man 8 times

A white South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder after video emerged of him shooting a black man running away from him.

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Obama seeks end to conversion therapy for gays

US President Barack Obama has called for an end to the so-called conversion therapies designed to reverse homosexual orientation, often directed at youth within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community.

Obama calls for end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth

US President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth, the White House said.

Barack Obama and Castro to break Cold War ice in person

 US President Barack Obama and Cuba`s Raul Castro will have a historic face-to-face encounter at the Summit of the Americas this week, breaking the ice after decades of glacial relations.

US-officer sacked after shooting black suspect dead

The white police officer who fatally shot a fleeing black man in the US city of North Charleston has been fired after he was charged with murder, the mayor said today.

Obama reaffirms support for India's UN Security Council bid

US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed support for India's candidature for permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council and considers continued strengthening of the relationship with New Delhi as a foreign policy "priority".

US, Cuba not to reopen embassies before regional summit

 The US and Cuba are not expected to re-open embassies before a regional summit slated for April 10-11, an official said.

US approves $952 mn sale of helicopters, missiles to Pakistan

 The Obama administration has notified the US Congress it`s selling Pakistan $952 million worth of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other military assistance saying it will not alter the basic military balance in the region.