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White House warns President-elect Donald Trump over reversing detente policy with Cuba

As President-elect Donald Trump threatened to “terminate” the detente policy with Cuba, the White House Tuesday warned that reversing historic rapprochement would have “significant” diplomatic, economic and cultural costs. The policy is considered as one of the foreign policy legacies of outgoing President Barack Obama. Trump Monday threatened in a tweet to put an end to the detente policy. “If ... Read More »

Republicans look to seize on revived Hillary Clinton email issue in White House, Congress races

Republicans are seizing on the FBI’s revived scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s handling of government emails, hoping it will hurt not just her presidential hopes but Democrats’ chances of regaining one or both chambers of Congress in next week’s election. Republican lawmakers are threatening to investigate Clinton from her first day in office if the Democrat is elected president on November ... Read More »

Barack Obama Celebrates Diwali, Lights First-Ever Diya In Oval Office

Washington: US President Barack Obama has celebrated Diwali by lighting the first-ever diya in the Oval Office of the White House and hoped that his successors would continue the tradition. President Obama, who was the first president to celebrate Diwali personally at the White House in 2009, talked about this momentous occasion in a Facebook post soon after he kindled ... Read More »

Petition to White House seeking to declare Pakistan ‘a state sponsor of terrorism’ makes new record

WASHINGTON: More than 50,000 new signatures have been added to the final count of the White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, making it the most popular US petition so far. The petition , “We the people ask the administration to declare Pakistan, State Sponsor of Terrorism (HR 6069)”, was archived by the White House ... Read More »

US gurdwara shooting: FBI begins probe

WASHINGTON: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that it is investigating whether the shooting at a gurdwara in the US is an act of “domestic” terrorism. “While the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time,” the FBI Milwaukee special agent-in-charge Teresa Carlson said in ... Read More »

White House, Egypt Discuss Mubarak Exit Plan

The Obama administration is in talks with top Egyptian officials about the possible immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the formation of an interim government that could prepare the country for free and fair elections later this year, U.S. officials said late Thursday. Creation of a military-backed caretaker government in Egypt is one of several ideas being discussed as ... Read More »

Obama’s India visit will have tangible results: US

Underscoring the “significance” that US puts on its “important economic relationship” with India, the White House hopes to have “some tangible results” from President Barack Obama’s visit to India. “Look, obviously, this is an important relationship,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Tuesday when asked how the President was preparing for his trip to India in early ... Read More »