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Obama, Castro to meet in Panama

US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in Panama for the Friday start of the Summit of the Americas, where the two are set to meet officially for the first time since declaring a thaw in bilateral relations that had been frozen for more than 50 years.[…]

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Bibi apologizes to Israel’s Arab minority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week’s parliament election that offended members of the community. The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations of racism[…]

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Al-Abadi to meet Obama on extremism

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit the White House next month for meetings expected to focus on the effort to defeat the Islamic State group, the White House said Monday. Al-Abadi will meet with President Barack Obama on April 14, a White House statement said. It will be his[…]

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Obama v Netanyahu: The strategic conundrum

OPINION by Marwan Bishara- The political rift between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become evermore personal with the latter’s visit to Washington this week. But behind the personal and the political spat lies a strategic difference with dangerous implications for the Middle East, indeed[…]

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Progress toward Guantanamo closure

Thirty-five-year-old Abdalmalik Wahab had been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for nearly 14 years without charge when he got some good news: The U.S. government was no longer interested in holding him. A panel made up of representatives of six government agencies, including the Defense Department and the Office of the[…]

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Obama’s short memory

OPINION by Marwan Bishara- US President Barack Obama checked most of the boxes as he spoke about the ways and means to tackle violent extremism during a special conference on the topic in Washington, DC. He stressed once again that the United States is not at war with Islam. And[…]

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US at war with those “perverting Islam”: Obama

US President Barack Obama has said his country is not at war with Islam, but with people who have perverted the religion, calling for a focus on preventing “terrorists” from recruiting and inspiring others. Obama, speaking at a White House conference on countering violent extremism, said “we should not grant[…]

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Obama defends ties to Saudi Kingdom

In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the new monarch. Obama’s presence here underscored the key role Saudi Arabia plays in U.S. foreign policy[…]

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Obama leading delegation to Saudi

President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah’s death. Obama was cutting short the final day of his visit to India to make the trip to Riyadh,[…]

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