Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation
2012-04-17 00:26:49 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sat patiently through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies.
The United States instead e...
Clinton says U.S. will keep sanctions on Iran
2012-04-17 01:42:14 UTC
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The United States will maintain sanctions and other pressure on Iran as Tehran considers what it will bring to the table in the next round of talks over its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.
Iran's foreign minister was quoted earlier ...
Using AIDS drugs to prevent infection: a bargain?
2012-04-16 23:24:53 UTC
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Giving an AIDS-fighting drug to men who are at high risk of HIV infection would cost billions, but it might be worth it terms of reducing infection rates, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
Since 2010, when a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that gi...
Government training conference "raucous, arrogant": ex-chief
2012-04-16 19:27:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An annual federal training conference deteriorated during the past decade from a productive gathering into "a raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self-congratulatory event," an ousted U.S. government administrator said on Monday.
Testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing, M...
Kris Kobach: Immigration isn't just a federal matter
2012-04-16 18:19:20 UTC
(Reuters) - The battle over illegal immigration heads to the U.S. Supreme Court next week, when the court will hear arguments for and against new Arizona laws requiring police, employers and landlords to expose undocumented immigrants.
Arizona of course is not alone in its crackdown on illegal...
Obama says will be "angry" if agents scandal proved
2012-04-16 03:34:06 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he would be "angry" if allegations of improper conduct against Secret Service personnel in Colombia around the Summit of the Americas are confirmed.
"We represent the people of the United States, and when we travel to another cou...
Mexican cartels trick border crossers into being drug mules
2012-04-15 21:08:28 UTC
SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) - The Mexican help wanted ads offer a quick $500 for a simple job - drive a car into California on an errand for an "important business" organization.
But the new boss may be a drug cartel and the cargo may not be vital papers, or even money, but illegal narcoti...
Latin America rebels against U.S. over Cuba
2012-04-15 20:52:45 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Unprecedented Latin American opposition to U.S. sanctions on Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at a summit on Sunday and illustrated Washington's declining influence in a region being aggressively courted by China.
Unlike the rock-star status he enjoyed ...
U.S. says Colombia trade deal to take effect in May
2012-04-15 20:33:31 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, far earlier than expected, as a result of what the Obama administration called "historic" progress for Colombian worker protections and human rights.
The announcement came during the Summit...
White House sees "positive first step" in Iran talks
2012-04-15 02:13:44 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Talks in Istanbul on Saturday among negotiators from Iran and six world powers including the United States represented "a positive first step" in addressing international concern over the Iranian nuclear program, the White House said.
The parties in Turkey discu...
Obama's partying guards embarrass U.S. at summit
2012-04-15 02:05:43 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and soldiers tasked with protecting President Barack Obama at a summit in Colombia have instead embarrassed the United States by trying to consort with prostitutes.
The muddled and murky incident involving 16 security personnel and at ...
Scandal mars Obama's wooing of Latin America
2012-04-15 00:55:02 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - A prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia threatened on Saturday to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.
In a major embarrassment for the United States at the Summit of the Americas attended by more than 3...
Obama calls Romney's immigration stance "troublesome"
2012-04-14 17:41:20 UTC
CARTAGENA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama attacked Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Saturday over his stance on illegal immigrants and promised to pursue broad immigration reform if he wins another term.
On a three-day visit to Colombia for a summit with Latin American lea...
U.S. watches for North Korea's next move after rocket crash
2012-04-14 17:34:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States kept a wary eye on North Korea after the reclusive state's unsuccessful launch of a long-range rocket and President Barack Obama said on Friday Pyongyang faced further isolation if it continued to defy the international community.
The White House suspen...
Obama cites potential of billion consumers in the Americas
2012-04-14 17:28:18 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on Saturday the "great promise" for business growth in the Americas, seeking to play up the economic heft of the region he has paid little attention to in his first three years in office.
In remarks prepared for a meeting of ...
At gun convention, many see rush to judgment in Trayvon Martin case
2012-04-14 05:17:15 UTC
ST. LOUIS, Missouri (Reuters) - Gun-rights activists at a National Rifle Association convention said on Friday that protesters who demanded the arrest of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin were ignoring the U.S. legal principle of innocent until proven guil...
New U.S. sanctions may hinge on Iran talks: Congress aides
2012-04-14 05:10:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fate of a new package of sanctions on Iran proposed by U.S. lawmakers may hinge on whether Iran and six major world powers can make any progress at high-level talks this weekend toward resolving a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
There is broad support among ...
Obama likely paid higher tax rate than Romney in 2011
2012-04-14 04:59:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama released tax forms on Friday that reveal he will probably pay a higher tax rate on much lower income than likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney in 2011, adding fuel to a Democratic election-year effort to raise taxes on the rich.
Obama and his wif...
Democratic Super PACs off to modest 2012 start
2012-04-14 04:54:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fundraising by Democratic "Super PACs" is off to a slow start for the 2012 campaign season, compared with aggressive efforts by Republican groups that plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in fights for congressional seats and the White House.
Three major Democra...
Obama urged at summit to focus on Latin America
2012-04-14 04:40:57 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Washington should turn back to alliances with neighbors in Latin America rather than focus on faraway conflicts like Afghanistan, Colombia's president said on Friday before welcoming President Barack Obama to the Americas Summit.
U.S. influence has waned in rece...
Obama: will isolate North Korea further after failed launch
2012-04-13 22:33:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would work with the international community to further isolate North Korea after the country's unsuccessful launch of a long-range missile drew worldwide condemnation.
"It's important to know that they've been ...
House to try again to advance Keystone pipeline
2012-04-13 17:11:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will revive efforts to quickly advance the stalled Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and insist that approval for the project be part of a long-term deal to fund highways and other infrastructure.
Earlier this year, President...
Shooter of Florida teen Trayvon Martin pleads not guilty
2012-04-13 02:36:48 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A handcuffed George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and his lawyer said a not guilty plea was entered on his "frightened" client's behalf.
The neighborhood watch volunteer's law...
White House: North Korean rocket launch was provocative act
2012-04-13 02:33:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday North Korea's failed rocket launch was a provocative act that left the country isolated and in violation of international law.
"Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea's provocative action threatens regional secur...
Wall Street rallies as global fears ebb, Google up late
2012-04-13 01:09:01 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks scored a second day of solid gains on Thursday, led by materials and energy stocks, as investors set aside weak figures on the domestic labor market.
Rumors about strong growth figures due overnight from China helped wash away some of the worries that hit stock...