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Change ‘won’t come in one election cycle’: Obama

WASHINGTON: Former United States President Barack Obama spoke of his pride Wednesday over Democratic gains made in the midterm congressional elections -- but warned the battle for much-needed reforms had only just begun. Democrats won the House of Representatives on Tuesday but Republicans increased their majority in the Senate in an election which revealed a country still sharply divided along party lines. "Our work goes on. The change we need won't come from one election alone -- but it is a start. Last night, voters…

Suspected explosives sent to Obama, Clinton, CNN

WASHINGTON: Suspected explosive devices were sent to former president Barack Obama, defeated presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and to a building housing CNN's New York bureau less than 24 hours apart and less than two weeks before key US midterm elections, officials confirmed Wednesday. The targeted Democrats are among the most high-profile political figures in the United States, which goes to the polls on November 6 in elections seen as a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump. CNN has distinguished itself in…

Trump threatens to yank clearances from ex-officials

WASHINGTON: The White House on Monday threatened to strip six former US intelligence and law enforcement officials, including Obama-era CIA director John Brennan, of their security clearances as President Donald Trump considers striking back at critics of his summit meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Trump’s administration is also considering taking away the security clearances of former FBI Director James Comey, a vocal critic fired by Trump last year.…

Obama makes veiled attack on Trump in speech to remember Mandela

JOHANNESBURG: Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn that the world had plunged into “strange and uncertain times”, in what is likely to be seen as a veiled attack on Donald Trump. Obama made no direct reference to his successor but warned that “politics of fear and resentment” were spreading, driven by leaders who scorned facts and told lies with an “utter loss of shame”. He also blasted climate-change denial, race-based migration policies, unbridled capitalism and “strongman…

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

LOS ANGELES: Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday. The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly including scripted series, documentaries and features. "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them…

Obamas pen heartfelt letter to Parkland school after shooting incident

The Obamas heartfelt letter to the students affected by the Parkland School shooting moved many to tears. Michelle and Barrack Obama penned down a letter to the students at the Parkland school showing their support and commending them for speaking out for gun control ahead of the huge "march for our lives" protest organized in Washington this weekend. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida witnessed the barbaric massacre which resulted in 17 students losing their lives. The students of the school…

Obama’s old photo surfaces that was kept secret ‘to protect his presidency’

WASHINGTON: A 13-year-old photo of Barack Obama posing with the Nation of Islam's leader that was kept secret in order to protect the former president's career, a US-based journalist has claimed. Askia Muhammad snapped the photo of Obama smiling alongside Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan during a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in 2005. Muhammad, who revealed the photo on Thursday, told the Trice Edney News Wire that he 'gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy' out of concern that it could…

Obama most admired man among Americans: Gallup poll

WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama is the most admired man in the United States and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton the most admired woman, according to a poll published Wednesday. Obama came out on top of the annual Gallup survey for the 10th year in a row while Clinton, who lost last year's presidential election to Donald Trump, was named the most admired woman for the 16th straight year. Seventeen percent of the Americans polled said Obama was the man they admired most, down from 22 percent last…

Trump, Obama dominate Twitter year, but chicken nuggets prevail

US President Donald Trump continued to dominate Twitter in 2017 even though former President Barack Obama’s tweets were more liked and both were blown away by one man’s quest for free chicken nuggets. Twitter revealed the year’s most liked and retweeted tweets on Tuesday, reflecting how a nation bitterly divided between Republicans and Democrats is likewise split on social media. Trump, whose 44 million followers of @realDonaldTrump rank him 21st on Twitter, was the most tweeted about world leader and U.S. elected…