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Michelle Obama slams Trump in new book

WASHINGTON: Former US first lady Michelle Obama says she can "never forgive" Donald Trump for questioning her husband's American citizenship, saying the president and other "birthers" put her family at risk, in her hotly anticipated new memoir. Obama also says she was surprised that so many American women voted for the "misogynist" Trump over Hillary Clinton, "an exceptionally qualified female candidate," in the 2016 election. The book, "Becoming," hits stores on Tuesday. Obama, 54, will head out on a multi-city arena…

Obama visits Kenyan home to launch youth centre

WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama recounted fond memories of his family home in Kenya  on a visit Monday to launch a state-of-the-art youth centre run by his half-sister. Obama is on his first trip to Kenya since he was president in 2015, when he was unable to visit his ancestral home as his jet was too big to land in the western city of Kisumu, he recalled. "It is a joy to be back with so many people who are family to me, and so many people who claim to be family. Everybody's a cousin!" he joked, to hoots…

Trump questions why Obama did not act on claims of Russian election meddling

LONDON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday questioned why Barack Obama’s administration did not act on allegations of Russian meddling in the US 2016 presidential election. On Friday a federal grand jury said Russia’s military intelligence agency officers covertly monitored computers of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Democratic campaign committees, and stole large amounts of data. “The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administrations,” Trump…

Obama in talks to create shows for Netflix: NYT

WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama is in advanced talks with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Under the terms of a proposed deal, Netflix will pay Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama for exclusive content on the video streaming service, NYT said. The company declined to comment on the report. Obama will not use his Netflix shows to respond to President Donald Trump or conservative critics, and has…

Michelle Obama memoir set for highly anticipated release in November

WASHINGTON: A much-awaited memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama will be published in North America on November 13 and will appear simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide. In making the announcement on Sunday, Penguin Random House publishers' chief executive Markus Dohle called Obama "one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era." In an unusual gesture, one million copies are to be donated in the Obama family's name to "children in need," the publisher's statement said. "Writing BECOMING has been a…

Letterman lands Obama as first guest on new Netflix show

Veteran former US talk show host David Letterman will return to television on Jan. 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former US President Barack Obama, Netflix said on Friday. The company’s shares rose as much as 2 percent to a record of $209.72. Called “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” the six-episode series will also feature interviews with actor George Clooney, rapper Jay-Z, radio shock jock Howard Stern, comedian Tina Fey and Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace…

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…

Obama warns of social media dangers, in interview with Prince Harry

LONDON: Former US President Barack Obama told Britain's Prince Harry he was concerned social media was "corroding civil discourse", in what he said was his first interview since leaving the White House, aired Wednesday. "One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities," he told the prince, who was guest editing BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. Things aren't as simple as they've been portrayed in whatever…

Obama calls for more women in power as ‘men seem to be having problems’

PARIS: Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday called for more women to be put in positions of power "because men seem to be having some problems these days". "Not to generalise but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialisation," Obama said at an invitation-only event during a visit to Paris. He didn't mention any particular male leaders who are currently having problems but spoke of "the importance of more focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having…