Former convict with a gun rode elevator with Obama: report

Oct 1, 2014

Former convict with a gun rode elevator with Obama: report

Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator last month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols. The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service, which protects the president, comes after agency Director Julia ...

Obama, Modi tout potential for deeper economic ties

Oct 1, 2014

Obama, Modi tout potential for deeper economic ties

President Barack Obama and India’s new prime inister, Narendra Modi, touted the potential for deeper economic collaboration between the world’s two largest democracies Tuesday, while seeking to address concerns that they have grown apart. Following an Oval Office meeting, Obama praised Modi for his ...

White House intruder made it much farther than previously thought

Sep 30, 2014

White House intruder made it much farther than previously thought

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, The Washington Post and The New York Times newspapers reported Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the ...

Sep 30, 2014

Obama: U.S. 'underestimated' Islamic State threat

President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq’s army to fight such extremists. Obama described the U.S. intelligence assessments in response to a question ...

Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 people are killed

Sep 29, 2014

Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 people are killed

The shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged Monday when 12 soldiers and civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist east. A week after talks in Minsk yielded an agreement for a cease-fire and the ...

Sep 29, 2014

Obama says U.S. underestimated Islamic State gains in Syria

President Barack Obama said U.S. intelligence officials failed to appreciate the gains made by Islamic State extremists in Syria during the last few years of that country’s civil war. “I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said in a ...

Sep 28, 2014

Who's who in the battle against the Islamic State group

More than 50 countries, including more than a dozen Western ones, are taking part one way or another in a coalition to defeat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. officials. About 30 nations agreed in mid-September to provide Iraq ...

Cost of U.S. air war could hit $1 billion a month

Sep 28, 2014

Cost of U.S. air war could hit $1 billion a month

by Dan De Luce

The widening U.S. air war against Islamic State group jihadists in Syria and Iraq will cost more than the 2011 Libya conflict and the price could rise to a billion dollars a month, experts said Thursday. The Pentagon estimated in August the operation in ...