Genocide threat decisive for U.S. to act in Iraq

| Aug 9, 2014

Genocide threat decisive for U.S. to act in Iraq

President Barack Obama had watched with alarm for most of the summer as an al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn’t until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that he decided the U.S. military had ...

Islamic State seizes Iraq's largest dam

Aug 8, 2014

Islamic State seizes Iraq's largest dam

Militants from the Islamic State group seized Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam Thursday, giving them control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad. The fighting has trapped tens of thousands of members of ...

U.S. weighs airstrikes, humanitarian aid in Iraq

Aug 8, 2014

U.S. weighs airstrikes, humanitarian aid in Iraq

The White House is weighing direct military strikes to stem an Islamic militant group’s gains in Iraq, as well as humanitarian relief for thousands of displaced religious minorities in the country’s north, according to U.S. defense officials and others familiar with the administration’s thinking. ...

Security, corruption key topics in Obama's talks with African leaders

Aug 7, 2014

Security, corruption key topics in Obama's talks with African leaders

President Barack Obama and dozens of African leaders opened talks Wednesday on two key issues that threaten to disrupt economic progress on the continent: security and government corruption. The discussions capped an unprecedented three-day gathering of African leaders in Washington. Much of the conference ...

Obama to announce $14 billion in U.S. corporate investments in Africa

Aug 6, 2014

Obama to announce $14 billion in U.S. corporate investments in Africa

President Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday that U.S. businesses have committed to investing $14 billion in construction, clean energy, banking and information technology projects across Africa, a White House official said. The announcement will occur at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, part of a ...

Aug 6, 2014

Obama to reduce role of nuclear arms in security policy: U.S. official

President Barack Obama remains committed to creating a world without nuclear weapons and his administration will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in security policy, according to a U.S. government official. Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, pressed Obama’s ...

Obama administration pushes reform as path to Africa investment

Aug 5, 2014

Obama administration pushes reform as path to Africa investment

The Obama administration is pressing African leaders to tackle corruption and give greater recognition to the rights of women as the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit opens in Washington. “No democracy can survive without the active, intense participation of its people,” Vice President Joe Biden ...

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Aug 4, 2014

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Ask Maj.-Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: “Pretty darn good!” But when “son of ...