President Barack Obama - updates

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Fired-up Obama attacks Trump and Republicans

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:13 AM

This marks the first time former President Barack Obama has directly criticized President Donald Trump since leaving office

US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

To President Obama, with love

Jan 19, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Obama didn’t teach me how to transcend my race Instead he taught me how to embrace it

A portrait of US President Barack Obama as he listened during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden, October 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Abe, Obama hail reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:35 AM

The two global leaders paid homage to the more than 2 400 Americans killed on December 7 1941

RECONCILIATION. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greet Pearl Harbor survivors on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kent Nishimura/AFP

Thousands to attend American space legend John Glenn's memorial

Dec 17, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The public memorial will be in the Ohio State University campus

AMERICAN LEGEND. United States Marines stand next the casket of former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, as he lays in state at the Ohio Statehouse. Photo by  Joshua Lott / AFP

Prioritize fishing issues with China, lawmaker says

Oct 12, 2016 - 4:52 PM

What is important now is the issue of fishing because it is a matter of livelihood Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says

BACK TO SEA. File photo of Filipino Fishermen joining an anti-China rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte may have insulted Obama, but he also held US to account

Sep 11, 2016 - 2:08 PM

If we condemn President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks because we claim to be concerned about the rights of Filipinos while showing no interest in acknowledging the past crimes and injustices against the Philippines we fall into our own sort of hypocrisy

HOLDING US TO ACCOUNT. This combination image of two photographs taken on September 5, 2016 shows, at left, US President Barack Obama speaking during a press conference following the conclusion of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, and at right, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaking during a press conference in Davao City, the Philippines, prior to his departure for Laos to attend the ASEAN summit.  US President Barack Obama on September 5 called a planned meeting with Rodrigo Duterte into question after the Philippine leader criticized him and the US. Images by Saul Loeb and Manman Dejeto/AFP

China's Xi warns against 'empty talk' as G20 summit opens

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED President Xi Jinping urges his fellow world leaders to steer the global economy back to the road of strong balanced comprehensive and sustainable growth

(Front row L-R) Brazil's President Michel Temer, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's President Xi Jinping, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi; (2nd Row L-R) Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Laos' President Bounnhang Vorachith, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chad's President Idriss Deby, Senegal's President Macky Sall, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker; (3rd row L-R) Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, (unknown), IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and three others pose for family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5. / AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER

Obama to press China on steel at G20, Lew says

Sep 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Excess capacity distorts markets and the environment harms our workers and runs counter to our efforts to achieve strong sustainable and balanced growth

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks about his upcoming trip to China, at the Brookings Institute, on August 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Lew will be traveling to later today to Hangzhou, China to attend the G20 Summit. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Forget US politics, rally around Olympians - Obama

Aug 06, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Among the US athletes is a fencing champion from suburban Jersey who’ll become the first American Olympian to wear a hijab while competing

DIVERSITY. Obama, in his morning radio and online address on August 6, praises Team USA's diversity. File photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

WATCH: Obama tries to name every dead 'Game of Thrones' character

Jun 28, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Obama proves that there are things harder than registering to vote – such as naming all the dead characters on Game of Thrones

Screengrab from YouTube/BuzzFeed Video (Obama); Photos courtesy of HBO Asia, screengrabs from YouTube/GameOfThrones

Terror returns to US with gay club massacre

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:02 PM

US anti terror strategy comes under fresh scrutiny after a gunman previously cleared of jihadist ties launched a hate fueled rampage in a Florida gay club that left 50 people dead

VIGIL. People gather to mourn, honor and remember the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting at Newtown, in Sydney, Australia, 13 June 2016. Photo by Sam Mooy / Australia and New Zealand Out / EPA

Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima

May 27, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world s first nuclear strike seven decades ago come face to face with the present day commander in chief of the country that launched the attack And one of them gets a hug

HUG. US President Barack Obama hugs Shigeaki Moria, survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016. Photo by Jim Watson / AFP

US states sue federal government over transgender bathroom use

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Texas and 10 other states accuse the Obama administration of running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights

epa05303100 (FILE) A file picture dated 16 april 2016 shows an 'All Gender' bathroom sign at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, USA. According to reports from 13 May 2016, the US administration plans to direct public schools to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they prefer to match their gender identity. EPA/JASON SZENES

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

May 24, 2016 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama urges Vietnam to abandon authoritarianism saying that bolstering rights actually reinforces stability

epa05325943 US President Barack Obama addresses his speech to the Vietnamese people at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 24 May 2016. EPA/KHAM/POOL

Obama calls for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes

May 24, 2016 - 4:15 PM

US President Barack Obama who is on a visit to Vietnam says big nations should not bully smaller ones

CHINA’S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May of China’s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Chinese media slam US lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

May 24, 2016 - 2:55 PM

US President Barack Obama had said that the lifting of the embargo was not based on China but Chinese media say that is a very poor lie

epa05324583 US President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) review an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. During the first day of his visit Obama announced that the US will lift its arms embargo on weapon sales to Vietnam. EPA/MINH HOANG

Obama, Anthony Bourdain drop-in for pork soup stuns Vietnam street shop owner

May 24, 2016 - 2:45 PM

US President Barack Obama squeezes in a visit to the Bun Cha Huong Lien eatery while on his first visit to Vietnam

US President Barack Obama (C) departs after eating dinner at Bun cha Huong Lien with CNN's Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi late on May 23, 2016. Obama praised "strengthening ties" between the United States and Vietnam at the start of a landmark visit on May 23, as the former wartime foes deepen trade links and share concerns over Chinese actions in disputed seas. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

Apr 20, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The visit is for alliance building but an analyst says it will also likely highlight how far Washington and Riyadh have drifted apart

epa05268861 A handout photograph released by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) meeting with US President Barack Obama (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20 April 2016. Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and participate on 21 April in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit. HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

White House tax moves sink massive Pfizer-Allergan merger

Apr 06, 2016 - 11:40 PM

Pfizer and Allergan cancel their huge merger as US President Barack Obama hits businesses for using legal loopholes to avoid taxes

epa05054872 A logo outside Pfizer headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 04 December 2015. New York-based Pfizer Inc. and Dublin, Ireland-based Allergan plc on 23 November 2015 announced that the two companies have entered a 160 billion USD merger agreement, creating world's largest pharmaceutical company. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

US readies New Year push to expel migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:31 AM

US President Barack Obama s administration is planning an operation to round up and expel migrant families fleeing drought and violence in Central America

WAITING. Migrants from Central America wait for the train that will take them to the US border in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, on December 7, 2013. Photo by Hector Guerrero / AFP

Obama meets families of San Bernardino shooting victims

Dec 19, 2015 - 5:57 PM

The mass shooting on December 2 left 14 people dead and 22 wounded in what is being investigated as a terror attack

SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING.US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press at Indian Springs High School December 18, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, after meeting with loved ones of shooting victims.AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

US Planned Parenthood shooter spoke of 'no more baby parts'

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:02 PM

The alleged shooter was arrested after a deadly attack on a family planning clinic in Colorado Springs

Obama says 'enough is enough' after latest deadly shooting

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:56 PM

3rd UPDATE US President Barack Obama denounces America s epidemic of gun violence after yet another deadly shooting saying enough is enough

ROBERT DEAR. This booking photo released by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Robert L. Dear, 57, the suspect in the November 27, 2015, shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by the Colorado Springs Police Department / AFP

Hollande, Cameron to meet for Syria, anti-terrorism talks

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The meeting opens a week of intense diplomatic exchanges in which Hollande will meet with US President Barack Obama Russia s Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the wake of France s worst ever terror attack

MEETING ON TERROR ATTACKS. French President Francois Hollande will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris  to discuss the Syrian crisis

Filipina startup founder shares stage with Obama, Jack Ma

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:28 PM

Aisa Mijeno seizes the moment and tells US President Obama and Alibaba s Jack Ma that her company needs support

PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Aisa Mijeno, founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting tells US President Barack Obama and Alibaba founder Jack Ma what innovators like her need to make positive changes in the world.

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Nov 17, 2015 - 7:10 PM

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MSF demands international probe into Kunduz air strike

Oct 07, 2015 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED MSF chief: This was not just an attack on our hospital it was an attack on the Geneva conventions This cannot be tolerated

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:18 AM

General John Campbell s statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday s October 3 devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage

ATTACKED. In this photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, fires burn in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike. AFP/MSF

Obama vows full probe into Afghan hospital airstrike

Oct 04, 2015 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Doctors Without Borders MSF says patients burned to death in their beds during a raid that continued for more than an hour early Saturday October 3 even after US and Afghan authorities were informed the hospital had been hit

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Obama takes daughters on New York outing

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:02 AM

The president arrives Friday in the city taking his teenage daughters out for a visit

US President Barack Obama with daughter Sasha leave the residence to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 17 July 2015. EPA/OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL

'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

Jul 07, 2015 - 10:21 AM

George Clooney and President Obama are among those who mourn his passing

A file picture dated 21 May 2013 shows US producer Jerry Weintraub attending a press conference during the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. According to US media reports, Weintraub died of cardiac arrest on 06 July 2015, at the age of 77. EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

Kenya protesters warn Obama against bringing up gay rights during visit

Jul 06, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Kenyan anti gay protesters march in Nairobi warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits the country of his ancestors later this month

NO TO ‘OBAMA AND OBAMA.’ Kenyan anti-gay activists led by church leaders and members of parliament shout slogans in front of the Supreme Court during an anti-gay demonstration in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 06 July 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / AFP

Putin tells Obama: US-Russia dialogue key to global stability

Jul 04, 2015 - 6:45 PM

The Russian President says the two countries are able to find solutions to some of the most difficult international problems

POWERHOUSES. Putin said the Russia and the United States are able to find solutions to some of the most difficult international problems. File photo from Rappler

Chris Martin of Coldplay sings ’Til Kingdom Come’ at Beau Biden’s funeral

Jun 07, 2015 - 1:21 PM

US Vice President Joe Biden’s late son was a Coldplay fan To honor him Chris Martin volunteers to play at the funeral singing Til Kingdom Come

Hillary for US president, Trillanes on Binay bribe, Pacman music video | The wRap

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Hillary Clinton runs for the US presidency Senator Trillanes says the Binays bribed two justices Manny Pacquiao has a new music video

Hillary Clinton to launch White House bid Sunday

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy via social media and a video message several media reports say followed by a low key campaign swing through key state Iowa

DEEPER ENGAGEMENT. Analysts say if Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama, she will push for deeper engagement with the Asia-Pacific. File photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images North America/AFP

Mamasapano viral video, Obama on extremism, Orton on Pacquiao | The wRap

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:55 PM

The NBI says the BIFF might have killed a SAF trooper in a viral video US President Obama urges leaders to unite against extremism A PBA import says Pacquiao playing basketball is “a joke”

Mamasapano probe, MILF to return weapons, Obama delays Ukraine arms | The wRap

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano links the MILF to terrorist groups Rebel group vows to return the weapons of 44 cops Obama holds off supplying weapons to Ukraine

WATCH: YouTube stars quiz Obama

Jan 23, 2015 - 11:22 PM

Bethany Mota Hank Green and GloZell Green talk to the US president on recent State of the Union address

Bilibid explosion, Charlie Hebdo, Papal visit guidelines | The wRap

Jan 08, 2015 - 7:26 PM

An explosion in a Philippine jail kills at least 1 injures 19 The manhunt for the French magazine massacre suspects begins No bags allowed for those who want to see Pope Francis the Philippines

Obama telephones Pakistan's Sharif

Nov 22, 2014 - 4:18 PM

US Pesident Barack Obama informs Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of his forthcoming trip to India and says he would visit Pakistan as soon as the situation normalizes in the country

Obama pushes for world climate pact after China deal

Nov 15, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Announcing a 3 billion contribution to a UN backed climate mitigation fund Obama says all countries must play their part in the fight against climate change

Obama takes responsibility for Democrats' election rout

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:30 AM

The message that I took from this election and we ve seen this in a number of elections successive elections is people want to see this city Washington work

EXECUTIVE POWER. Obama renewes his vow to use his executive powers to make changes to the immigration system – unless Republicans approve legislation by the end of the year. File photo by AFP/Saul Loeb

North Korea prisoner release 'move to ease rights pressure'

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The surprise release of two jailed American citizens is proof that North Korea is genuinely rattled by United Nation s move to charge their leadership analysts say

Singapore on US' role in disputes: You're not omnipotent

Oct 29, 2014 - 12:07 AM

Singapore s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells the United States that to stay relevant in Asia it must maintain good ties with China

ADVICE FOR US. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gives advice to the United States on how to stay relevant in Asia. Photo from Forbes

Obama promise to PH troops echoed at end of PH-US war games

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:25 PM

Against the backdrop of maritime disputes in the West Philippines Sea up to 4 000 Filipinos and US troops joined the annual PH US Amphibious Landing Exercises conducted in coasts facing the disputed waters

PHIBLEX: Up to 4,000 Filipino and American marines and sailors join the annual war games exclusive to the navies. All photos courtesy of the Philippine Marines

Obama warns of 'long-term project' in Iraq

Aug 09, 2014 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED I m not going to give a particular timetable because as I ve said from the start wherever and whenever US personnel and facilities are threatened it s my obligation my responsibility as commander in chief to make sure they are protected the US president tells reporters

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Ratify UNCLOS, Philippines' lawyer tells US

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Ratifying it will remove China s excuse for not following UNCLOS says the Philippines lawyer in its case against China Paul Reichler

DISPUTED WATERS. US Navy personnel raise their flag during the bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and US Navy dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2014) aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing on June 28, 2014. Photo by Noel Celis/Pool/EPA

Britain launching global superbug fight

Jul 03, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine back into the dark ages

AFP file photo