Obama says Sony hack not an act of war


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. | Video

Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general 2:20am GMT

HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said.


Young Cuban-American groups emerge as Obama allies 21 Dec 2014

MIAMI - For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker.


Lawmaker calls for strong U.S. response to Sony hack, including sanctions 21 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday called for a "very serious" U.S. reaction, including sanctions, to a North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, saying it was not enough for the United States to restrict that country's cyber capability.


Obama vows 'do everything I can' to close Guantanamo: CNN interview 21 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home.


Obama says Putin presiding over economic contraction: CNN interview 21 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying in a TV interview due for broadcast later on Sunday that Putin was presiding over "a huge economic contraction" due to the Ukraine crisis.


CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT 20 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.


Obama says normalization offers best chance to influence Cuba 19 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - Normalized relations with Cuba will give the United States its best chance to influence the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Friday, and he urged Congress to ease the U.S. economic embargo against Havana. | Video


Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015 19 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad.


Potential U.S. Republican 2016 contenders spar over Cuba policy 19 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - Neither is officially running for president yet, but potential Republican 2016 presidential candidates Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have trading barbs about Cuba in what were the opening shots of an intraparty fight over U.S. policy toward Havana.