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Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

Obama, Biden visit Pennsylvania to promote job-training plan

By Steve Holland OAKDALE, Penn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a trip to a Pennsylvania community college on Wednesday to promote a plan to train workers for skills they need for hard-to-fill jobs. For security reasons, Obama and Biden flew in separate planes for the event in this suburb of Pittsburgh but rode in the same limousine from the airport and appeared together at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Michael Bloomberg plans $50 million to build gun control network to fight NRA

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

Obama tells faith leaders he won't change immigration laws while Hill action still possible

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation. Obama met in the Oval Office with six religious leaders. Following the meeting, the president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, Luis Cortes, said the president told them that "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists."

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.

Michael Bloomberg rules out 2016 presidential bid

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday ruled out mounting a 2016 presidential campaign. In an appearance on NBC's "Today" program, the man who was mayor of the Big Apple until a few months ago said, when asked, that he has no interest in running for president at this time.

Michael Bloomberg rules out 2016 presidential bid

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday ruled out mounting a 2016 presidential campaign. In an appearance on NBC's "Today" program, the man who was mayor of the Big Apple until a few months ago said, when asked, that he has no interest in running for president at this time.

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million in anti-gun drive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters.
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