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Obama to visit Asia with commitment to region as main focus

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to visit Asia next week on a tour aimed at allaying any doubts about his commitment to the region. The trip, which will take him to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, is unlikely to result in remarkable outcomes but taking clear positions on North Korea's nuclear programs and China's maritime presence should be a priority, commentators in Washington say.

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.

Obama urges House Republicans to vote for immigration reform

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- President Barack Obama marked Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the introduction of the bipartisan immigration reform approved last June by the Senate by calling on Republicans in the House of Representatives "to listen to the will of the American people" and bring the measure to a vote.

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 commutes sentence of man mistakenly given extra jail time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Frustrated immigration activists urge Obama to curb deportations, warning of political peril

WASHINGTON - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists' only hope.

Obama to visit Japan on April 23-25: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to South Korea on April 25, Malaysia on April 26 and the Philippines on April 28 before departing for Washington the following day, it said. On April 24, Obama is scheduled to hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Obama asks Putin to urge pro-Russia militants to back down in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to use his influence to get pro-Russia militants in eastern Ukraine to leave government and police buildings they have seized, the White House said. Obama and Putin spoke on the phone amid heightened tensions triggered by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula last month, but little progress was made in finding a way out of the crisis.

Obama calls for irregular forces to lay down arms in Ukraine

US President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine amid escalating tensions. In the call requested by Moscow, Obama "emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized," the White House said in a statement. oh/

Obama calls for irregular forces to lay down arms in Ukraine

US President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine amid escalating tensions. Obama used the phone call requested by Moscow to express his "grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine," the White House said.
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