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Obama invites pope to White House

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and invited the pontiff to visit the White House. Obama made the spontaneous invitation as he was giving Francis a symbolic gift of seeds from the White House garden after 50 minutes of private talks in the pope's library. "If you have a chance, you can come to the White House and you can see the garden," Obama said to the pope as he was explaining the gift in the presence of reporters.

Obama meets 'inspiration' Pope to discuss inequality

Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home. The talks between the first Latin American pope and the first African-American US president will focus on tackling the gap between rich and poor, but could spill over into thornier issues such as abortion, contraception and gay rights.

Obama meets 'inspiration' Pope to discuss inequality

Barack Obama held a historic first meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday to discuss a shared agenda of fighting global inequality despite wide differences over issues like gay rights and contraception. Obama told Francis he was a "great admirer" at the start of their talks at the Vatican, which political observers said could be a bid to boost the US president's support at home among Catholic voters.

Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

By Robin Emmott and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports.

Obama warns of additional Russia sanctions if Ukraine crisis worsens

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the United States and its European partners are ready to impose additional sanctions on Russia if it fails to ease tensions over Ukraine. "We were consulting and putting in place the framework, the architecture for additional sanctions, additional costs" if the Ukraine crisis worsens, Obama said at a press conference after the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

Obama warns of additional Russia sanctions if Ukraine crisis worsens

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the United States and its European partners are ready to impose additional sanctions on Russia if it fails to ease tensions over Ukraine. "We were consulting and putting in place the framework, the architecture for additional sanctions, additional costs" if the Ukraine crisis worsens, Obama said at a press conference after the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

Xi urges de-escalation in Ukraine crisis

Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday that he wishes to see tensions in the Ukraine crisis eased and hopes for a diplomatic solution, a senior U.S. official said. Obama and Xi reaffirmed their commitment to deepening cooperation and building a new model of bilateral relations as they met on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands.

U.S. House plans Ukraine bill without IMF reforms: congressional sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee will introduce a bill on Friday providing aid to Ukraine, but it will not include reforms of the International Monetary Fund requested by the Obama administration, congressional aides said on Thursday.

Russia announces travel bans against US officials

Russia said Thursday it was introducing its own sanctions against US officials, minutes after US President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Russian officials over the Crimea crisis. "There should be no doubt: each hostile attack will be met in an adequate manner," the Russian foreign ministry said, adding that nine Obama aides and senators would not be able to enter Russia.

Obama announces sanctions on more Russian officials, bank

President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on more Russian officials, other individuals and a bank, and threatened to directly target the Russian economy over Moscow's absorption of Crimea. "Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community," Obama said at the White House. col/jm
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