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Obama to visit Japan, three other Asian countries in April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April, six months after a scrapped tour of the region raised questions about his commitment to an increasingly influential region of the world.

Obama: Britain and France like 'gorgeous' daughters

President Barack Obama Tuesday said France and Britain -- jealous rivals for US affection -- were like his beloved daughters, Malia and Sasha, who he could choose between. Obama skillfully skipped through an Anglo-Gallic minefield when asked by a French reporter if America's oldest ally, and not Britain, was not now its best friend. "I have two daughters," Obama said, as he stood with French President Francois Hollande at a White House news conference. "They are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.

Obama: Britain and France like 'gorgeous' daughters

President Barack Obama Tuesday said France and Britain -- jealous rivals for US affection -- were like his beloved daughters, Malia and Sasha, who he could not choose between. Obama skillfully skipped through an Anglo-Gallic minefield when asked by a French reporter if America's oldest ally, and not Britain, was not now its best friend. "I have two daughters," Obama said, as he stood with French President Francois Hollande at a White House news conference. "They are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.

Obama admin. unveils another delay in health law mandate that larger businesses cover workers

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is giving another delay to business groups concerned about the health care law's requirement that larger firms cover their workers. The Treasury Department announced Monday that companies with 50 to 99 employees have an additional year to comply with the coverage mandate, until January 1, 2016. For businesses with 100 or more employees the requirement will still take effect in 2015. But other newly announced provisions may help some of those firms.

Obama announces $750M in pledges from companies to connect students to high-speed Internet

ADELPHI, Md. - Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet. Apple is pledging $100 million in iPads, computers and other tools. AT "In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools," Obama said at a middle school in the Washington suburb of Adelphi, Md. Students there are assigned iPads that they use in class and at home.

'All appropriate steps' being taken on Americans' safety in Sochi

President Barack Obama has been assured that the United States is "taking all appropriate steps regarding the safety of Americans" at the upcoming Winter Olympics, the White House said Tuesday. During a high-level briefing in the Situation Room, Obama directed his team to continue to work closely with the Russian government and "to review carefully and act on any new information that might affect the security of the Games."

Obama spars with Fox News host in testy pre-Super Bowl interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama accused Fox News on Sunday of keeping alive controversies the White House believes have been settled in a testy interview that aired before the NFL's Super Bowl, the most-viewed sports event in the United States.

Obama foundation launches presidential library project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of President Barack Obama launched a foundation on Friday that will plan the building of his presidential library. "The Barack H. Obama Foundation is tasked with planning the development of a Presidential Library that reflects President Obama's values and priorities throughout his career in public service: expanding economic opportunity, inspiring an ethic of American citizenship, and promoting peace, justice, and dignity throughout the world," the foundation said in a statement.

Obama targets help for long term unemployed

President Barack Obama Friday took aim at the "illusion" that workers who have spent months or years without a job are unemployable, harnessing the support of top US firms like Apple, Walmart and Boeing. Obama secured pledges from CEOs and human resources directors to ensure that employment recruitment and screening practices do not discriminate against the long term unemployed. "Every job applicant deserves a fair shot," Obama said at a White House event gathering CEOs of top firms and owners of small businesses.

Obama says Sochi Olympics 'safe'

US President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Friday that the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi will be "safe," although he cautioned there were "always some risks" of a terror attack. The United States has "a good sense" of the security measures being put in place by Russia, Obama said, adding that Americans planning to go to the Games in the Black Sea resort should do so. "I'd tell them that I believe Sochi is safe, and that there are always some risks in these large international gatherings," he said in the interview with CNN.
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