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Obama: ‘I’ve Got To Make Sure We’ve Got The Facts’ On Syria

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the United States should not rush into further involvement into the bloody Syrian conflict, but should rather thoroughly investigate initial intelligence assessments that concluded chemical weapons were likely used by the Assad regime.

Obama On Closing Gitmo: ‘I’m Going To Go Back At This’

President Obama on Tuesday pledged to renew efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, asserting that the detention facility “needs to be closed.”

Grand Canyon uranium mining set to go ahead despite ban from Obama

Uranium mining on the doorstep of the Grand Canyon national park is set to go ahead in 2015 despite a ban imposed last year by Barack Obama.

White House Rolls Out Slimmed-Down Application Form For Health Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first draft was as mind-numbing and complex as tax forms. Now the Obama administration is unveiling a simplified application for health insurance benefits under the federal health care overhaul.

Eurozone unemployment hits new high

Governments across the eurozone have again been left counting the human cost of the financial crisis after news that unemployment in the currency bloc reached a record high, driven by soaring youth joblessness.

George Zimmerman waives stand-your-ground defence at pre-trial hearing

George Zimmerman told a judge on Tuesday that he “freely and voluntarily” waived his right to seek immunity from prosecution for the murder of Trayvon Martin under Florida‘s controversial stand-your-ground law.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev shows why gun control ‘terror gap’ must be bridged

The discovery that the suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on a national terrorism watch list has put the spotlight on one of the most glaring flaws in US gun laws: that even suspected terrorists can legally buy weapons and explosives.

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