Obama turns tourist in Petra

US President Barack Obama took time out of his diplomatic trip of the Middle East to marvel at the ancient city of Petra. His 24-hour visit to Jordan marked the end of his four-day visit to the region.

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Obama: Palestinians 'deserve a state of their own'

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to creating an independent Palestinian state saying "simply, Palestinians deserve a state of their own".

Obama said he has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace".

President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: AA/ABACA/Press Association Images

Speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama said he had not lost hope in achieving a two-state solution.

However, the President offered no new proposals to getting there.

Obama: US 'committed' to creating Palestinian state

President Barack Obama said the US remains "committed" to creating an independent Palestinian state as he addressed a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: A/ABACA/Press Association Images

Obama said US Secretary of State John Kerry will spend "significant time and energy" trying to narrow Israeli-Palestinian differences.

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Barack Obama's limo taken away by breakdown truck

The luxury limo of US President Barack Obama has been pictured on the back of a breakdown truck after the high tech vehicle came to a sudden halt yesterday. It's thought some one managed to top up the fuel with diesel rather than petrol.

Barack Obama is on a tour of the Middle East Credit: Reuters

As a result, it made a very unexpected diversion, on a trailer, on its way to a garage for repairs. See pictures of the broken down limo here.

President Barack Obama in the West Bank

US President Barack Obama has arrived in the West Bank for meetings with Palestinian leaders on Middle East peace prospects.

Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will hold a working lunch Credit: RTV

Expectations are low for any type of breakthrough on the peace process. Obama says he is focused on hearing from both parties on what it will take to restart negotiations.

Rare rocket attack in Israel coincides with Obama visit

US President Barack Obama will emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal later today. His message has been underscored with an attack by Palestinian militants in Gaza who launched rockets into southern Israel earlier today.

One rocket exploded in the courtyard of a house in the border town of Sderot. The other landed in an open field. No one was hurt. Our Middle East Correspondent John Ray says this kind of attack has become rare in recent months.

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Obama: Assad will be responsible for chemical weapons

Obama has warned of 'consequences' if chemical weapons are used in Syria. Credit: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

US President Barack Obama has said the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be held accountable if chemical weapons had been used in his country.

Obama, on a visit to Israel, said the US was still investigating whether the weapons had been used.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said: "We have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake.

"The Assad regime must understand that they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists."

Obama’s limo breaks down after fuel mix-up

Obama seen in the replacement vehicle. Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Barack Obama’s maiden trip to Israel as US President has not started as smoothly as planned.

“The Beast limo”, famed for its apparent robustness, broke down after a driver reportedly filled the famous vehicle with diesel instead of petrol.

The vehicle, which was meant to transport Obama around Jerusalem, grounded to a halt on the motorway between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem.

Most of the “Beast’s” specifications are classified for security reasons but it does protect against a biochemical attack whilst a blood bank of the President’s blood type is concealed in the boot.

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