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Obama: We all feel the ache of James Foley's loss

President Barack Obama said all Americans "feel the ache" of the loss of James Foley, the US journalist beheaded in a video released by Islamic State militants.

Obama said Foley was "a man who lived for his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings and was liked and loved by friends and family."

"All of us mourn his loss," the President said.

Obama says Islamic State 'speaks for no religion'

President Barack Obama has stressed that Islamic State "speaks for no religion".

"No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day," he said in response to the video released showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

"Isil has no ideology of any value to any human beings their ideology is bankrupt," Obama said. "Isil has no place in the 21st Century."

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Obama: 'Entire world is appalled' by journalist's murder

President Barack Obama has said the "entire world is appalled" by the murder of US journalist James Foley.

"Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that has shocked the conscience of the whole world," Obama said at a press conference.

US President Barack Obama.
US President Barack Obama. Credit: RTV

US intelligence officials earlier confirmed that the Islamic State video of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff - who is still believed to be held captive - was authentic.

Obama signs MH17 book of condolence at embassy

US President Barack Obama has signed a book of condolence for the victims of the MH17 air disaster at the Netherlands embassy in America.

Barack Obama signing a book of condolence.
Barack Obama signing a book of condolence. Credit: Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States

After signing the book, Obama said: "[I wanted to] express solidarity with the people of the Netherlands."

He added that the US will work with the country to ensure "justice is done".

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Obama and Miliband 'affirmed US-UK ties'

The White House said Barack Obama and Ed Miliband "affirmed the strong ties that bind the United States and the United Kingdom" during their brief meeting at the White House today.

President Obama joined National Security Advisor Rice’s meeting today with Mr. Ed Miliband, leader of the United Kingdom’s opposition Labour Party.

Mr. Miliband was meeting with Ambassador Rice to discuss issues of shared concern, including the situations in Ukraine, Israel/Gaza, and Iraq.

– White House statement

Read: Miliband stakes his claim as an international statesman

Miliband and Obama hold 'warm and friendly' talks

Barack Obama spoke with Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander at the White House.
Barack Obama spoke with Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander at the White House.

Ed Miliband has met with US President Barack Obama at the White House, conducting what the Labour leader called "warm and friendly" talks.

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I've just had warm and friendly talks with President Obama discussing Ukraine, Gaza, Europe and the economy.

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Britain in Europe working in partnership with America is the best way to promote stability and prosperity across the globe.

Read: Miliband stakes his claim as an international statesman

Obama: 'Russia has failed' in halting weapons flow

A pro-Russian separatist stands on a tank in eastern Ukraine.
A pro-Russian separatist stands on a tank in eastern Ukraine. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

President Barack Obama announced more sanctions on Russia yesterday, stating that Russia is not doing enough to halt the flow of weapons and fighters into eastern Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters at the White House he said:

These sanctions are significant, but they are also targeted, designed to have the maximum impact on Russia while limiting any spillover impact on American companies or those of our allies.

Ive repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine.

So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned.

– President Obama

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