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Obama calls marriage ruling 'a victory for America'

US President Barack Obama called the same-sex marriage ruling "a victory for America."

"This morning the Supreme Court recognised that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality," Obama told journalists in the White House Rose Garden.

"In doing so they've reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love," he continued.

"This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts - when all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free."

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Obama hails same-sex marriage ruling as 'a big step'

President Barack Obama has called the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage "a big step in our march toward equality":

Obama tells Hollande: The US is not spying on you

President Obama has told French President Francois Hollande that the US is not spying on his phone calls.

US and French presidents have discussed the Wikileaks spying claims Credit: Reuters

The two leaders spoke by phone earlier after the release of WikiLeaks documents which claimed the National Security Agency had spied on Hollande and his two predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

The White House said Mr Obama had "reiterated that we have abided by the commitment we made to our French counterparts in late 2013 that we are not targeting and will not target the communications of the French president".

Mr Hollande had earlier described the allegations as "unacceptable between allies".

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Obama: Talks will cover Russian aggression in Ukraine

US President Barack Obama has said "standing up to Russia aggression in Ukraine" will be among topics on the agenda at the G7 Summit.

US President Barack Obama arrives for the G7 summit in Germany. Credit: RTV

He also listed the global economy, the future of the European Union, trade partnerships, combating extremism, and climate change as areas that will also be discussed.

Lederhosen and hats: G7 town prepares for Obama arrival

The Bavarian town where the two-day G7 summit is being held has been preparing for the arrival of US President Barack Obama in a rather traditional manner.

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