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Obama rules out sending US troops back to Iraq

President Barack Obama has said he needs several days to determine how America will help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, but he ruled out sending US troops back into combat.

Obama told a news conference he will explore "a range of other options" after key Iraqi towns and cities were seized by the Islamist militant group ISIS.

His cautious response today has prompted criticism and accusations that the US risks losing credibility.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

President Obama: US looking at 'all options' on Iraq

President Obama has said his team is "looking at all options" to tackle the insurgency in Iraq.

Addressing reporters in the White House, the US President added that there would be "short term, immediate things that need to be done militarily" to combat Islamist group ISIS.

Read: Iraq air force strikes insurgent positions around Mosul

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Obama: Putin must recognise new Ukraine President

Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he must recognise the new Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko in order to help de-escalate the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin in front of Barack Obama before a 'family photo' of leaders at the D-Day commemoration. Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

According to a White House official, the US President also told Mr Putin that if Russia works with the new Ukrainian authorities there could be "openings" to reduce tensions in the region.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes added that Mr Obama had demanded "ceasing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and stopping the provision of arms and material across the border".

Read: Cameron tells Putin: Ukraine situation 'not acceptable'

US commitment to liberty 'written in blood' on beaches

US President Barack Obama said the American commitment to liberty which is "written in blood" on the beaches of Normandy endures with a new generation.

Speaking at a D-Day memorial event in Colleville-sur-Mer, Obama said: "I am honoured to return here today to pay tribute to the men and women of a generation who defied every danger.

"Among them are veterans of D-Day, and gentlemen we are truly humbled by your presence here today."

WWII veterans and world leaders mark D-Day's 70th anniversary: Latest updates

Salmond: Scotland could be extra ally for Obama

Responding to Barack Obama's intervention on the referendum, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond borrowed Mr Obama's most famous election slogan to declare "Yes we can" have independence.

Mr Salmond said:

As President Obama rightly observes, the decision on Scotland's future is up to the people of Scotland.

We are deeply fortunate as a nation that we have the opportunity to gain our nation's independence in such a profoundly democratic way, as Mr Obama himself previously acknowledged - and not through conflict as has been the case with so many nations, including the United States itself.

An independent Scotland will mean that America has two great friends and allies here rather than one.

We are focused on securing a vote for independence this September and making Scotland a land of opportunity - and our message to the people of Scotland in the campaign in the months ahead is 'Yes we can'.

Obama voices support for Scotland staying in UK

Barack Obama has voiced his support for Scotland staying in the union, saying it is the interests of the US that the UK remains a "strong, robust and united partner".

Although he said it was "up to the people of Scotland" to decide their own future, it seemed the union had "worked pretty well" so far.

Labour minister Douglas Alexander, speaking on behalf of the Better Together campaign, strongly welcomed Mr Obama's words, saying: "His clear statement of support for the UK staying together will resonate with many of us here in Scotland."

“As a global statesman President Obama understands that interdependence is a defining feature of our modern world, and that building bridges, not putting up new barriers, is the challenge of our generation,” he added.

Read: Scottish Tories set out merits of a 'no' vote

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World leaders pose for 'family photo' at G7 summit

World leaders attending the G7 summit in Brussels have posed for what is known as the "family photograph".

The G7 leaders prepare for the Brussels summit's 'family photograph'.
The G7 leaders prepare for the Brussels summit's 'family photograph'. Credit: RTV
US President Barack Obama and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy waves to the cameras.
US President Barack Obama and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy waves to the cameras. Credit: RTV
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister David Cameron.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister David Cameron put reported differences aside for the photo. Credit: RTV

Obama calls for '$1bn dollars to support Nato allies'

President Barack Obama has called on Congress to approve up to 1 billion dollars to support eastern European countries, which he says "will be a powerful demonstration of America's unshakable commitment to our NATO allies".

On the first of a four-day European trip, Obama promised support in the face of Russia's actions in Ukraine, which includes "rotating additional ground troops and F-16 aircraft into Poland".

Obama has promised to give continued support in the regions around Ukraine to help allies. Credit: AP

Poland and some of its NATO neighbours have been asking for extra troops for months. However, a big increase in US forces could prompt Moscow to take similar actions.

Speaking in a news conference in Warsaw he said that while maintaining sanctions against Russia, the US still wants good relations with the Kremlin.

More: Nato to discuss 'reinforcing forces in Poland'

Obama fights critics by saying the 'world is changing'

President Barack Obama fought back against critics of his foreign policy on Wednesday, by insisting a US reliance on diplomacy over military intervention was working, pledging to ramp up support for Syria's opposition.

Obama was speaking to cadets at West Point Military Academy and used the platform to state that his "bottom line" was that "America must always lead on the world stage."

ITV News' Washington correspondent Robert Moore reports:

Read more: Barack Obama sets out US foreign policy

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