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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:

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Obama lays plans for £3 billion counter terrorism fund

President Obama has said he will ask Congress for a new $5 billion (£3 billion) counter terrorism fund, that will aim to train and give the US flexibility to fulfill different missions.

Speaking at West Point Military Academy, Obama hopes that some of the fund will go towards training security forces in Yemen and to facilitate French security forces in Mali.

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Syrian Opposition group welcomes increased US support

The Syrian Opposition Coalition has welcomed President Obama’s announcement that he will increase support for groups opposed to the Assad regime, saying the extra support "highlights the partnership between the US and the Syrian people" in ending the current crisis.

Rebel fighters run past damaged buildings to avoid snipers in Damascus. Credit: REUTERS/Badra Mamet

The Syrian people and the opposition forces also said they stand committed to work with their friends and to expand strategic cooperation in countering the terrorism enabled by the Assad regime in Syria.

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US to 'step up' efforts to support Syrian neighbours

President Obama has outlined that he will work with Congress to ramp up US support for Syrian opposition groups, which he says is the best alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

Obama has said that America will step up its support for countries around Syria. Credit: West Point

Speaking to the US Military Academy at West Point, Obama told the crowd how the United States will confront terrorism in Middle Eastern regions.

He said: "We will step up our efforts to support Syria's neighbours - Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq - as they host refugees, and confront terrorists working across Syrian borders."

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Obama: 'America is where the world looks to for help'

In a major foreign policy address, President Barack Obama has said that the United States is "unrivalled in history":

ITV News' Washington correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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Obama: US is the hub of alliances unrivalled in history...America is where the world looks to for help. We are the one indispensable nation.

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Obama: Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.

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