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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. 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".


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

Miliband and Obama hold 'warm and friendly' talks

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.

Obama: 'Russia has failed' in halting weapons flow

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


Obama: Israel and Palestine 'don't want to live like this'

US President Barack Obama has encourage a diplomatic outcome in the region. Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

US President Barack Obama has reiterated his support for Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, to stop more deadly clashes.

"The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said.

He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.

More: Israeli military agrees to temporary halt to Gaza attacks

Barack Obama shakes hands with a man in a horse mask

U.S. President Barack Obama greets a man wearing a horse mask during a walkabout in Denver. Credit: Reuters

A walkabout in Denver took a turn for the surreal when the President of the United States shook hands with a man in a horse's head mask.

Barack Obama was caught by photographers smiling and shaking hands with the joker on the unscheduled meet-and-greet around the American city yesterday.

'You'll have to excuse me, Mr President, I'm a little horse today' Credit: Reuters

Mr Obama - and his Secret Service bodyguards - seemed unphased by the encounter and he continued on his route.

The reason as to why an apparent grown man decided to meet the President in a horse's head mask remain unclear.

Obama: Independent Palestinian state vital for peace

President Barack Obama has urged Israel and Palestinians to seek a peaceful, two-state solution, calling for a "viable, independent Palestinian state".

Writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Obama states: "Just as the Israeli people have the right to live in the historic homeland of the Jewish people, the Palestinian people deserve the right to self-determination".

President Barack Obama pictured at the White House earlier this week. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

"At the end of the day, we know where negotiations must lead - two states for two peoples

"The only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state."

His article follows growing tension in the region after the murder of a Palestinian teenager.

Obama calls to thank US football team

President Obama made a phone call to US football captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard following their elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.

A read-out of the conversation said the President had commended the players not just for their performances but for "carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud".

Barack Obama thanked the US team for their efforts in Brazil. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The statement also said the President had remarked how "captivating" the team's displays in Brazil had been.

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