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Obama and Clinton lay wreath at JFK memorial

The Obamas and the Clintons honour assassinated US President John F Kennedy Credit: Reuters

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have paid their respects at the grave of former President John F Kennedy to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

They were joined by former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton.

President Obama and former President Clinton escort Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, to the service Credit: Reuters

A wreath was laid at the grave site in Arlington National Cemetery.

Surviving members of the Kennedy family were also present.

Flame burns above grave of John F Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery Credit: Reuters

On Friday the nation will remember the shooting which happened in Dallas in 1963.

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Obama awards Medal of Freedom to Oprah and Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton and chat show host Oprah Winfrey were among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom award today.

President Obama presented the award to 16 prominent Americans during a ceremony at the White House.

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to entertainer Oprah Winfrey. Credit: Reuters

The award, regarded as the nation's highest civilian decoration, was established by John F Kennedy less than a year before his death.

Obama said the ceremony was one his favourite events of the year, and claimed this year's ceremony was "just a little more special" as it is 50 years since President Kennedy created the award.

Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Credit: Reuters

President Obama will be joined by Bill and Hilary Clinton at a ceremony at Kennedy's grave site later on tonight as the nation prepares to honour the President's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Hillary Clinton honoured for diplomacy by Duke of York

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been presented with this year's Chatham House Prize in recognition of her contribution to international diplomacy.

The central London institute also commended Mrs Clinton for her work towards gender equality and opportunities for women and girls.

Hillary Clinton received the crystal award and a scroll signed by The Queen from Prince Andrew. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The annual prize is awarded at Banqueting House in Whitehall to the statesperson deemed to have made the greatest contribution to improving international relations in the previous year.

Earlier husband Bill Clinton tweeted a photo of the power couple enjoying a "beautiful morning walk" in Hyde Park. Credit: Twitter/@billclinton

U2's Bono impersonates Bill Clinton

U2 singer Bono has been showing off his best American drawl as he impersonated for Bill Clinton.

As he waited for the former US president on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Bono began a striking impersonation of Mr Clinton.

To the obvious delight of the audience the U2 frontman described how Clinton "thought he was one his roadies" the first time they met before listing their humanitarian achievements.

When Mr Clinton did arrive the Irish singer leapt back in to his own seat as the former president said he "must be really easy to make fun of."

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Bill Clinton 'envious' of George Bush Snr's socks

Former US President Bill Clinton has tweeted this photo of himself with his predecessor George Bush Snr.

The pair have lunch together every year in the state of Maine, where Mr Bush owns a large estate on the coast.

Former US President Bill Clinton (L) with his predecessor George Bush Snr Credit: Twitter/@billclinton

Mr Clinton drew attention to his host's "western cactus" themed socks, of which he said he was "envious".

George Bush's 'western cactus' socks Credit: Twitter/@billclinton

Bill Clinton 'covers' Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines

Former US President Bill Clinton may be better known for playing the saxophone than his singing, but thanks to YouTube user baracksdubs that could be a thing of the past.

Thanks to some clever editing, Clinton has taken on one of the sounds of the summer, Robin Thicke's controversial hit Blurred Lines.

It is not the first time baracksdubs has got creative with a President and a chart topper - previous clips include Barack Obama singing Daft Punk's Get Lucky, LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It and Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me Maybe.

Oprah to receive America's highest civilian honour

President Barack Obama is to bestow America's highest civilian honour on Oprah Winfrey and former president Bill Clinton.

The pair will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House later this year.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Credit: Reuters

The medal is presented to individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours."

Ms Winfrey and Mr Clinton will join 14 other recipients, including activist Gloria Steinem and former senator Richard Lugar. Also being honoured is Ben Bradlee, the editor who oversaw Washington Post coverage of Watergate.

Former senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space, will receive the medals posthumously.

President John F Kennedy created the medal of freedom in an executive order signed 50 years ago. The White House says more than 500 people have been presented with the honour to date.

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