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Biden joins selfie craze with photo of him and Obama

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: Instagram/Joe Biden.

Joe Biden has joined in with the selfie craze with none other than Barack Obama.

The US Vice President posted the photograph - taken in the back of the presidential limousine- on Instagram with the message: "Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram, Thanks for following and stay tuned. VP."

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Joe Biden to travel to Kiev as crisis in Ukraine escalates

US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Kiev in a show of support for Ukraine's new government, the White House announced.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Credit: Reuters

Pro-Russian gunmen took control of a city in eastern Ukraine today as Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it called an "act of aggression by Russia", pushing the conflict between the neighbours into a dangerous new phase.

Mr Biden will travel to Ukraine on April 22 to meet with government officials and civil society groups ahead of the Ukrainian presidential election in May.

Ukraine: Armed men seize police buildings in east

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Biden speaks to Ukraine president about clashes

US Vice President Joe Biden has spoken to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich today by phone, the White House announced.

The scene tonight at Kiev's central Independence Square, where protesters have gathered.
The scene tonight at Kiev's central Independence Square, where protesters have gathered. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

This is the latest in a series of calls between the two men since clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police erupted in the capital Kiev.

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Blair and Biden pay tribute to Sharon at memorial

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US vice president Joe Biden have paid homage to Ariel Sharon at his state funeral service in Jerusalem.

Family members walk behind the flag-draped coffin of Ariel Sharon during a memorial ceremony at the Knesset, Israel's parliament. Credit: Reuters
US vice president Joe Biden speaks in front of the coffin of Ariel Sharon during the memorial service. Credit: Reuters
Israeli army officers salute the coffin of Ariel Sharon. Credit: Reuters

Watch: Blair's tribute to 'giant of this land' Ariel Sharon

Biden: 'No doubt' Syrian regime used chemical weapons

US Vice President Joe Biden said there was "no doubt" the Syrian government was responsible for a suspected chemical weapons attack and that it must be held accountable for the "heinous" action.

Mr Biden said in a speech, "There is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime."

UN chemical weapons experts visit a hospital in Damascus yesterday after the suspected attack.
UN chemical weapons experts visit a hospital in Damascus yesterday after the suspected attack. Credit: REUTERS/Abo Alnour Alhaji

"Those who use chemical weapons against defenceless men, women and children should and must be held accountable," he added.

The White House said earlier that President Barack Obama had not yet decided how the US would respond to the attack, which occurred in a suburb of Damascus.

Read: Syria 'not about regime change'

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Being Biden: Podcast to reveal real Vice-President

US Vice-President Joe Biden has launched his new podcast, "Being Biden," to offer an insight into his life as America's number two.

Biden is expected to share his views in his usual candid way. According to the White House, in each instalment he will also tell the story behind a particular photo.

Vice President Joe Biden serves rolls
What the story behind this picture? Joe Biden reveals all in his podcast Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

US Vice President Joe Biden visits Downing Street

US Vice President Joe Biden has been visiting Downing Street to hold bilateral talks with David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

Vice President Joe Biden with British Prime Minister David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Earlier he said America's relations with the UK were "the most open" it enjoyed with any nation as he chatted with the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Vice President's visit will include taking part in a National Security Council meeting Credit: Kerim Okten/PA Wire

In a pre-visit interview with The Times (£), Mr Biden said the White House view was that the UK was "stronger as a result of its membership" of the European Union.

Vice President Joe Biden chats to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: Kerim Okten/PA Wire

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Vice President at Downing Street amid EU concerns

David Cameron will meet US Vice President Joe Biden later today amid warnings from the Obama administration that it does not want Britain to leave the European Union.

Deputy Prime Minister welcomes US Vice President Joe Biden to Downing Street
Deputy Prime Minister welcomes US Vice President Joe Biden to Downing Street

Ahead of his meetings with the Prime Minister and, separately, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mr Biden reiterated US has concerns about the prospect of Britain withdrawing from the EU.

US Vice-President Joe Biden to meet David Cameron

David Cameron will meet US vice president Joe Biden today amid warnings from the Obama administration that it does not want Britain to leave the European Union.

Mr Biden and his wife Jill arrived in the UK on Monday at the end of a short tour of Europe that also took in Berlin and Paris.

Prime Minister David Cameron greets US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington in 2010
David Cameron with US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington in 2010 Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ahead of his meetings with the Prime Minister and, separately, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mr Biden reiterated US concerns about the prospect of Britain withdrawing from the EU.

He told The Times: "We value our essential relationship with the UK, as well as our relationship with the EU, which makes critical contributions to peace, prosperity, and security in Europe and around the world.

"We believe the United Kingdom is stronger as a result of its membership. And we believe the EU is stronger with the UK's involvement. That's our view."

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