The president said it was "an incredible burden" for the TV star to have risked her career when she came out as gay in 1997.Read the full story ›
A young boy's letter to President Barack Obama, offering a place in his family home to a Syrian refugee, was read out at the United Nations.Read the full story ›
President Obama has said "many" wealthy nations are not doing enough to help refugees.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly for the last time, he said: "We should all understand that ultimately our world would be more secure if we are prepared to help those in need and the nations who are carrying the largest burden with respect to accommodating these refugees.
"There are a lot of nations right now that are doing the right thing. But many nations, particularly those blessed with wealth and the benefits of geography that can do more to offer a hand, even if they also insist that refugees who come to our countries have to do more to adapt to the customs and conventions of the communities that are now providing them a home."
President Obama has hailed the progress the United Nations has made over the last eight years, as he spoke at the General Assembly in New York for the last time.
He said the UN had "returned the global economy to growth" from the "depths of the greatest financial crisis of our time".
The UN's assistance has helped people "feed themselves", he said, and "power communities across Africa" while promoting "models of development rather than dependence."
The outgoing US President also hailed the UN's work in making international institutions such as the world bank and International Monetary Fund "more representative", while "establishing a framework to protect our planet from the ravages of climate change".
Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of his visit to Laos on Thursday, Obama said he didn't take the comment personally.Read the full story ›
President Obama cancelled what would have been his first meeting with the Philippine president after Rodrigo Duterte made a 'vulgar' insult.Read the full story ›
Donald Trump has suggested that US presidential rival Hillary Clinton should be recognised as the founder of so-called Islamic State.Read the full story ›
President Obama told a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper, that the force needs respect, and not scorn.
The President, in Texas with his predecessor George W Bush, praised the police's bravery, saying the "overwhelming majority" do their jobs "fairly and professionally".
But he admitted that people across the country were struggling with the recent shootings and that racism was an enduring problem in America.
Our Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:
President Obama is "deeply disturbed" by recent reports of police shootings, his spokesman has said.
Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were both shot and killed in the US by police this week.
Hillary Clinton also responded saying it was "yet another tragedy of a life cut down too soon".
President Obama has endorsed Hillary Clinton when they made their first joint appearance of the 2016 presidential campaign.Read the full story ›