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Martial artists empowers fellow Jordanian women

Taekwondo black belt Lina Khalifeh  started teaching self-defence to Jordanian friends in her parents' basement in 2010 after one of them confided that her father and brother hit her -- never expecting it would lead to an invitation to the White House.

Half of U.S. women have 'very unfavorable' view of Trump -poll

NEW YORK - Real estate billionaire Donald Trump's coarse rhetoric has won him some fans, but there's at least one large group in America that is increasingly unimpressed: women.

Obama hosts jazz concert at White House

Singer Aretha Franklin takes the stage as U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a concert at the White House in observance of International Jazz Day. U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a concert at the White House on Friday (April 29) in observance of International Jazz Day.He said he was introduced to jazz by his father, who took him to his first concert in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1971."I didn't realize at the time the impact that it had, but the world that that concert opened up for a 10-year-old boy was spectacular," Obama said. "I was hooked.Among the guest artists to take the stage were Aretha Franklin and Herbie Hancock.
April 30, 2016 | 09:45 am GMT+7

Obama to visit Vietnam next weekend

The U.S president will make the first visit to Vietnam on May 22-25, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. 
May 10, 2016 | 08:28 pm GMT+7

Preview of a White House State Dinner

President Barack Obama is set to toast the five leaders of Nordic nations at a lavish state dinner at the White House on Friday (May 13), an unusual summit aimed in part at sending a message to a nation not on the guest list: Russia.Obama will laud the humanitarian and environmental accomplishments of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, but also wants to talk about how to deal with their increasingly aggressive neighbor Russia ahead of a NATO summit in July.Obama last met Nordic leaders in Stockholm in 2013 on his way to a G20 summit in St. Petersburg after canceling a planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because of tensions over Syria and surveillance issues.Since then, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, prompting Nordic nations to step up their military cooperation and the United States to boost military spending to help NATO do more to try to deter Russia.During a recent visit to Europe, Obama sought to reassure allies about the U.S. commitment to the continent, but pushed nations to increase their defense spending and stay united amid the strain of dealing with an influx of migrants fleeing Middle East conflicts.The leaders will discuss a long-term approach for dealing with refugees, Kupchan said, as well as new contributions to the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. He declined comment on specific commitments from the meeting.Typically, the White House rolls out the red carpet for one leader at a time. Friday will be a bit trickier, juggling five guests of honor and their entourages.The state dinner itself will be in a large tent with a transparent ceiling evoking the northern lights and "shadowy spaces in the arctic night," the White House told reporters.Guests will sit at long, rustic wooden tables bedecked with columns of ice, fiddlehead ferns, and fragrant hand-rolled beeswax
May 13, 2016 | 08:06 am GMT+7

Obama to discuss arms embargo in Vietnam, no decision reached yet

President Barack Obama is still grappling with a historic decision on whether to lift the U.S. arms embargo on Vietnam just days before he travels there, the White House said on Thursday, signaling that human right concerns could be a sticking point.
May 20, 2016 | 08:15 am GMT+7

U.S. Secret Service shoots gun-wielding man near White House

A U.S. Secret Service agent shot a man who brandished a gun near the White House on Friday while President Barack Obama was out golfing, and the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials said.
May 21, 2016 | 06:28 am GMT+7

Secret Service shoots gun-wielding man near White House

A U.S. Secret Service agent shot a man carrying a gun who approached a checkpoint near the White House shortly after 3 p.m. (1900 GMT). The uniformed Secret Service officers had ordered him to stop and drop the weapon, the Secret Service said in a statement.
May 21, 2016 | 09:42 am GMT+7

U.S. states sue White House over transgender bathroom use

Eleven U.S. states sued President Barack Obama's administration Wednesday over federal guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, the latest twist in a bitter legal standoff with the White House.
May 26, 2016 | 09:57 am GMT+7

U.S. offers $30 million to help Vietnam implement TPP

The United States will provide Vietnam $30 million to help it implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the White House said in a statement, without giving any time frame.
May 26, 2016 | 02:17 pm GMT+7

Trump vows to cherish a 'beautiful letter' left by Obama

'It was really very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that.'
January 23, 2017 | 08:15 am GMT+7

China bristles at US pledge in flashpoint waters

'The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,' White House spokeman said referring to the East Sea. 
January 24, 2017 | 06:24 pm GMT+7

Man bearing Vietnamese surname faces 10-year sentence after scaling White House fence

The man, who carried a weapon, told agents he was a friend of President Trump and had an appointment with him.
March 12, 2017 | 02:29 pm GMT+7

Bill Clinton co-writes White House thriller

The intriguing book will contain 'insider details that only a president can know.'
May 09, 2017 | 08:31 am GMT+7

Trump to make room soon for Melania and son at White House

Melania Trump and the boy are reportedly moving to Washington next week to take their place in the White House.
June 11, 2017 | 08:55 am GMT+7
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