Photo credit: Getty images U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met at the 70th United Nations General Assembly and had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the improvement on bilateral relations. The Cold War foes have eased the animosity in the previous months with restoring diplomatic relations on the 20th of July with the mediation by Pope Francis that helped the two countries achieve détente last year and reopen embassies in Havana and Washington. The announcement took everyone by surprise, and conservative Republicans in particular were very opposed to the decision. It was expected since Obama first shook hands with Castro in December of 2013 at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Ever since his first term in office Obama has been pushing for closing the Guantanamo detention facility located on Cuban territory. However, the trade embargo imposed on Cuba has not yet been lifted and is under opposition in the Republican led Congress. According to Reuters, Castro in his speech ...

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin traded contrasting beliefs over Syrian civil war at the United Nations, as they urged for international cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization and its militant groups in Syria. The 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York was marked by the dispute over the four year old civil war in Syria and the refugee crisis that has overtaken the European continent. World leaders disagreed on the approach of fighting terrorism in the regions with Obama proposing a diplomatic resolution of the war and a “managed transition” of the Syrian government. According to Reuters, Barack Obama said that the United States are willing to cooperate with Russia and Iran in order to end the civil war in Syria, but reiterated that Bashar al-Assad must not remain in the government power. He stated “The United States is prepared to work with ...

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House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that Congress will avoid a government shutdown by the end of September and that he will push for more legislation before he leaves Congress at the end of October. Republican Representative Boehner of Ohio and current House Speaker has announced his resignation the previous week due to pressure from conservative groups on federal budget and spending caps and the funding of the controversial health organization Planned Parenthood. According to Reuters, while speaking to CBS’ Face the Nation he said that the House would pass a funding bill written by the Senate that goes against conservative agenda, but noted that the bill would need a Democratic vote as well. He stated “I suspect mu Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do.” He also added that he would establish a special committee for the investigation of Planned Parenthood and its ...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the United States on Friday and met with President Barack Obama to discuss economic cyber espionage, climate change and the South China Sea dispute. Xi’s first U.S. state visit was hosted by Obama where they talked about the differences between the two countries and agreed on several topics. The White House held a press conference at the Rose Garden where it was announced that the leaders made a deal for China to curb its greenhouse gas emissions. China, as the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world has agreed to put a national carbon cap-and-trade system in 2017. They also addressed the controversy of cyber espionage of Chinese hackers on American corporation, as well as government agencies. Obama reiterated that there will be sanctions put on Chinese cyber criminals. According to Reuters, he said “It has to stop. The question now is, are word followed by actions?” ...

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House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to resign speakership position after conservatives rebelled against his leadership. Republican John Boehner announced his resignation to the top House position on Friday at a Republican House meeting. He is expected to leave Congress on the 30th of October and it is predicted that he will be replaced by the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy. Speaker Boehner has been under attack of conservative groups in the GOP for his compromises with the Obama administration and his constant reliance on Democrat votes to pass important legislation. According to Reuters, Boehner said that he is not sorry for leaving the position and that the thinks it is the best decision to make in time of House turmoil about a possible government shutdown because of disagreement on spending budget and Planned Parenthood federal funding. He stated “It’s become clear to me this prolonged leadership turmoil ...

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President Barack Obama is to meet with the Russia President Vladimir Putin in New York next week to discuss the crisis in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. There is a disagreement on the topics that would get priority in the discussion with the White House wanting to focus on the tension in eastern Ukraine where Russia has stationed forces to defy the government in Kiev, while Kremlin insists to talk about the civil war in Syria where Putin has stationed combat aircrafts and tanks to support Syrian President Bashar al-Asad. According to Reuters, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman stated that “Of course, the primary topic will be Syria,” and added that they would discuss Ukraine “If time allows.” On the other hand, White House spokesman Josh Earnest during a briefing in Washington stated “There will be time” and added that there is a possibility of a “major announcement” after the meeting. The U.S. ...

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Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States on Tuesday after visiting Cuba and met with President Barack Obama. He spoke about immigration, relations between Cuba and the United States, as well as climate change and capitalism. The Pontiff arrived at the Joint Base Andrews outside Washington aboard an Alitalia airliner where he was greeted by President Obama, his family and Vice President Joe Biden. He was also cheered by many Americans who chanted “We love Francis, yes we do. We love Francis, how about you?” He continued his way in Washington where he had a meeting with the U.S. President on Wednesday at the White House and discussed immigration and how the Church sees the foreigners who want to make America their home. According to Reuters, Francis told Obama “As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built ...

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Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday proposed a plan to regulate prescription drug costs by making pharmaceutical companies invest their profits in research and more imported generic drugs. The frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination outlined a proposal while at a campaign stop at the Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa, with which a cap would be put for prescription drugs for people with chronic health problems. She proposes a $250 monthly cap on the out-of-pocket prescription drug costs, as well as other measures to end “price gouging” as she puts it. The monthly cap would limit the insurance companies asking individuals with chronic health problems for high prices on prescription drugs. According to Reuters, Clinton made her comments after Turing Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company that announced a new price on the Daraprim treatment for parasitic infections, making it $750 a tablet, with the previous price being $13.50 per tablet. She stated ...

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Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Republican Presidential candidate dropped out of the 2016 Elections race on Monday due to funding problems and low poll ratings. Once in the top three candidates for the Republican nomination for the November elections, Walker has fallen down in the polls because of his poor campaign run and a bad performance at the two Republican debates. Hi disagreement with his staff on how to make a comeback at the national polls and the donors pulling out of his campaign was the crucial point of him making the decision to drop out of the nomination race. According to Reuters, Walker announced he is dropping out of the White House race much to the surprise of voters. He stated “Today, I believe I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With that in mind, I will suspend my campaign ...

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Photo Credit: REUTERS  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Sunday that the United States will be accepting more refugees in the next two years making it to 100,000 by 2017. As many refugees have been migrating from Syria and the Middle East throughout this year to European countries, State Secretary Kerry and the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed that the United States will accept 100,000 refugees over the course of two years, taking by 15,000 at a time. According to Reuters, at a press conference after his meeting with his German counterpart, John Kerry stated that the United States is ready to help the refugees and said “In consultation with Congress, we will continue to explore ways to increase those figures while maintaining robust security. The need is enormous, but we are determined to answer the call.” Nearly half of the Syrian population has fled the country because of the four year civil war and U.S. President Barack ...

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