Stephen Collinson

  • Their nations are estranged by decades of distrust - but Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani share a common political problem. Hawks and hardliners in Washington and Tehran are putting the squeeze on the US and Iranian presidents as they grasp for a landmark nuclear deal.As new international talks on ...

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  • US presidents are used to deference and barking orders — not wiping egg from their faces.So it was unpalatable for Barack Obama to go on television Monday and admit glaring failures in the rollout of the health care law that bears his name.Website snafus that have slowed sign ups to Obamacare ...

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  • Explosive revelations about US phone and Internet surveillance programmes will challenge President Barack Obama's popularity and moral authority when he lands in Europe on Monday.Because he was not George W Bush, who was reviled in much of Europe, and thanks to a magnetic personal story and rise to ...

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  • SONPresident Barack Obama conjured images of Zionist delight and Palestinian despair on a tour which revived his engagement in the Middle East but came up against stubborn obstacles to progress.Tweaking emotions of Israelis, Obama sketched a searing picture of “a Palestinian child (who) ...

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  • President Obamas order of a risky covert operation to kill Osama bin Laden delivered a huge political payoff as he sets his sights on a second term as Americas commander-in-chief. The elimination of the Al-Qaeda mastermind, which eluded his predecessor George W. Bush, may also offer Obama a deep ...

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