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Obama Offers Tunisia Closer Security Ties in Talks with Essebsi

U.S. President Barack Obama offered Tunisia closer security ties Thursday, in a bid to ensure jihadists do not extinguish the brightest democratic light to emerge from the Arab Spring.

Hosting President Beji Caid Essebsi at the White House, Obama declared Tunisia a "non-NATO ally," which would allow for enhanced military cooperation and the transfer of advanced weapons. 

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Tweeter-in-Chief Obama Gets Own Account

"Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account."

With that inaugural Tweet sent from a smartphone in the Oval Office before jumping on Marine One Monday, the President of the United States Barack Obama -- or @POTUS -- cast off security and bureaucratic chains in place since he was elected.

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White House: U.S. Special Forces Kill Senior IS Leader in Syria

U.S. special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader and captured his wife in a daring raid in eastern Syria, the White House announced on Saturday. 

The raid was carried out at the direction of U.S. President Barack Obama, his spokeswoman on national security matters, Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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U.S. House Passes Bill for Congress to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

The U.S. Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.

The House overwhelmingly passed the measure, 400-25, a reflection of lawmakers' insistence on having a say in what could be a significant international accord to get Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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Small Drone Puts White House on Lockdown

The White House was briefly put on lockdown Thursday as the Secret Service detained an individual for flying a small drone in an adjacent park.

In a statement, the Secret Service said the individual was seen flying the Parrot Bebop device in Lafayette Park at an altitude of about 100 feet (35 meters).

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White House Hopeful Rubio to Unveil Foreign Policy 'Doctrine'

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will set out an uncompromising doctrine for wielding American power Wednesday, in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.

According to remarks obtained by AFP, Rubio will vow more "clarity and consistency" in the pursuit of U.S. interests, firing barbs at Russia, China and Iran, while setting himself against years of alleged vacillation by President Barack Obama.

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White House Marks 1,000 Days since Reporter Abduction in Syria

The White House renewed an appeal on Tuesday for information on the location of a U.S. journalist abducted in Syria 1,001 days ago.

"This week, it is with a heavy heart that we mark American journalist Austin Tice's 1,000th day in captivity," said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan.

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In Cuba, France's Hollande Urges U.S. to End Embargo

French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, during the first visit by a Western leader to the island since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

Addressing the half-century-old trade embargo ahead of meetings with Fidel and Raul Castro, the brothers who have ruled Cuba since its 1959 revolution, Hollande said France will do whatever possible to see that "the measures that have so badly harmed Cuba's development can finally be lifted, repealed."

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White House Says Obama Visit to Cuba 'Not Ruled Out'

U.S. President Barack Obama has no immediate plans to visit Cuba but has not ruled out making such a trip "in the year to come," the White House said Monday.

As France's President Francois Hollande touched down in Havana, Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters who asked if the U.S. leader would follow suit: "I would not rule it out."

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White House Rebuts Claim Pakistan Had Role in Bin Laden Raid

The White House on Monday flatly rejected claims that Pakistan was told in advance about a 2011 special operations raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. 

Veteran U.S. journalist Seymour Hersh claimed in a British publication that Pakistan's security services not only knew about the raid, but had been holding bin Laden prisoner since 2006.

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