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Obama's overseas tour

Obama embraced pragmatism as well as leaders on his trip

At one point in President Obama's overseas charm offensive, one world leader confided that he'd never felt able to personally "connect" with the previous American president. Full story

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Obama's surprise visit to Iraq

Amidst a sandstorm, Obama will award Medal of Valor to ten soldiers, as well as meet with Gen. Odierno.

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Obama embraced pragmatism and leaders on his trip

2009-04-09 09:28:45 GMT SINA.com He talked dinosaurs with the British prime minister's sons and bonded with the young Russian president over their shared coming of age in the post-Cold War years. He elicited an embrace from the physically standoffish leader of Turkey.

Obama pays surprise visit to Iraq

2009-04-08 04:31:39 GMT Xinhua English BAGHDAD, April 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama paid a four-hour surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday, during which he told the U.S. troops to make sure Iraq is stable before their withdrawal and said the Iraqis need to take responsibility for their own country.

Obama in Baghdad, tells troops Iraq must take over

2009-04-07 23:59:28 GMT SINA.com BAGHDAD – Flying unannounced into a still-dangerous war zone, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops and Iraqi officials alike Tuesday it is time to phase out America's combat role in a conflict he opposed as a candidate and has vowed to end as commander in chief.

Obama calls on int'l community to prevent future atrocities like Rwanda genocide

2009-04-07 21:11:14 GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, April 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on the international community to deepen commitment to prevent the atrocities such as 1994 genocide in Rwanda from happening again.

Obama tenders olive-branch to Muslim world

2009-04-07 17:22:00 GMT Xinhua English ANKARA, April 7 (Xinhua) -- When Barack Obama spoke loud "the United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam," the new U.S. president was impressing the audience not only in the Turkish parliament, but perhaps the whole Islamic world with his reaching-out Muslim diplomacy by a striking pledge.

Obama tells U.S. troops to be critical in next period of mission in Iraq

2009-04-07 17:20:41 GMT Xinhua English BAGHDAD, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday told his troops in Iraq to be critical in next 18-month period of their mission in the war-torn country.

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Cairo praises Obama's speech in Turkey as "first and significant"step

2009-04-07 15:51:41 GMT Xinhua English CAIRO, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama's speech in Turkey on Islam is the "first and significant" step for mitigating the tensions between the United States and the Muslim world.

Most Americans give high marks for Obama's foreign trip

2009-04-07 03:50:40 GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Apr. 6 (Xinhua) -- A majority of Americans gave U.S. President Barack Obama high marks for his diplomatic skills during his first important overseas trip, according to a new CNN survey released here Monday.

Netanyahu: Israel esteems Obama's commitment to peace process

2009-04-06 15:20:50 GMT Xinhua English JERUSALEM, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Israel appreciates U.S. President Obama's commitment to Israel's security and to the pursuit of peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Bureau said in a statement on Monday.

Tehran says Obama's comments on Iran contrary to slogan of "change"

2009-04-06 09:50:07 GMT Xinhua English TEHRAN, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said on Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama's recent comments on Iran are contrary to the slogan of "change."

Turkey ready for Obama's historic visit

2009-04-05 13:02:17 GMT Xinhua English by Xinhua writers Lin Liping, Zheng Jinfa

Turkey to deploy 8,800 security personnel for Obama's visit in Istanbul

2009-04-04 22:06:14 GMT Xinhua English ANKARA, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said on Saturday that a total of 8,800 security personnel would work during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the largest Turkish city of Istanbul, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

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Obama makes surprise visit to Iraq

2009-04-08 07:23:29 GMT SINA.com Amidst a sandstorm, Obama will award Medal of Valor to ten soldiers, as well as meet with Gen. Odierno.

Obama assassination plot thwarted in Turkey

2009-04-07 08:02:21 GMT SINA.com Security forces in Turkey reportedly foiled an assassination attempt against President Obama.

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Obama's Iraq plan has broad domestic support: survey

2009-04-07 20:44:10 GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, April 7 (Xinhua) -- As U.S. President Barack Obama paid an unannounced visit to Iraq, a new poll released on Tuesday shows his Iraq plan has broad support at home.

Feature: Security tightened as Obama visits Prague

2009-04-04 22:09:45 GMT Xinhua English PRAGUE, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of policemen were deployed around Prague and roads were sealed off as the Czech capital was on unprecedented security alert for the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday.

TIME: Barack Obama's new world order

2009-04-04 12:06:02 GMT SINA.com The United States is still the same country it was a year ago, give or take about 6 million jobs. But its international branding campaign, as led by the new President, Barack Obama, is so different that the rest of the world might be forgiven if it has to do a double take.

U.S. spokesman: Obama's visit to Turkey aims at underscoring its significance

2009-04-03 16:26:00 GMT Xinhua English ANKARA, April 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday that President Barack Obama's visit to Turkey aimed at highlighting Ankara's significance, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.