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US defence budget cut after decade of growth

US President Barack Obama has cut the defence budget for 2013, which includes funding for a shift in strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific.

White House rejects claim about Bin Laden raid film

Filmmakers producing a film about the US special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are getting help from the Pentagon.

Bin Laden: The micromanager

The compound in Pakistan where US forces killed Osama bin Laden was an active command centre from which he directed al-Qaeda.

Obama warns of US government shutdown

President Barack Obama said on Friday he believed US lawmakers are close to a budget deal but warned an impasse could lead to a government shutdown.

Obama pressured to speak out on China human rights

US President Barack Obama came under increasing pressure on Tuesday to publicly speak out against Beijing's harsh treatment of dissidents.

Petraeus urges better use of Afghanistan contracting

The head of Nato forces in Afghanistan urged commanders on Monday to hire more Afghans and steer contracts to local businesses.

WikiLeaks ‘has blood on its hands’ over war logs

US officials are worried about what other secret US documents the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks may possess and had tried to contact the group.

Petraeus calls gunscope inscriptions ‘disturbing’

US General David Petraeus said on Thursday it was "disturbing" that a manufacturer had embossed biblical citations on rifle scopes sent to Iraq.

Obama more bartender than mediator at beer summit

US President Barack Obama played bartender-in-chief on Thursday at a ''beer summit'' of the main players in a racially charged case.

Obama hopeful of Middle East peace progress this year

President Barack Obama expressed hope on Friday of making serious progress this year in Middle East peacemaking.

Obama calls for new beginning between US, Muslims

President Barack Obama sought a ''new beginning'' between the United States and the Muslim world on Thursday.

Obama Cairo speech aims to mend rift with Muslims

US President Barack Obama was in Egypt on Thursday to deliver an address that will be crucial to his efforts to repair US ties with the Muslim world.

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