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BBC upholds Obama complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint over an online article which reported American President Obama’s position on the Middle East process.

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Obama criticised for Poland concentration camp mistake

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2012

President Obama has found himself embroiled in a diplomatic spat after he referred to Treblinka as a "Polish death camp" rather than noting that it was located on Nazi-occupied land.

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BBC challenged on Obama Israel speech report

By Simon Rocker, May 29, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint against the corporation over an online article which reported American President Obama's position on the Middle East process.

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Jewish groups respond to Obama backing gay marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

American Jewish groups have expressed support for President Barack Obama’s declaration in support of gay marriage.

In a landmark statement on Wednesday the president said: “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

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Jewish voters still not convinced by Mitt Romney

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

Jewish voters are more likely to back President Obama than Mitt Romney at the general election in November.

A new survey commissioned for the American Jewish Committee has revealed that while the Democratic politician is less popular among respondents than he was in 2008, he would still be backed by nearly two - thirds.

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Biden: Obama best for Israel since Truman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2012

Barack Obama has been praised for doing more for Israel's security than any other president since the Jewish state was established.

His vice-president, Joe Biden, said the president's record was equalled only by Harry Truman, who was in office in 1948 when the US offered the fledgling state recognition.

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Dylan, Peres awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2012

Legendary musician Bob Dylan and Israeli president Shimon Peres have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The singer, who turns 71 next month, was named as one of 13 individuals to be given the highest honour open to American civilians.

Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, has enjoyed a career spanning five decades and won five Grammy awards.

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White House: time running out for Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

A White House official has warned that time is running out for Iran to work with the international community.

Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration, said that “the window was closing” for the Ahmadinejad regime to cooperate over its nuclear ambitions.

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Can Iranians compromise in Istanbul?

April 11, 2012

Until last week, it was not even clear where talks would happen.

On Friday, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) will meet their Iranian counterparts in Istanbul, for a new round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme. There is no reason to be optimistic about the talks, despite the initial mood expressed by Brussels and Washington.

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Obama: no plans to release Jonathan Pollard

By Jennifer Lipman, April 10, 2012

A plea for clemency for the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been rejected by the Obama administration.

On Monday Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the White House to free the former

US Navy intelligence analyst, who was given a life sentence 15 years ago.

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