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Polluting nations not on board with G-8

Eight of the world's top economies, including the United States, pledged Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions but have failed to win the same agreement from top polluting nations. Published July 9, 2009

G-8 leaders pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The world's top eight economic powers, including the U.S., pledged Wednesday to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but have failed to win the same agreement from the broader group of top polluting nations. Published July 8, 2009

Obama: Putin is 'practical,' not 'soul' mate

Eight years after President George W. Bush peered into Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin's psyche and got "a sense of his soul," his successor on Tuesday took his own look over breakfast and found a "strong," "practical" and unsentimental advocate for his country. Published July 8, 2009

Obama rejects Russians' invite to light up

The hosts had a message for President Obama - we've got 'em, so smoke 'em while you're here. But America's most famous wannabe ex-smoker was having none of it, and instead encouraged Russians to quit for health's sake. Published July 8, 2009

Obama challenges Russia's strong-arm policy

While acknowledging America's own imperfections, President Obama on Tuesday challenged Russia's strong-arm foreign policy and urged his host nation to stop competing and instead join in a "global partnership" of strong nations dedicated to world security. Published July 7, 2009

U.S., Russia agree to reduce nukes

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday signed a framework for reducing nuclear weapons but put off the thornier issue of U.S. missile defense plans, as both leaders said they have re-established a partnership that Mr. Obama said had seen a "sense of drift" recently. Published July 7, 2009

Obama, Medvedev commit to nuclear reduction

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday signed a framework committing to reducing nuclear weapons but put off the thornier issue of U.S. missile defense plans. Published July 6, 2009

Obama, Medvedev: A lot to talk about

Gingerly stepping into Russian politics, President Obama said new charges against two Russian businessmen are "odd," though he hastened to say he supports Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's efforts to boost the rule of law. Published July 6, 2009

A chill in air for Obama in Russia

Despite calling for an end to the Cold War mentality, when President Obama sits down with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday it may seem like the Cold War is still raging. Published July 6, 2009

Challenges abound for Obama abroad

Over the next week, President Obama will be trying to put to bed the Cold War in Russia, rewrite the rules for international finance in Italy and reassure developing countries they retain his attention in Ghana. Published July 5, 2009

Ruling reverses Sotomayor in firefighter case

Casting a wary eye on affirmative action, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters faced unlawful discrimination when their city threw out a promotion test after not enough minorities did well on it. Published June 30, 2009

Obama wants Honduran leader reinstated

President Obama on Monday called the coup that ousted Manuel Zelaya as president of Honduras "not legal" and joined with the voices of leaders across the Americas in demanding that democracy be respected. Published June 30, 2009

High court rules for Conn. white firefighters

In a major reverse-discrimination case, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that white New Haven, Conn., firefighters were discriminated against when the city threw out a promotion test because not enough minorities did well on it. Published June 29, 2009

Obama: Iran dialogue to suffer

President Obama on Friday called the postelection crackdown in Iran "outrageous" and flatly refused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's request for an apology. One leading Iranian cleric, meanwhile, called for protest leaders to be executed. Published June 27, 2009

Obama dismisses Ahmadinejad apology request

President Obama, in response to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's demand he apologize for meddling, said the regime should "think carefully" about obligations to those beaten, shot and killed in the post-election marches. Published June 26, 2009

Obama says climate bill just the beginning

President Obama on Friday said the global warming bill the House is debating today is only a start, not the end of efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions. Published June 26, 2009

Obama pushes immigration bill

President Obama told lawmakers Thursday he wants to sign an immigration bill this year or early next year even though they don't have the votes yet to pass it -- and just in case they fail, the administration is ramping up talk of other actions it's taken to help immigrant rights. Published June 26, 2009

Democrats trade Gore for Obama

With House Democrats rushing to a vote on their global warming bill this week, President Obama ratcheted up the pressure, calling the vote of paramount importance and demanding support from wavering Republicans and Democrats. Published June 25, 2009

Emanuel: Republican votes not needed

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that bipartisanship doesn't mean actually winning Republican votes, it means the president has to try. Published June 25, 2009