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2008-07-25 06:00:02

By Kathy Kiely BERLIN -- Barack Obama is betting he can win votes at home by proving he can win hearts abroad. The Democratic presidential candidate, as he neared the end of his seven-country foreign trip, staged an unusual public rally here Thursday that drew more than 200,000 people to a historic park that is Berlin's equivalent of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was the emotional high point of a trip that demonstrated that Obama has the staying power for the rigors of a...

2008-07-25 00:00:20

BERLIN _ Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a call Thursday to strengthen international alliances for a new era of global challenges before an enormous, receptive audience gathered in a city once divided by the Cold War and sustained in crisis by the Atlantic Alliance. In a setting that evoked historic addresses by Presidents John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Obama drew a crowd that stretched much of the way down a nearly mile-long mall in front of the site of the...

2008-07-24 06:00:13

By Kathy Kiely SDEROT, Israel -- It's a sign of how closely Israel's fate is intertwined with American politics that one family in this small southern border town has met both the U.S. presidential candidates. Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama paid a call Wednesday to the home of Pinhas Amar and his wife, Aliza. Obama's Republican rival, John McCain, visited them in March. The Amars have paid a high price for the honor: Last December, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip,...

2008-07-23 18:00:14

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama warned in Israel Wednesday a nuclear Iran could lead to nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told a news conference in Sderot after meetings in Jerusalem with Israeli leaders and in the West Bank with Palestinian officials such a scenario is our single most important threat, both to Israel and also to the United States. Obama said he takes it as a positive sign the Bush administration shifted its Iran position...

2008-07-23 06:00:27

By Jeff Zeleny Brian Knowlton contributed reporting from Washington. * Senator Barack Obama said Tuesday that there was "no doubt security has improved in Iraq," but that he would not hesitate to overrule American commanders and redirect forces to fight what he called "a perilous and urgent" battle against terrorism in Afghanistan. "My job as a candidate for president and a potential commander in chief extends beyond Iraq," Obama told reporters in Jordan after finishing a three-day...

2008-07-22 21:00:20

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Republican National Committee, +1-202-863-8614 Obama's Misjudgment On The Surge And Ignorance Of The Consequences Of His Withdrawal Plan Show He Is Not Ready To Lead WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the RNC: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/RNCLOGO) Today, Obama Claimed That He Said There Was "No Doubt" The Surge Would Reduce Violence In Iraq: Obama:"What I can say is that there's no...

2008-07-22 21:00:02

AMMAN, Jordan _ Barack Obama has months to go before voters decide whether or not he will become president, but on Tuesday he adopted much of the pageantry of a leader on the world stage as he completed an official visit of war zones and met up with the considerable media entourage waiting to accompany him on a tour of foreign capitals. Obama's first encounter with the press corps on the trip put him among ancient ruins on a hilltop, fielding questions on international issues in a televised...

2008-07-22 18:00:27

WASHINGTON _ Barack Obama's plan to build up U.S. forces in Afghanistan while keeping perhaps 50,000 troops in Iraq has triggered a deep rift among anti-war activists, a reminder of the difficult tasking facing the presumptive Democratic nominee as he tries to broaden his appeal. The Illinois senator wrapped up three days of tours and talks in the war-ravaged nations Tuesday, stressing in a news conference that the "situation in Afghanistan is perilous and urgent" and that "we should not...

2008-07-22 18:00:12

AMMAN, Jordan _ Heading into a full day of meetings Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday that if he's elected he'll push for a two-state peace settlement "from the minute I'm sworn in to office," but added that "it's unrealistic to expect that a U.S. president alone can suddenly snap his fingers and bring about peace in this region." In a news conference at the historic ruins of the Citadel in Jordan's capital, Amman, just hours after completing a...

2008-07-22 18:00:03

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Republican National Committee, +1-202-863-8614 As Obama Heads To Israel, How Will He Defend His Weak Record On Issues Important To The Country? WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Republican National Committee: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/RNCLOGO) In His Remarks To The Annual AIPAC Policy Conference, Obama Said That Jerusalem Should Be The Undivided Capital Of Israel, But Later...


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