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Obama Won't Attend Paris March - Yahoo News

January 11, 2015

Ever since the bloody shooting that killed 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday -- followed by separate attacks that left five more people dead -- Obama has made repeated declarations in support of America's "oldest ally." But he will not join other leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, all set to attend the march. More than a million people were expected to go. "I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow," Obama said Friday, following three days of bloodshed. On Thursday, Obama wrote the Gallic slogan "Vive la France!" in a condolence book during a visit to the embassy in Washington. Executive Branch

Obama to Host British Prime Minister David Cameron Next Week - ABC News

Their meeting follows the worst terrorist attack in France in decades. Seventeen people were slain in attacks on a satirical newspaper, police and a kosher supermarket during a three-day spree across Paris. The White House says the leaders will share a working dinner on Thursday, and then meet in the website Oval Office on Friday to discuss a range of issues, from economic growth and international trade to the rise of Islamist militants and Russia's actions in Ukraine . Cameron is among world leaders planning to attend a mass anti-terrorism rally Sunday in Paris. Attorney General Eric Holder is attending a separate Paris meeting on fighting terrorism. Join the Discussion

Obama to Focus on Cybersecurity Issues Next Week - ABC News

cybersecurity that he will detail in speeches this week. The U.S. president will lay out a series of legislative proposals and executive actions that will be in his State of the Union that will tackle identity theft and privacy issues, cybersecurity, and access to the Internet, reported the New York Times, quoting a White House official. The recent, high-profile hack into Sonys corporate networks, which federal investigators have blamed on North Korea, may strengthen the presidents hand as he attempts to get a cybersecurity bill passed by a legislature that is controlled by his political opposition. In addition, the recent increase in severity of intrusions into major U.S. retailers such as Home Depot and Target, which has cost millions of dollars in fraudulent credit-card transactions, has made identity-theft an even more urgent issue.

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This comes just after the House of Representatives voted to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but its fate is uncertain in the Senate. The White House has promised a veto of that measure if it reaches the President's desk. On Monday, the President will visit the Federal Trade Commission, where he will lay out proposals and executive action on identity theft, Internet privacy and technology in schools, the official said. Next week, Obama will speak about the government's efforts to work with the private sector on cybersecurity and will travel to Iowa, where he will focus on increasing access to high-speed broadband across the country. This is all part of a new tactic by the White House to build support for its initiatives before the annual January 20 address.

Obama to France: 'The United States stands with you' - Yahoo News

"I figured, why wait? It's like opening your Christmas presents a little early." The proposals include steps Obama can take unilaterally using his executive authority, a practice he used frequently last year that irritated Republicans. Other proposals will require collaboration with Congress, which Republicans now control. They reacted coolly to Obama's announcements. Vice President Joe Biden is also pitching in with the previews. He travels to Norfolk, Virginia, on Thursday to announce new funding to help train people to work in the cybersecurity industry, the White House said.

Obama will unveil new cybersecurity initiatives this week | PCWorld

"I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow," Obama said at a speaking engagement in Tennessee, describing France as America's "oldest ally." "The moment that the outrageous attack took place, we directed all of our law enforcement and counterintelligence operations to provide whatever support that our ally needs in confronting this challenge," Obama added. Obama was speaking hours after the crisis that began with the massacre of 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo reached a dramatic climax, with French police storming two hostage sites, killing two brothers wanted for the magazine attack and a jihadist ally. "We're hopeful the immediate threat is now resolved. The French government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant. The situation is fluid," Obama added.

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