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Obama to consult European leaders on Russia sanctions

US President Barack Obama said he would consult key European leaders later Friday on the failed agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine and on imposing new sanctions against Russia. Obama said in Seoul that he wanted to coordinate a united approach with Western US allies, after Washington concluded that Russia had done nothing to implement the deal reached in Geneva. "I will be talking to the Europeans, not all of them, but some key European leaders again this evening, making sure they share my assessment in terms of what has happened since the Geneva talks," Obama said at a press conference in Seoul. The president said Washington had already lined up further targeted sanctions against Russia "that are ready to go".

Obama: Lack of will in Israel, Palestinian talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Voicing pessimism about a prompt restart to Mideast peace talks, President Barack Obama said Friday that neither Israelis nor Palestinians have shown the political will to make tough decisions to advance negotiations.

Obama: May be time for more North Korea sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Showing unity against North Korean provocations, President Barack Obama says it may be time to consider sanctions with "even more bite" against the North as its threatens its fourth nuclear test. South Korean President Park Geun-hye, meanwhile, says any test would trigger a regional nuclear arms race.

Chris Messina Beyond ‘The Mindy Project’

He's that guy you know from, well, everything. Chris Messina on 'Mindy' fanatics, his directorial debut, and when he dropped out of college and quit acting to work on a lobster boat.

Obama says Japan's wartime sex slavery was 'terrible' violation

The Japanese wartime system of sex slavery was a "terrible" violation of human rights and its victims need to be heard, US President Barack Obama said Friday in Seoul. Stepping into one of the most contentious issues in Northeast Asia, Obama said there needed to be an accounting of the wrongs perpetrated by Japanese Imperial troops before and during World War II when thousands of women were forced into prostitution. Despite formal apologies issued by the Japanese government, South Korea and other nations accuse Tokyo of failing sufficiently to atone for the "comfort women" pressed to service its troops during its brutal war of expansion. Obama, who arrived in South Korea earlier Friday after a three-day state visit to Japan, said the two nations must find a way to move on.

Obama: May be time for more NKorea sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama says it may be time to consider further sanctions against North Korea "that have even more bite" as the country is threatening its fourth nuclear test.

Obama says North Korea poses threat to region and to U.S.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that reclusive North Korea posed a threat not just to the region but to the United States and that he hoped China would use its influence to rein in its ally. In March, the North warned it would not rule out a "new form" of nuclear test to boost its nuclear deterrent, after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang's launch of a mid-range ballistic missile into the sea east of the peninsula. North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006, banning it from conducting atomic and missile tests, barring U.N. member states from weapons trade with Pyongyang and financial transactions that facilitate them.

Obama says still in interest of Israel, Palestinians to seek peace

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday it was still in the interest of Israel and the Palestinians to seek peace. Israel on Thursday suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group. The negotiations had appeared to be heading nowhere even before Wednesday's reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian groups plunged them deeper into crisis. The United States had been struggling to extend the talks beyond an original April 29 deadline for a peace accord. ...

Obama: North Korea facing further isolation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. stands "shoulder to shoulder" with its ally South Korea in refusing to accept a nuclearized North Korea.

Lavrov accuses US of seeking to 'smear Russia'

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused the United States of seeking to smear Moscow and called US Secretary of State John Kerry's tone over the Ukraine crisis unacceptable. Lavrov warned "the might of US propaganda" was aimed "at smearing Russia, smearing those who protest against the illegal actions of the (Kiev) authorities who are trying to ban Russian and trying to call all Russians and Russian speakers enemies who should be killed." Kerry warned Thursday that Moscow's refusal to end the Ukraine crisis would be costly, saying the window of opportunity for Russia to change tack was closing.

Performance Art Is Bullsh*t

Move over, Marcel Duchamp—a woman at Art Cologne has a profound new statement to make, and it involves plopping eggs out of an orifice.

Your Next Addiction: 'The Archers'

It’s the world’s longest running radio soap opera, and, fresh after the chaos of a botched wedding, it’s the perfect time for America to get the habit.

Obama Can't Win on Immigration

President Obama celebrated with new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony Friday as both immigration advocates and Republicans expressed outrage at his deportation proposals.

Nike Fuelband’s Fall From Grace

Nike’s assumption that people want to look and train like athletes while wearing its Fuelband turned out to be way off. Now the company might pull the wearable altogether.

Hillary Clinton, Kindergarten Cop

If she runs in 2016, her prescient advocacy for early childhood education might be peaking at just the right time.

U.S. Weapons in Syrian Rebel Hands

New evidence suggests the U.S. may be secretly giving heavy weapons to Syrian rebels to turn the tide of the war. Here’s what those weapons can do and how much difference they’ll make.

SNL’s Funniest Gal Hits the Big Screen

A screeching wacko prone to meltdowns, epic fits of entitlement, and wedding proposals, Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon is hilarious as a psycho girlfriend in ‘Intramural.’

Grateful Dead’s Other Man Speaks

He was the humble sideman to a rock icon. Now the new documentary ‘The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir’ pays long overdue respect to the band’s singular rhythmic guitarist.

The End of Heart Attacks

A world without heart disease seems impossible. But researchers at Johns Hopkins just got one step closer.