Vice President Joe Biden called the leaders of Hungary and the Czech Republic to reassure them of US support for NATO's collective defense agreement, the White House said late Saturday. Biden also spoke about the Ukranian crisis with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, the White House said in statements.
US President Barack Obama interrupted his diplomatic initiative in Asia Sunday to condemn "ignorant" and "incredibly offensive" racist remarks allegedly made by the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. Obama took aim at the reported comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling and said he was confident the National Basketball Association would address the controversy. They kind of speak for themselves," said Obama. Obama said the NBA was beloved by fans across the United States, had many African American players and was steeped in the community's culture.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The unity pact between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the militant group Hamas dealt a sharp punch to U.S.-driven peace negotiations with Israel, but the Americans insisted it was not a fatal blow to the struggling talks. Washington was stunned by the deal announced on Wednesday between Fatah, the faction that leads the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and is viewed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately suspended participation in the peace process brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.