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2014 Can Be US’ Breakthrough Year – Obama

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US President Barack Obama says 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long era of recession and slow recovery.

Obama spoke on Friday as he concluded his fifth year in office.

He and his family were departing later in the day for a holiday in Hawaii.

Asked if this year had been the worst of his presidency, he laughed and said, “That’s not how I think about it.”

Obama’s polls are at or near the low point of his tenure in the White House.

The president took questions a few hours after the government announced the economy grew at a solid 4.1 per cent annual rate from July through September. That’s the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously believed.

Much of the upward revision came from stronger consumer spending at a time when unemployment is at a five-year low of 7 per cent.

Obama did not mention it, but the stock market is also at or near record levels.

In his review of the year, Obama also noted that US combat troops finally will be withdrawn from Afghanistan during the coming year.

He also again promised to speak in more comprehensive terms about the future of National Security Agency surveillance programs.

“I have confidence that the NSA is not investigating in domestic surveillance or snooping around,” he said.

Yet he added, “we may have to refine this further to give people more confidence”.

A federal judge has ruled that some of the NSA’s activities were likely unconstitutional.

Judge Richard Leon called the NSA’s operation “Orwellian” in scope.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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