POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 04, 2016 AT 14:12 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 04, 2016 14:12 IST

During a visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, his first to a mosque in the United States as president, Barack Obama praised American Muslims as a crucial part of America’s history and vital to the nation’s future.

He said that Muslims were an essential part of the one "American family" and implicitly slammed the Republican presidential candidates and the "inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans" in a warning to citizens to not be "bystanders to bigotry."

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 04, 2016 AT 14:12 IST, Edited At: Feb 04, 2016 14:12 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 19, 2016 AT 12:01 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 19, 2016 12:01 IST

First it was David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Now it's Glenn Frey. The first month of 2016 hasn't been kind at all.

The Grammy-winning Eagles guitarist and co-founder of the band, known for hits including 'Hotel California', 'Tequila Sunrise' and 'Heartache Tonight', has died.

Throughout the early- to mid-1970s, Frey and the band released hit after hit, leading a renaissance of mellow California singer-songwriters with such artists as Ronstadt and Jackson Browne.

Frey and Don Henley co-wrote many of the band's biggest songs, including 'Best of My Love', 'Lyin' Eyes', 'One of These Nights' and 'Hotel California'. Frey also famously helped Browne finish writing the Eagles' first hit, 'Take It Easy', contributing the catchy verse, 'it's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford / slowing down to take a look at me'.

Frey played guitar and keyboard and took lead vocal duties for the band on tunes like 'Take it Easy' and 'Tequila Sunrise'.

Here's remembering some of the band's greatest hits. Rest in peace, Glenn Frey.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 19, 2016 AT 12:01 IST, Edited At: Jan 19, 2016 12:01 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 13, 2015 AT 19:47 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 13, 2015 19:47 IST

Aspiring US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made an appearance in Saturday Night Live's season premiere on NBC as a bartender named "Val" who lends a sympathetic ear to Kate McKinnon doing her celebrated impression of Clinton.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 13, 2015 AT 19:47 IST, Edited At: Oct 13, 2015 19:47 IST
POSTED BY Madhavi Tata ON Sep 24, 2015 AT 08:37 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 24, 2015 08:37 IST

As 78-year-old Pope Francis pays a historic first time visit to the United States of America and is all set to address the United Nations on September 25, representatives from three organisations urged the media to pressurize the Vatican to take concrete steps to address the crisis of sexual assaults by priests.

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POSTED BY Madhavi Tata ON Sep 24, 2015 AT 08:37 IST, Edited At: Sep 24, 2015 08:37 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 21, 2015 AT 20:07 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 21, 2015 20:07 IST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 65 on September 18. Being a favourite on Twitter, he had his own trending hashtag #HappyBdayPM on the social media website. Wishes were received from national and international leaders alike, including President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal, BJP President Amit Shah and actor Amitabh Bachan amongst many others. Some of the International well-wishers included Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnball and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

One influential leader who did not wish him is US President Barack Obama which is surprising after all the public display of love the last time Obama visited.

Earlier this year on his visit to India, Obama had made a strong pitch for religious tolerance in the country at Delhi's Siri Fort. A few days later though, he invoked India again in his speech at the White House, saying "acts of intolerance (in India) would have shocked Gandhiji."

Modi's alleged association with the Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat during his term as Chief Minister has clearly left US wary and it seems that even copious doses of bromance and well-choreographed chai pouring has not managed to alter Obama's perception.

Ah, well.

Modi is all set to travel to the US for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly starting this September 28. What might be fun to observe though is the chemistry between Obama and Modi when their paths cross. Watch out for the sparks.

What man, Obama! Put birthday reminders on your phone!

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 21, 2015 AT 20:07 IST, Edited At: Sep 21, 2015 20:07 IST
     
 
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