For Obama, world looks far different than expected

August 26, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this June 19, 2013, file photo U.S. President Barack Obama listens to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, address media at a joint press conference at the chancellery in Berlin. Merkel, publicly questioned the legitimacy of U.S. NSA surveillance programs, while standing next to Obama during his Berlin visit. Though his approval ratings in Europe have long been high, those numbers have slipped in his second term. And so has European approval for his administration’s international policies. A Pew Research Center poll conducted this spring, before the NSA programs were revealed, showed that support for his foreign policies was down in most of the countries surveyed, including a 14 point drop in Britain and a 12 point drop in France. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations Login to read more

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