World News

Obama: W. Hemisphere Economies Must Be Ready to Compete Globally

U.S. President Barack Obama says the economic systems of the Americas must integrate if they want to compete in a 21st century world.

Mr. Obama said at a regional economic forum in Costa Rica Saturday that the countries of the Western Hemisphere need the best educational and regulatory systems. He said if the nations do not coordinate their activities, they will fall behind other regions in the world.

In his weekly radio address, Mr. Obama said Latin America represents an "incredible opportunity" for good, middle class jobs in the United States.

The economic forum was the last stop on the president's three-day Latin America trip, which included a visit to Mexico. Mr. Obama talked about U.S. immigration reform, border security, and fighting the illegal drug trade.

Feature Story

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard as OSCE and members of a Malaysian air crash investigation team inspect the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk region on July 22, 2014.

Evolving Ukraine Crisis Tests Obama Foreign Policy

Downing of Malaysian jet over eastern Ukraine ramped up pressure on US - and EU - to act More