World Bulletin / News Desk
President Barack Obama chided himself on Sunday for his weak debate performance against Republican Mitt Romney and reminded supporters at a California fundraiser that even his successful 2008 campaign had "bumps" in the road.
Speaking to a crowd of some 6,000 at a concert in Los Angeles, Obama complimented the slew of performers - including Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Hudson - who had performed earlier for the audience.
"They just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same," Obama said to laughter and then applause.
Romney's strong performance at the debate on Wednesday has helped close a gap in the polls with the president, who has been leading nationally and in several important swing states.
Obama, whose campaign has said it would make adjustments as a result of the debate, noted his White House win four years ago had its own share of hurdles, including mistakes he made.
"Back in 2008 - everybody always remembers the victory, but they don't always remember the bumps in the road," he said.
"Things always look good in retrospect. But in the middle of it ... we made all kinds of mistakes. We goofed up. I goofed up. But the American people carried us forward," he said.
At another, more intimate fundraiser later in the evening, Obama pledged to work harder than ever to gain re-election, in what could have been an effort to reassure his supporters after the lackluster debate performance.
"I'm a big believe in closing the deal," he said to applause. "You will see me working as hard as I've ever worked for the next ... 30 days," he said.
The president noted that the encounter with Romney had happened on his 20th wedding anniversary, a fact that he offered up as another potential reason for his poor performance.
"The actual anniversary date was not that romantic," he said to laughter from the crowd, which included actor George Clooney.
"There was some speculation as to whether this had an impact on my performance."
Obama is holding a series of fundraisers in California in an effort to boost his campaign coffers for the final stretch of the race against Romney. On Saturday, his campaign announced that it, along with Democratic Party allies, brought in a record $181 million in September.
Four Indian nationals, on their way back to India after a posting at Sirte University were held at a checkpoint and taken back to Sirte.
Collective prayers, forced conversion to Christianity, Islamic clothing have been banned in Western Central African Republic, in particular in areas where there is an absence of UN peacekeepers.
Congo, Chad, Cameroon and Guinea, have initiated a ban on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil after a spate of young women carried out suicide attacks
France will pay forfeit for non-delivery of two Mistral warships to Russia
There are fears of a humanitarian crisis as refugees seek ways to enter Serbia taking weeks to walk from Syria making their way through Turkey, Greece and Macedonia
The US imposes further sanctions against Russia over the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea
Workers say new law reduces the rights of employees and makes it easier for employers to fire them
Jose Zamora Induta had been exiled in Portugal before returning home to Guinea-Bissau.
Russian President Putin has assured Netanyahu that the Iranian deal would improve security in the Middle East.
Nigel Farage said his party would launch a "major ground campaign" for the referendum, which Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold by 2017.
Roughly 70 percent of the world's cocoa is grown in West Africa and several people in the chocolate industry have been trying to reduce child labor in West Africa for years.
This is Africa reflects on Mr. Mazrui’s five strategies for taming Western-oriented imperialism disguised as globalisation
Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium in 2006. Litvinenko accused Putin of trying to kill him before his death.
Multiple power and water cuts make everyday life difficult when temperatures rise with authorities giving a 4 day mandatory holiday relief.
Syriza split issue over bailout deal may be overcome with party referendum
Cameroon has shut down all mosques and Islamic centres in response to a wave of suicide attacks in the country's north.