Democrats told Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White to require reporting on the source of conflict minerals from Congo.
The State Department strongly condemned the kidnapping and is seeking his release.
Obama also expressed hope on the Trans-Pacific trade deal under negotiation.
White House said it was “horrified” by reports that rebels in S. Sudan slaughtered hundreds.
Kerry asks Russia to tone down "escalatory rhetoric" in Ukraine.
South Korea has warned its northern neighbor may be planning a nuclear test.
The administration is sending a team of experts to help Ukraine resolve its immediate and long-term energy demands.
After tortured bodies found, Ukraine chief relaunches operation against Russian separatists.
“It’s more than symbology,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said President Obama must hold Syrian President Bashar Assad accountable for his “barbaric” acts amid reports that he is still using chemical weapons against his own people.