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Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

WASHINGTON - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. | Video

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Exclusive: Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. | Video

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Exclusive: Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia - Obama

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years. | Video

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U.S. spy chief says he got a mixed reception in North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. spy chief James Clapper said that when he made a secret visit to North Korea in November to bring home two jailed Americans he was first given a 12-course banquet and then later told by his hosts that his security could not be guaranteed.

Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

MONTREUX, Switzerland - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut nuclear negotiations with Iran that resumed on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case in Washington against the diplomacy.

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Exclusive: Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for Obamacare court case

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan.

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Accused Boston bomber's slain older brother to loom over trial

BOSTON - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect sparred with federal prosecutors on Monday over how early in the trial they may discuss his older brother's role in the attack, suggesting the defendant's life may well hang on that question.

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U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

WASHINGTON - About 180 Americans have traveled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.