Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of the Israeli prime minister’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue. | 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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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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Twitter, law enforcement investigate alleged Islamic State threats

WASHINGTON - Twitter Inc and law enforcement authorities are investigating alleged threats made by Islamic State militants against the social media network's co-founder and other employees, the company said in reaction to media reports. | Video

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Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

MIAMI/HAVANA - Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official.

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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.


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.