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Around the World
Uneasy Arab states in Persian Gulf watch US-Iran overtures from sidelines - Fox News
Lost in the blizzard of attention on Iran's cautious openings to the U.S. was another bit of noteworthy outreach by President Hassan Rouhani: Sending greetings to Saudi Arabia's king and appealing for more cooperation between the two regional rivals.
Vietnam evacuates tens of thousands as powerful typhoon approaches; China reports 75 missing - Fox News
Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from high-risk areas in central Vietnam on Monday as a typhoon that sank at least two Chinese fishing ships neared the coast.
Car bomb kills 40 in northwest Pakistan - USA Today
A car bomb ripped through a crowded street in Peshawar's oldest bazaar, killing 40 people in the third blast to hit the troubled Pakistani city in a week, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
United Nations Security Council unanimously votes to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons - Jerusalem Post
The 15 members of the UN Security Council unanimously passed a draft resolution on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons on Friday night.
Kerry says more than words needed to ease Iran sanctions - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said an agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program could be reached within a three-to-six-month time frame, but said the regime in Tehran would have to prove its intentions through actions.
Israel Arrests Iranian Suspected of Plan to Attack U.S. Embassy - Bloomberg
Israel arrested an Iranian man suspected of preparing attacks in exchange for $1 million against sites that included the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, according to the country's national security agency.
The PA says it won't allow an intifada against Israel in the West Bank - Jerusalem Post
The Palestinian Authority won't allow an intifada against Israel in the West Bank, Palestinian security sources in Ramallah said on Sunday.
Mideast quartet seeks Israeli, Palestinian action by 2014 - Times of Israel
The quartet of Middle East peacemakers is calling on the Israelis and Palestinians to demonstrate their seriousness in reaching a settlement in the next year.
Likud MK implies Netanyahu will compromise on Jerusalem - Times of Israel
In a rare dovish statement for a member of the right-wing Likud party, MK Tzachi Hanegbi on Sunday defended Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to a two-state solution, implying that the prime minister was prepared to compromise on Jerusalem and uproot settlements if PA negotiators ceded their demand for a right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendents.
Netanyahu's mission: Setting parameters for Obama's Iran diplomacy - Times of Israel
"Any miscalculation of one's position, and of course, of others, will bear historic damages; a mistake by one actor will have negative impact on all others." These words were spoken Tuesday by President Hasan Rouhani, but they aptly reflect what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently thinking about the thawing relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America.
Inside the United States
N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens - NY Times
Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.
Wall Street braces for volatility as government shutdown looms - Reuters
As a last-minute deal to resolve spending negotiations in Washington appeared less likely, U.S. stock investors braced for what had previously seemed remote: a shutdown of the U.S. government that could spark a major equity decline.
GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill - CNN
House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.
House leadership says it still has options to avoid government shutdown - Fox News
A House Republican leader said Sunday the chamber has several last-minute options to avoid a government shutdown should the Senate reject a temporary spending bill the House passed early Sunday morning that includes a one-year delay for ObamaCare.
House votes to keep government open, delay ObamaCare by 1 year - Fox News
House Republicans voted early Sunday morning in favor of a temporary spending bill that includes a one-year delay for ObamaCare, a move that increases the chance of a government shutdown with Senate Democrats and the White House vowing to reject the measure ahead of a Monday night deadline.
Who'll blink? Dems, GOP in shutdown stare down - AP
With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine federal funding bill to try to attack the president's health care law.
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