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Around the World
Iran, Israel attended Middle East nuclear meeting: diplomats - Reuters
Iran, Israel and Arab states took part in a meeting two weeks ago about prospects for an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, diplomats said on Tuesday, a rare such gathering of regional adversaries.
Russia demands Iran be included as talks heat up over Syria conference - Times of Israel
The UN's top Syria envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, headed into meetings with senior Russian and US officials Tuesday to see if a UN-sponsored peace conference bringing together Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and a united opposition delegation could be convened later this month in Geneva.
Iranian FM says deal on nuclear program possible this week - Times of Israel
A deal with the six world powers (P5+1) to resolve the stalemate over Iran's nuclear program could come later this week in Geneva, the Iranian foreign minister said Tuesday.
Milky Way may host billions of Earth-size planets - LA Times
There's no place like home, but scientists now say that Earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars in a so-called habitable zone are so common that there could be as many as 11 billion in the Milky Way alone.
EU should create own spy agency, Reding says - EU Observer
EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has said the Union should create its own intelligence service by 2020.
The 'toxic monster' is coming! Texas-sized floating island containing one million tonnes of junk fro - UK Independent
An enormous floating island of debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami is drifting towards the coast of America, bringing with it over one million tonnes of junk that would cover an area the size of Texas.
U.N. Approves Iranian Resolution on Nuke Disarmament - Washington Free Beacon
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has overwhelmingly approved an Iranian-authored resolution advocating global nuclear disarmament, a U.N. official told the Washington Free Beacon on Monday.
U.S. officials skeptical of Syria's weapons compliance - Washington Examiner
The same day the White House touted Syria's agreement to destroy its chemical weapons as a major accomplishment of President Obama's second term, the envoy to the United Nations suggested Syria may be not be fully cooperating by keeping some chemical weapons supplies secret.
Israel, Palestinians grim on peace talks before Kerry visit - Reuters
Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Obama paying 'lip service' on Iran strike option, says top MK - Times of Israel
US leaders, up to and including President Barack Obama, are merely "paying lip service" when they talk of the military option against Iran, said Tzachi Hanegbi, a leading Likud Knesset member who is one of Prime Minister Benjamin Nentayahu's closest confidants.
Israeli negotiators reportedly at odds over Jerusalem - Times of Israel
Israel's negotiating team in peace talks with the Palestinians is reportedly facing an internal disagreement on the issue of Jerusalem, with chief negotiator MK Tzipi Livni demonstrating a more flexible approach than that of lawyer Yitzhak Molcho, the special envoy appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Inside the United States
How Illinois gay marriage fight pitted Obama against black pastors in Chicago - Washington Post
The Illinois legislature may vote as early as next week to legalize same-sex marriage -- capping a months-long and racially-delicate debate that has tested President Obama's enduring influence over the politics of his hometown.
Obama administration pushes back over canceled health plans - Reuters
The Obama administration, under pressure over the botched opening of its healthcare website, announced new efforts on Tuesday to appease hundreds of thousands of people whose coverage is being canceled as insurers prepare for reforms in 2014.
Gallup poll: Obama's approval hits lowest mark in two years - Washington Examiner
President Obama's approval rating dropped to 39 percent in the latest Gallup daily poll, his lowest mark in over two years.
Terry McAuliffe narrowly wins Virginia governor's race - Washington Times
Terry McAuliffe narrowly edged Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the surprisingly close race for Virginia governor Tuesday, delivering a Democratic victory and a repudiation of Republicans who just four years ago swept the top three statewide races.
Christie cruises to victory ahead of 2016 - Washington Times
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday, giving Republicans a bright spot in an off-year election and demonstrating how the GOP can win in blue states and potentially positioning himself as a counterweight to the tea party in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.
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