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U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony with Francois Hollande, France's president, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony with Francois Hollande, France's president, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

Obama’s Standing on World Stage — Diminished in American Eyes: Gallup

The leader of the free world has lost some luster in the eyes of the rest of the world — the way Americans here at home see it. Back in 2009, when President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize...

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People attend a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover in Tehran.

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People attend a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover in Tehran.

Obama to Iran: `We Will Come Down… Like a Ton of Bricks’

Chicago-styled hot dogs may be no match for French cuisine. Yet French President Francois Hollande once visited the U.S. in search of business intelligence about American fast food. “If you noticed a French guy poking around your local McDonald’s, that...

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Obama State of the Union by Harrer

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Bloomberg Photo / Andrew Harrer

Obama: ‘The Danger Remains’

“When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said President Barack Obama, who opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq before his election to the Senate from Illinois yet has executed a hard-charging ground and drone...

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Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Iran, left, and John Kerry during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Iran, left, and John Kerry during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Iranian Leader Asks Eavesdroppers: Please Don’t Misquote Us

Is Iran becoming an Orwellian state under the watchful gaze of a Big Brother? Yesterday, former President Mohammad Khatami warned that state monitoring of citizens and electronic surveillance had become so prevalent that everyone assumes their conversations are being overheard....

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Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, right, listens during a Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) meeting at the U.S. Treasury with Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9, 2013.

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Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, right, listens during a Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) meeting at the U.S. Treasury with Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9, 2013.

Lew: ‘Moral Obligation’ for Force as ‘Last Option’ in Iran

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was speaking of the “moral obligation to reserve force as a last option” in the international bid to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weaponry. “Any CEO, general counsel or business person who thinks now may be...

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Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari, leaves the podium after delivering a speech on proposed ministers of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the parliament, in Tehran, Iran.

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Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari, leaves the podium after delivering a speech on proposed ministers of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the parliament, in Tehran, Iran.

Spy vs. Lawmaker: Iranian Bugging

In America, members of Congress are investigating the nation’s electronic spying agency. In Iran, it’s the other way around. Iranian lawmakers are monitored by their own Intelligence Ministry, which is even listening in on the mobile phone conversations of the...

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An Iranian man looks at a Facebook page bearing portraits of Argentinian football star Lionel Messi and Brazilian model Fernanda Lima, a presenter at the World Cup draw, at his office in Tehean on Dec. 9, 2013.

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An Iranian man looks at a Facebook page bearing portraits of Argentinian football star Lionel Messi and Brazilian model Fernanda Lima, a presenter at the World Cup draw, at his office in Tehean on Dec. 9, 2013.

Facebook Tehran-Style: Never Saying You’re Sorry to the French

Last month, after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius put the brakes on a nuclear deal among Iran and world powers in Geneva, many Iranians vented their anger online, leaving both humorous and abusive comments on his Facebook page. Iranian state...

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Secretary of State John Kerry walk alongside U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, as he arrives in Israel for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Nov. 8, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry walk alongside U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, as he arrives in Israel for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Nov. 8, 2013.

Some in Pro-Israel Community Support Iran Agreement

While most of the pro-Israel community engages in watchful waiting to see whether Iran lives up to the agreement negotiated with the U.S. and its allies, J Street is already lobbying for support for the deal on Capitol Hill. “We...

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The Intercontinental Hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on November 21, 2013.

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The Intercontinental Hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on November 21, 2013.

Waiting for Kerry: P5+1 Reporters Forced to Order Wine or Move On

Talks aimed at resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva stuttered into a third day after negotiators failed to make a breakthrough. All day, rumors circulated that foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Russia, the U.S. and Germany...

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EU foreign policy chief's spokesperson Michael Mann briefs media outside a hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Nov. 21, 2013.

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EU foreign policy chief's spokesperson Michael Mann briefs media outside a hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Nov. 21, 2013.

Kerry, Party of 50? Geneva Shuffle

As Iranian foreign ministry officials wrestle with delegates from six world powers — Britain, China, France, Russia, the U.S. and Germany — to find an agreement to slow down Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, about 50 journalists...

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