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Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

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The death of Saudi Arabia’s king, the collapse of a U.S.-friendly government in Yemen and a problematic relationship with Israel’s leadership are presenting a new set of complications for the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Not only is the U.S. leader dealing with adversaries in Iran, the Islamic State and al-Qaida, but he is now juggling trouble with traditional allies as well.

President Obama had a prickly relationship with the late Saudi King Abdullah, but paying his respects to successor King Salman this week marked a fresh start. 

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US Supports Seoul’s Outreach to Pyongyang

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Two U.S. diplomatic envoys are in Northeast Asia this week to consult with allies on stalled negotiations with North Korea about its nuclear weapons program. Washington has been bolstering regional support for maintaining sanctions on North Korea even as it expresses support for Seoul’s recent unconditional offer to meet with Pyongyang.

After meeting with officials in Seoul, Wendy Sherman, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said there is no disagreement between the United States and South Korea over how to deal with North Korea. 

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Spies, cover-ups and the mysterious death of an Argentinian prosecutor

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The CCTV images are both familiar and sinister: the recordings show Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International airport on the day that prosecutor Alberto Nisman flew home for the last time.

Nisman looks like any father might after interrupting a family holiday for a work emergency. He seems tired, busy and bored as the cameras track his progress through immigration, beyond the luggage carousel, into the arrival lounge and out to the street.

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Israel-Lebanon Border Calm After Deadly Clashes

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The border between Israel and Lebanon was calm Thursday, a day after clashes there left two Israeli soldiers and a United Nations peacekeeper dead.

Wednesday's fighting began with the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah using rockets to attack an Israeli military convoy along the border.  Israel responded with airstrikes and shelling.

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IS Sets New Deadline for Hostages' Execution

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An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed if Amman does not hand over a female suicide bomber by sunset Thursday.

Authorities in Japan and Jordan are trying to verify the new audio recording that purports to be the voice of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

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Senate Dems back down on Iran, say won’t support sanctions bill yet

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A group of Senate Democrats on Tuesday eased off their push for new Iran sanctions, potentially taking the wind out of the bipartisan effort to muscle through the legislation in the face of a President Obama veto threat. 

In a reversal, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., announced at a Senate committee hearing that he and his Democratic colleagues had written to Obama telling him they would hold off on supporting legislation that he helped write. The bill was co-authored by Republican Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk. 

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Fidel Castro Appears to Lend Support to Cuba Talks with US

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Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.

But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced on Dec. 17 by his younger brother and Cuba's current president, Raul Castro, and President Barack Obama.

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