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Senate starts early morning votes on health care

Posted: 12/22/2009 - The Senate is at work unusually early and voting on health care as Democrats zero in on their goal of passing President Barack Obama's signature issue by Christmas.

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McCain says sanctions have to be tried with Iran

Posted: 12/21/2009 - GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona says the United States must try sanctions to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon before considering other options like a military attack.

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Top US officer: Force must be option for Iran

Posted: 12/21/2009 - The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says military force would have only limited effect in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons but must remain an option.

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Witnesses: Protests at funeral for Iranian cleric

Posted: 12/21/2009 - Witnesses say security forces are clamping down in Iran's holy city of Qom (KOHM), where massive crowds have turned out for the funeral of the country's most senior dissident cleric.

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North Korea confirms Kim received Obama letter

Posted: 12/18/2009 - North Korea is confirming that its leader Kim Jong Il has received a personal letter from President Barack Obama, though it's not divulging its contents.

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Suspected US drone strike kills 3 in Pakistan

Posted: 12/18/2009 - Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike has killed three militants in Pakistan's lawless tribal area near the Afghan border.

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Clinton: US ready to join $100B climate aid fund

Posted: 12/17/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the United States is prepared to join other rich countries in raising $100 billion in yearly climate financing for poor countries by 2020.

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House to vote on deficit spending cap, jobs bill

Posted: 12/16/2009 - President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are sharpening their disagreements over deficit spending as the House plans votes on the issue later today.

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Ban urges to stop finger-pointing at climate talks

Posted: 12/15/2009 - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says rich and poor countries must "stop pointing fingers" and raise their climate targets to salvage faltering talks on a global warming pact.

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Ill. prison could get some Gitmo detainees

Posted: 12/15/2009 - The White House is expected to announce today plans to turn a state prison in rural Illinois into the new home for some terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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