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New Homes, Worker Ban Heighten Tension in Middle East

New Homes, Worker Ban Heighten Tension in Middle East

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- At a time when tensions in Jerusalem are already sky-high, Israel on Wednesday approved plans to build 78 new homes in East Jerusalem.Palestinian leaders and domestic critics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are furious. The U.S. State Department has also criticized the move.But it's not the only incident that has exacerbated tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Another announcement to bar Arab Israeli workers has set off a national uproar.Citing security concerns after Tuesday's synagogue attack, the mayor of the southern city of Asheklon on Thursday banned Arab Israeli construction workers at pre-schools.The decision has been publicly condemned not just by Arab Israeli leaders but by Netanyahu, the defense minister and the justice minister. Arab Israeli lawmaker Achmed Tibi called the move, "racist" while Israeli leaders say discrimination against Arab Israelis is not just unacceptable, it's illegal. Israel's attorney general and rights groups are expected to fight the mayor's move.

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CIA Praise, of Sorts, for Glenn Greenwald’s Book on Edward Snowden

CIA Praise, of Sorts, for Glenn Greenwald’s Book on Edward Snowden

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A CIA reviewer has halting praise for journalist Glenn Greenwald’s book on the Edward Snowden affair, calling it the book “the most complete, though far from the most objective account” of the leaker who exposed the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance programs.The review, written by a veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology and Directorate of Operations, was posted recently on the CIA’s website, in a regularly-updated section called the “Intelligent Officer’s Bookshelf.” The Agency veteran and others often review espionage-related popular nonfiction and fiction books for the site.The reviewer describes Greenwald’s account in No Place to Hide of being contacted by Snowden and eventually meeting him in Hong Kong, before taking issue with what he called Greenwald’s “core arguments” presented later.“Greenwald is appalled at the concept implied in the [third] chapter’s title ["Collect It All"] and analyzes it with the presumption of illegality while dismissing without comment the intelligence issues that led to its adoption,” the reviewer says. “Greenwald also ignores other interpretations regarding the legality of the NSA’s collection programs…”Greenwald’s book is reviewed along with two others that cover the Snowden affair, and the reviewer concludes that Greenwald’s “sums up the common themes of these three books: Snowden’s acts were justified because he chose to seek ‘reform of the surveillance state.’”A disclaimer at the bottom of the website notes that the opinions “expressed in this journal are those of the authors” and shouldn’t be “construed as asserting or implying U.S. government endorsement…”In January, America’s top intelligence officials, including CIA Director John Brennan, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the purported severe damage Snowden’s disclosures had done to U.S. national security.

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Pope Francis Takes on Capitalism at UN Conference on Hunger

Pope Francis Takes on Capitalism at UN Conference on Hunger

FAO via Getty Images(ROME) -- Speaking to a United Nations conference on hunger in Rome Thursday, Pope Francis once again took on capitalism.The pope called it painful to witness how the "primacy of profit" and speculation obstruct the fight against hunger and malnutrition around the world.

In the past 12 years, hunger has fallen by about 20 percent. But millions in the West overeat to the point of obesity, while 800 million continue to go hungry, with malnutrition being linked to almost half of the deaths of young children around the world.

Pope Francis added that no form of political or economic pressure that exploits the availability of foodstuffs can be considered acceptable.

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Two US Naval Supply Ships Collide in Arabian Sea

Two US Naval Supply Ships Collide in Arabian Sea

File photo. U.S. Navy / Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob I. Allison(MANAMA, Bahrain) — Two U.S. Naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, according to Navy officials.  The USNS Amelia Earhart and USNS Walter S. Diehl collided in the gulf between Yemen and Somalia early Thursday morning as they began a replenishment operation.Both ships appeared to have only minor damage and will continue their assigned missions, the Navy said.The Navy plans to conduct an investigation to determine the collision’s cause.

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Kerry to Join Iran Nuke Talks in Vienna

Kerry to Join Iran Nuke Talks in Vienna

State Dept photo(VIENNA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Vienna on Thursday, where he'll join the nuclear talks with Iran. In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry is coming to the Austrian city to "check in" on the nuclear negotiations with Iran.Psaki added that Kerry's departure date is "not yet determined," leaving open the possibility that he may leave before Monday's deadline. If Kerry goes home, it may be a sign that a deal is dead. If he travels elsewhere, he might be continuing the sidelines negotiations he's done from London and Paris. Officials, meanwhile, are working hard to lower expectations of a deal this week, and some are now openly debating whether an extension is necessary.

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How Russian Website Is Spying on Thousands of Private Moments

How Russian Website Is Spying on Thousands of Private Moments

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A baby is seen sleeping in a crib in Orange, California. A woman is watched as she sits at her kitchen table reading the newspaper in Burlington, New Jersey. An office in Plano, Texas, is shown just as the work day begins.They're all scenes from the 4,591 webcams in the United States that are being broadcast on a Russian website. The cameras haven't been hacked. They're simply unsecured, making them easy targets for the Moscow-based website, which ABC News has visited but will not name out of concern for users' privacy.Footage from more than 100 countries, showing living rooms, home exteriors and closed circuit cameras in businesses, among other locations, is easily viewable. The website even takes it further by providing the exact coordinates of each web cam.A message on the website's homepage said it "has been designed in order to show the importance of the security settings.""To remove your public camera from this site and make it private the only thing you need to do is to change your camera default password," the message reads.While it was not immediately clear what could be done to shut down the website, it has caught the attention of watchdogs in the United Kingdom who said they were joining agencies in the United States, Australia and Canada, among others, to issue a warning to consumers.Robert Siciliano, a McAfee identity theft expert, told ABC News users with webcams need to be vigilant about changing the username and password once they're installed."The users of these devices often use the default user name and password that comes with the device," Siciliano said. "Criminals know this and scan the web for these networks and cameras and then they get full access to it."Aside from choosing a secure password, Siciliano said he encourages people to make sure their software is always up to date so hackers can not exploit any potential flaws and make sure their home and office Wi-Fi is encrypted.

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Deadly Car Bombing in Kurdish Capital of Erbil

Deadly Car Bombing in Kurdish Capital of ErbilWathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images(ERBIL, Iraq) -- The Kurdish capital of Erbil was rocked by a suicide car bombing Wednesday that killed at least four people and wounded 29 others.The attack outside the governor’s compound marked the first terrorist as...

Missing Honduran Beauty Queen and Sister Found Murdered

Missing Honduran Beauty Queen and Sister Found Murdered

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A massive search for Miss Honduras, María José Alvarado, and her sister, who have been missing since last week, ended tragically Wednesday when their bodies were discovered buried by a river in the northern part of the Central American country.Police are charging the sister's boyfriend with the women's murders. They have also arrested another man with possible accomplices still at-large.According to authorities, they have the gun Plutarco Ruíz allegedly used to kill Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofía, a 23-year-old school teacher. Police also say Ruíz led them to the place where he allegedly buried the women.Both Alvarado and her sister attended a party for Ruíz in a spa close to the city of Santa Bárbara last Thursday. Local media reports that the suspect shot his girlfriend for dancing with another man and also struck Alvarado.Police say that Ruíz had first planned to bring the women to the hospital but when they died, he half-buried them in order to hasten their bodies' decomposition.Crowned Miss Honduras earlier this year, Alvarado had planned to leave for London Thursday to prepare for the Miss World pageant in December.

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Tuscany, Giglio Sue Costa Cruises Following Costa Concordia Crash

Tuscany, Giglio Sue Costa Cruises Following Costa Concordia Crash

Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images(ROME) -- The Italian region of Tuscany is demanding almost $40 million from the owners of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the Italian coast almost three years ago.The Costa Concordia struck a rock off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people. Along with Tuscany's demand for almost $40 million, Giglio is suing Costa Cruises for $240 million. Giglio, once a flourishing resort island, claims it lost 45,000 visitors due to the wreck, which sat marooned beside its port for more than two years.Both the region and the island say the cruise ship disaster tarnished their image.A lawyer for Costa Cruises calls the compensation claim wildly exaggerated and without justification.

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Los Angeles-Based ‘Dating Guru’ Banned from UK

Los Angeles-Based ‘Dating Guru’ Banned from UK

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A self-styled "dating guru" who has stirred up controversy in a number of countries with what many feel are offensive tactics to approach women has been banned from entering the United Kingdom.

Julien Blanc holds seminars claiming to teach men how to attract women, but his methods have been widely criticized as sexually abusive. Blanc is the Swiss-born American "executive coach for the Los Angeles based 'Real Social Dynamics,'" according to his Twitter account. He describes himself as "an international leader in dating advice."

A petition in Britain to deny him a visa attracted more than 150,000 signatures ahead of his U.K. tour, which was scheduled to start in February. Twitter users have used the hashtag #ChokingGirlsAroundTheWorld to share pictures apparently showing Blanc with his hand around the throats of women. In one recorded seminar, Blanc is seen approaching girls and forcing their heads towards his crotch. Another hashtag that has stirred up the Twitterverse is #takedownjulienblanc.

Blanc has apologized, telling CNN earlier this month that his intention was "a horrible attempt at humor" taken out of context.

Blanc has already had to cut short a recent tour of Australia because his visa was cancelled following protests there.

On its website, his company Real Social Dynamics calls itself "the world's largest dating coaching company," and promises customers the chance to "witness dating coaches attract beautiful women in live demonstrations." But critics say videos and pictures of Blanc in action show that he encourages men to harass women with the aim of having sex with them.

Blanc and Real Social Dynamics did not respond to requests for comment by ABC News.

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Obama, Kerry Hold Secret Talks Amid Iran Negotiations

Obama, Kerry Hold Secret Talks Amid Iran Negotiations

Alex Wong/Getty Images(VIENNA) -- Nuclear negotiations with Iran continue on Wednesday, but there is plenty of diplomacy and secret meetings going on elsewhere. In London, Secretary of State John Kerry held a secret meeting with Oman's foreign minister, who has emerged as a go-between with Iran. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., President Obama held an unannounced meeting with a Saudi prince. On Thursday, Kerry travels to Paris to meet his French and Saudi counterparts, who are nervous about a deal. The United Kingdom's top diplomat fears an agreement can't be reached by Monday's deadline. But most officials here are tight-lipped, which is often a sign of progress.

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Security Beefed Up in Israel Following Synagogue Attack

Security Beefed Up in Israel Following Synagogue Attack

Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Security has been beefed up in and around Jerusalem following Tuesday's brutal synagogue attack that left five Israelis dead, including three American Rabbis.  Extra police and border security forces have been deployed near large synagogues, schools, public institutions, squares and transportation centers.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reinstating the controversial policy of demolishing homes of Palestinians who carry out terrorist attacks. It's a policy Israel largely abandoned almost a decade ago over questions of its effectiveness as a deterrent and its legality. Nonetheless, on Tuesday night, Israeli forces destroyed the East Jerusalem home of the Palestinian who drove his car into a train stop on Oct. 22, killing two people, including an Israeli American baby girl.Officials say the homes of the two synagogue attackers, who also lived in East Jerusalem, will be demolished in the near future.

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US Scaling Back Number of Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia

US Scaling Back Number of Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia

Ruslan Olinchuk/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren confirmed on Wednesday that the United States is scaling back the number of planned Ebola treatment units in Liberia from 17 to 10.

That means that instead of setting up health facilities with 1,700 beds, there will actually be 650 beds.Currently, the U.S. military has 2,591 personnel for the Ebola mission -- 243 of them are in Senegal and the rest are in Liberia.  The U.S. is also going to reduce the number of beds in the six other facilities still under construction. Those units will now have only 50 beds each, instead of the 100 originally planned.The United States had gone into Liberia with plans to set up 17 100-bed Ebola treatment units. But once military personnel got the ball rolling, rainy weather and infrastructure problems significantly slowed down their construction.  Only one of the 100-bed units is currently open; another two will be open by this weekend. The 10th and final unit will be up and running by the first week of December.

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Guess Which Nation Is the Most Generous in the World

Guess Which Nation Is the Most Generous in the World

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States and Myanmar have tied for the title of the most generous country in the world, based on factors such as helping strangers, donating money and volunteering time.That's according to the 2014 World Giving Index, which looks at charitable behavior across the world, involving 135 countries over a five-year period (2009-2013). The index and rankings are compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, a nonprofit group that focuses on promoting philanthropy.This year, the United States is the only country to be ranked in the Top 10 for all three of the charitable giving behaviors covered by the World Giving Index: helping a stranger (1st), volunteering time (joint 5th) and donating money (9th). Myanmar’s position is driven primarily by an incredibly high proportion of people donating money (91 percent).The report attributes Myanmar's high level of giving as a reflection of "the strong Theravada Buddhist community within Myanmar, with its estimated 500,000 monks receiving support from lay devotees."Canada came in at number three, followed by Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago to round out the top 10."This year’s report shows that giving is more than just about wealth, with only five G20 countries represented in the World Giving Index Top 20 -- indeed, eleven G20 countries are even ranked outside of the WGI Top 50," according to the report.The least-charitable nation of the 135 surveyed? Ecuador.

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Iran Nuke Talks Continue in Vienna

Iran Nuke Talks Continue in Vienna

iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) -- Nuclear negotiations with Iran continued in Vienna Wednesday, with Monday's deadline looming. Officials have been tight-lipped about how the talks are going. The most telling sign of whether a deal is close might be the stamps in Secretary of State John Kerry's passport.Kerry was expected to join the talks in Vienna by now, but he's still holding in London. On Thursday, he'll make a last minute trip to Paris for a meeting with his French and Saudi counterparts, who are nervous about a deal.Kerry is not the only one staying away for now -- his counterpart from Russia is also waiting until a deal is close.Kerry's spokeswoman says the secretary is still planning to come to Vienna this week. His arrival may be the biggest sign a deal is possible.

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Queen Fears Ebola Push at Expense of Other Killer Diseases

Queen Fears Ebola Push at Expense of Other Killer Diseases

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth rarely voices her opinion on social issues, but she has publicly worried that all the attention being given to Ebola was at the expense of other killer diseases, like malaria.The queen reportedly made her comments Tuesday while speaking with David Heymann, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She told Heymann that her doctor informed her there were more people dying from malaria every week than are dying from Ebola, according to Press Association."She was afraid that malaria will have a comeback because of the fact people are not paying enough attention to it," Heymann later said.The professor described the queen as "very perceptive," but added this should not detract attention from Ebola."It's a very terrible disease," Heyman said, but what "the queen has done is call attention to other infectious diseases."The palace told ABC News the queen believes that while the response to the disease which has claimed more than 5,000 lives is essential and critical, it should not be to the detriment of fighting other deadly diseases. The queen was accompanied by Prince Philip on Tuesday making the remarks while visiting Chatham House to launch a new leadership academy and unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.Her concerns come on the heels of another royal whose made headlines about the disease recently. Prince William recorded an emotional and poignant video message saying, "I’ve been watching with great concern what’s been happening in West Africa due to Ebola."

In the video which was recorded at Kensington Palace, the prince said, "I wanted to take time to add my name to this video by Future View called Ebola is Real. It’s an educational piece that will keep you guys safe on how to treat and prevent the spread of Ebola."“Stay safe," the prince told people living in area hard hit by Ebola. "The world is thinking of you."

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Undocumented Immigrant Population Stagnated in Recent Years

Undocumented Immigrant Population Stagnated in Recent Years

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., estimated at 11.2 million, remained stagnant from 2009 to 2012 with some states seeing a rise in this population while others declined.According to the Pew Research Center, the peak of 12.2 million undocumented immigrants occurred in 2007 just as the Great Recession took hold.Pew estimates that undocumented immigrants made up 3.5 percent of the total U.S. population of 316 million in 2012 while representing just over a quarter of the 42.5 million residents who were born outside this country.Meanwhile, seven states, including Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, experienced a rise in undocumented immigrants between 2009 and 2012  The increases were predominantly due to an influx of Central Americans rather than Mexican immigrants.As for falling populations of undocumented immigrants, this phenomenon occurred in 14 states with 13 of them experiencing a drop in people from Mexico. Western states seeing declines were Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon.Mexicans account for 52 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., a figure that remained steady from 2009 to 2012.

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Netanyahu Vows ‘Heavy Hand’ After Synagogue Attack

Netanyahu Vows ‘Heavy Hand’ After Synagogue Attack

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would “reply harshly” after police said Palestinian assailants wielding knives and axes killed three Israeli-Americans and another man during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue.

A police officer who was critically injured later died of his wounds, pushing the death toll up to five.Police said they shot and killed the two alleged attackers at the scene.After the attack, Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the alleged attackers’ homes and arrested multiple members of each man’s family. He told reporters he would also demolish the homes of other Palestinians accused of recent attacks against Israeli citizens.“We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers,” said Netanyahu.Netanyahu earlier had denounced the attack as a "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers."Three American citizens were among the victims in the attack -- Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, formerly of Boston, Rabbi Kalman Levine, 55, and Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, Israeli officials said. The fourth dead victim, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, was a British national.The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it will lead the U.S. side of the investigation and was "working in close collaboration and cooperation with the appropriate Israeli allies and partners."“This is a tragedy for both nations -- Israel, as well as the United States -- and our hearts go out to the families, who obviously are undergoing enormous grief right now," President Obama said, denouncing the attack as "horrific" before a meeting with his national security team.The attack happened in Har Nof, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood with a population of 20,000 residents, at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, local time during morning prayers.Thirty worshipers were taking part in the morning services when the two alleged assailants broke in wielding knives before using a gun to shoot at worshipers, according to the Israeli government. Many of those taken to the hospital had suffered blows to the head with an ax. Pictures of the scene showed the floor of the synagogue covered in blood, according to an Israeli Foreign Ministry official.At least seven people were injured in the attack, Israel Police foreign press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The area near the synagogue was closed off, and the injured were transported to Jerusalem hospitals.Hours after the attack, funerals for the four victims drew thousands of mourners, Rosenfeld tweeted.

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Iran Nuke Talks Open with Potential to Change Everything

Iran Nuke Talks Open with Potential to Change Everything

iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) -- Few events in history are momentous enough to reshape the world order. If the U.S. and its partners are able to come to an agreement in Vienna with Iran to curtail its nuclear program, this week may be one of those times.

A deal has the potential to place the United States and Iran on the same side of the table, while testing America’s longstanding -- but already strained -- alliances with Israel, Saudi Arabia and countries in the Persian Gulf. It could also dangerously alter the power struggle in the region between Sunnis and Shiites.

That geopolitical landscape has already been muddied recently by other factors including the fight against terrorism, booming U.S. energy production, plummeting oil prices and frustration over Israeli settlement construction.That’s not to say the U.S. and Iran would become friends (or that it would shatter old alliances), but it could add to other areas of possible cooperation between Washington and Tehran like the fight against ISIS.WHAT’S IN A DEAL?That’s also not to say a deal is a sure thing. It certainly won’t be easy.Talks opened Tuesday and the deadline is next Monday, Nov. 24. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive later in the week to help close a deal.The broad contours of any agreement have been known for some time. In short, the U.S. and its allies want Iran to significantly and irreversibly roll back its nuclear program so that it cannot build a nuclear weapon. They also want that program placed under ironclad monitoring. Crippling sanctions would, in turn, be lifted.Yet big questions remain.Would Iran be allowed any enrichment for energy production? What happens to Iran’s nuclear facilities? What about its nuclear material stockpile? Which sanctions are lifted, when, and in what order? Who would monitor implementation?And just as important: can President Obama deliver on his end of the bargain?The prospects of a deal got a boost recently when Russia said it was willing to take much of Iran’s fissile material and return it in a form that can only be used in a nuclear power plant. That could solve the problems about the stockpile and enrichment.Russia not only stands to make money off such an arrangement, but it also guarantees the influence it has coveted in the Middle East, helping preserve Moscow’s seat at the table of world powers. But with Russia also suffering from depressed oil prices, could Moscow seek to delay a deal in Vienna to prevent Iranian oil, now under sanctions, from returning to the market?IS A DEAL LIKELY?Ultimately this may come down to whether two men -- Obama and Iran’s supreme leader -- are willing to trust each other.U.S. officials are cautious and won’t even say it’s likely. That’s perhaps to manage expectations, but also because it has been so hard to get this far and negotiations have already blown through a previous deadline.So far, there is no talk of another extension if talks fail this week. But the domestic political map is about to get more complicated both in the U.S. and Iran, so there may be a short window of opportunity.Those looking to read tea leaves note that Kerry isn’t in Vienna yet. Kerry had been scheduled to join talks at the start on Tuesday, but officials say his schedule is up in the air and he remains in London. He’s still expected to come to Vienna to seal a deal if things get close. If that’s the case, as with last year’s interim deal, Kerry’s arrival could signal that an agreement is at hand.WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES?These talks have been going on for a long time. It was in Vienna back in 2006 that the United States joined negotiations started by three European countries -- the United Kingdom, France and Germany -- and brought on board Russia and China, the other two countries wielding vetoes in the United Nations Security Council.Since then the negotiations have been sporadic and halting. A breakthrough interim deal last November paved the way for this week’s talks, but an initial deadline to reach a deal last summer came and went.The half-steps and delays, celebrated by supporters as tiny signs of progress, have only made opponents of the deal more wary -- and outspoken.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted the deal, Jewish lobbying groups, led by Aipac, have mobilized against it, and their powerful allies on Capitol Hill stand ready to block its implementation. They don’t trust Iran and fear it will cheat.While Obama could take some steps on his own, removing the toughest sanctions would require approval by Congress. The prospect of that happening became potentially more difficult with the Republican takeover of the Senate.

Yet even within the president’s own party he faces staunch opposition to anything but the strongest deal from lawmakers like Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who remains the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee until the new Congress is sworn in next January.Still, seeing as how it’s not about to get any easier for either side, now may be Obama’s best -- and last -- chance for a deal for a long time.

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Norway’s New Passport Contains Secret Design Feature

Norway’s New Passport Contains Secret Design Feature

Neue Studio(OSLO, Norway) -- There's more than meets the eye to Norway's newest passport.The winning design in a competition hosted by the country's national police force offers colorful changes both inside and out in an effort to stem fraudulent travel documents.Created by the Neue Design Studio, the outside of Norwegian passports will now appear in three colors: red for citizens, blue for diplomats and white for immigrants.But inside, there is a surprise treat: A spread bearing a pale-blue image of a Norwegian landscape will change from day to night when held beneath a UV light.The pages transform from a pale image of an open sky sandwiched between two hills to reveal a starry vista with swirling ribbons of color that emulate the Northern Lights, as well as previously invisible text at the bottom.

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