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Russian air defense missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, on display at a 2013 air show near Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
Russian air defense missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, on display at a 2013 air show near Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
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Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran – US objects

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Monday opened the way for Russia's delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, a move that would significantly bolster the Islamic republic's military capability.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, with other officials  at a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran Thursday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, with other officials at a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran Thursday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iran aims high ahead of push for final nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran is staking out a tough bargaining stance for the final phase of nuclear negotiations, with both its supreme leader and its moderate president saying Thursday that any deal must include an immediate lifting of withering sanctions.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a news briefing at the Saadabad palace in Tehran April 3.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a news briefing at the Saadabad palace in Tehran April 3. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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Iran nuclear framework may sideline hard-liners there

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- As Iran's nuclear negotiators returned home with the framework of a deal with world powers, joyous revelers joked that "still, there is no whiskey" in the Islamic Republic, a jab at its theocratic government. But hard-liners here aren't laughing.

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House
President Barack Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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President Obama defends Iran deal as ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is defending a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term security to the Middle East, insisting the U.S. will stand in defense of Israel.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. and even a U.S. or Israeli military intervention.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. and even a U.S. or Israeli military intervention.
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Iran confronts US at nuke talks over GOP letter

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says Iranian negotiators confronted their American counterparts about a letter from Senate Republicans warning that any nuclear agreement could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office.

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Secretary of State John Kerry, left, during a news conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on Saturday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Secretary of State John Kerry, left, during a news conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on Saturday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Obama on Iran – US will `walk away’ if there’s no good nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States would "walk away" from nuclear talks with Iran if there's no acceptable deal.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker  John Boehner of Ohio to make a statement on Capitol Hill in 2011.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio to make a statement on Capitol Hill in 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for a joint news conference in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for a joint news conference in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Obama, Cameron warn against new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama came out swinging Friday against congressional attempts to slap fresh sanctions on Iran, warning such a move would likely destroy nuclear talks and increase prospects for a military showdown. Vowing to veto any sanctions that reach his desk, Obama pleaded, "Just hold your fire."

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BNP Paribas general counsel Georges Dirani, accompanied by attorney Karen Patton Seymour, leaves New York state Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, June 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
BNP Paribas general counsel Georges Dirani, accompanied by attorney Karen Patton Seymour, leaves New York state Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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French bank BNP guilty of US sanctions violations

WASHINGTON (AP) -- France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, has agreed to pay nearly $9 billion to resolve criminal allegations that it processed transactions for clients in Sudan and other blacklisted countries in violation of U.S. trade sanctions, the Justice Department announced Monday. The bank pleaded guilty to state charges in New York and plans another guilty plea in federal court next month.

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European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton waits for the start of closed-door nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton waits for the start of closed-door nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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Huge US-Iran Gap on Nukes as Target Date Nears

VIENNA (AP) -- Any thaw in relations between Iran and the United States under the pressure of Iraq's turmoil is unlikely to hasten progress in difficult negotiations seeking limits on Tehran's nuclear program.

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