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Obama Says U.S. Commitment to Israel Security 'Ironclad',‎ Vows Pressure on Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to "keep up pressure" on Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and forcefully defended his call for an Israeli-Palestinian peace based on pre-1967 frontiers, suggesting critics had misrepresented him.

Outlining U.S. and U.N. sanctions imposed on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime, Obama said Iran is now "virtually cut off from large parts of the international financial system."

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Obama Says he'd Repeat bin Laden Raid if Necessary

U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday that he would order another covert military raid like that which killed Osama bin Laden if it was necessary to stop terrorist attacks.

Pakistan is furious that that United States sent Navy SEALs to raid bin Laden's Pakistan hideaway earlier this month without informing Pakistani authorities.

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Report: King Abdullah II Fears U.S. Will Ask him to Step Down

Jordan's King Abdullah II has reportedly expressed fear that the Obama administration would conspire against him and ask him to give up his powers if he doesn’t implement reforms.

Israeli daily Maariv has said that the king made the remark in a dialogue with Jewish organizations in Washington during his visit to the U.S. this week.

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Netanyahu 'Values' Obama Call for Peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he shared U.S. President Barack Obama's vision for peace in remarks appeared aimed at defusing a deepening row with the U.S. leader.

"I am partner to the president's desire to foster peace and I value his efforts in the past and the present to achieve this goal," said Netanyahu, reacting to Obama's speech to the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

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Obama on Mideast: 2 Leaders Stepped Aside, More May Follow, Repression Won't Work

U.S. President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state must be based on 1967 lines, likely setting up a new clash with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a long-awaited survey of the "Arab spring" of revolts, Obama compared "shouts of human dignity" across the region to America's birth pangs and civil rights struggles, and said the uprisings showed repression would not work.

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Feltman Arrives in Beirut for Talks with Lebanese Leaders

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beirut on Thursday for talks with President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati.

He may also meet with caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is currently abroad.

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U.S. Sanctions Assad, Tells Him to Lead Transition or Leave

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sanctioned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six top aides over their crackdown on popular protests, telling Assad to launch a transition to democracy or step down.

Obama signed the executive order to "increase pressure on the government of Syria to end its use of violence and begin transitioning to a democratic system that ensures the universal rights of the Syrian people," the document said.

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Feltman to Visit Lebanon on Eve of U.S. Initiative towards Region

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is expected to arrive in Beirut on Thursday on a one-day visit where he is set to hold talks with a number of high-ranking officials during the day, sources told Naharnet on Wednesday.

He is scheduled to later meet political officials over a dinner banquet at the U.S. Embassy.

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U.S., EU Warn Syria of Further Steps, France Says Security Council Close to Majority to Condemn Regime

The United States and the European Union warned Tuesday that they will within days take further punitive steps against Syria over its deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests, as France said the U.N. Security Council is close to achieving a majority for a resolution to condemn the repression.

The warning came as diplomats in Brussels told Agence France Presse that EU ambassadors were due to decide Tuesday whether to add President Bashar al-Assad's name to a list of Syrian officials targeted by a travel ban and assets freeze.

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U.S., Pakistan to Cooperate on High-Value Targets after Bin Laden Row

Pakistan and the United States sought Monday to smooth a damaging row caused by Osama bin Laden's killing, calling for closer cooperation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poised to visit.

Pakistan's civilian and military leaders were left angry and embarrassed over a unilateral U.S. raid on May 2 that discovered and killed al-Qaida's chief living, possibly for years, two hours' drive from the Pakistani capital.

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