Rouhani Tempers Iran's Yearly Celebration

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_460a034b89.jpgAtta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images (TEHRAN, Iran ) -- It was a frenzied scene in Tehran on Tuesday as Iran marked the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979. Participants shouted their hatred for America, with the current six-month nuclear deal with world powers at the forefront of many people's minds. In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who addressed the crowd gathered in Azadi Square, took a different approach than his predecessors.

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US Intelligence Director Casts Doubt on Karzai

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_34863a0e72.jpgOffice of the Director of National Intelligence (WASHINGTON) -- Washington's continued annoyance with Afghan President Hamid Karzai spilled over into a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday as it now seems that the White House is throwing in the towel when it comes to dealing with the volatile leader. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, told lawmakers that he doubts that Karzai will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S.

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Hollande Honors American WWII Vets, Awards Legion D’Honneur at Tomb of Unknowns

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_1d7d72afc6.jpgT.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- It was a brief stop in French President Francois Hollande’s state visit to the United States, but a meaningful one. In a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Hollande presented the Legion D’Honneur to the Unknown Soldier from World War II, in recognition of the 16 million American service members who served in that global conflict.

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Administration Mulls Drone Strike Against US Citizen Overseas

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_84129f11db.jpgStocktrek Images/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House is in discussions on whether to carry out a drone strike against a U.S. citizen living overseas who officials believe poses a threat to national security. The U.S. won’t say who the individual is, other than he's an al Qaeda suspect, or reveal any potential plots that would necessitate putting this person on a kill list. He's reportedly well protected in Pakistan, a country that does not officially allow drone strikes.

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Talks to End Syrian Conflict Resume in Geneva

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_ff31c58eb2.jpgGoranMihajlovski/Thinkstock (GENEVA) -- Delegations from the Syrian government and opposition groups returned to the bargaining table in Geneva Monday to try and find a resolution to the three-year-long civil war. United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who is brokering the talks, says that the two sides will discuss forming a transitional government and ending the bloodshed that has cost an estimated 100,000-130,000 lives since March 2011.

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