Hold Off on More Iran Sanctions, Obama Tells Congress

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_b39717f63c.jpgMatt Trommer/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama made his first public statement on Thursday about recent talks to get Iran to scale back its nuclear ambitions. With the U.S. and it allies possibly getting closer to an agreement with Tehran, the president wants Congress to hold off on imposing any more economic sanctions that might undermine the delicate negotiations.

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Egypt Cozying Up to Russia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_8fafda83a6.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (CAIRO) -- The interim government in Egypt seems to be preparing for life after its strong alliance with the U.S. With the White House cutting back on some financial assistance to Egypt in the wake of President Mohamed Morsi's removal from power last July, Cairo invited a top Russian government official for talks Thursday on improving its military ties with Moscow as well as dealing with the ongoing Syrian conflict.

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Toronto Mayor Apologizes for Crude Oral Sex Comment

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_bd6794dd74.jpgCity of Toronto (TORONTO) -- Toronto's beleaguered mayor, who has surprised his city with almost daily revelations about crack use, drug purchases and drunken stupors shocked a live news conference Thursday with a crude comment about oral sex. Mayor Rob Ford apologized for the comment a short time later, and blamed the "pressure" of his ongoing scandal. Ford's latest stunner occurred as he denied allegations in police documents that he told a former staffer he wanted to engage in oral sex with her.

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Red Cross: Philippines Relief Fund Tops $11 Million

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_97fb97a890.jpgSean Gallup/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Red Cross has collected $11 million in donations and pledges to aid the relief effort in the Philippines, the organization told ABC News on Thursday. And it’s not done. The Red Cross has teamed with Facebook to make donating even easier. Log in, and you’ll see at the top of your Facebook news feed, “Donate now to emergency relief in the Philippines.”

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Problems Mount in Delivering Aid to Devastated Filipino City

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_922a7f2431.jpgKevin Frayer/Getty Images (TACLOBAN, Philippines) -- Compounding the myriad of problems in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines are difficulties in delivering aid to survivors in the port city of Tacloban even though there’s plenty of manpower and supplies on hand. Tacloban was probably the province hit hardest by Haiyan six days ago, with a huge death toll, thousands injured and scant food and drinking water.

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