December 8th, 2013
02:16 PM ET

Lawmakers concerned over Iranian enrichment, split on more sanctions

CNN's Dana Davidsen

After President Barack Obama said he would accept a peaceful nuclear program from Iran, including modest uranium enrichment, U.S. congressmen on the Homeland Security and Intelligence committees agreed Sunday that the concession complicates further negotiations.

"We can envision a comprehensive agreement that involves extraordinary constraints and verification mechanisms and intrusive inspections but permits Iran to have a peaceful nuclear program," Obama said Saturday at the Brookings Institution's Saban Forum in Washington.

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Filed under: Iran • Rep. Mike McCaul • Sanctions
December 8th, 2013
12:07 PM ET

Homeland Security chairman: Threat of terrorism spreading like 'wildfire' overseas

CNN's Dana Davidsen

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the threat of terrorism overseas is "getting worse, not better."

"I personally see it spreading like a spiderweb, like a wildfire, through Northern Africa and the Middle East," Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

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Hagel: Afghan minister says security pact to be signed in 'timely manner'
December 8th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Hagel: Afghan minister says security pact to be signed in 'timely manner'

By CNN Staff

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says his Afghan counterpart assured him that an important security pact will be reached with Kabul in a "timely manner," despite a failure so far to forge a deal.

Hagel made the remark during a visit to Afghanistan on Saturday. What is known as the bilateral security agreement - ready to be implemented but still unsigned - initially has been front and center in Hagel's visit.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Hagel • Karzai • Military
After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace
December 8th, 2013
12:23 AM ET

After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace

By CNN Political Unit

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made explicit the administration's renewed attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Palestine Saturday as the United States begins to assume a more muscular role in talks.

At the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Middle East issues and U.S.-Israeli relations, Obama and Kerry each spoke about a budding interim deal that would work towards a two-state solution.

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Filed under: Israel • Obama • Palestine • Sec. State John Kerry