January 29th, 2014
07:44 PM ET

Exclusive: Iran's Zarif says Obama remarks for 'domestic consumption'

By CNN Staff

President Barack Obama had some sharp language on Iran in his State of the Union address, but Tehran saw it mainly as tough talk for a domestic audience.

 
CNN's Jim Sciutto met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Iran to get his first-hand response to Obama's speech on Tuesday night in which the President said American diplomacy - backed by pressure - has "halted the progress of Iran's nuclear program."

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Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran
December 15th, 2013
05:52 PM ET

Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle was “an ominous sign” of instability and danger, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Kerry also weighed in on reports about former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago. The United States has not stopped efforts to get him released, Kerry told ABC's "This Week."

The secretary of state is on an overseas trip that's taken him to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Vietnam, and will carry him through Manila and Tacloban later this week.

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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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November 24th, 2013
11:25 AM ET

The Iran nuclear deal: full text

The following is the full text of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers:

Joint Plan of Action

Preamble

The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein. This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment program with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the program. This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. This comprehensive solution would involve a reciprocal, step-by step process, and would produce the comprehensive lifting of all UN Security Council sanctions, as well as multilateral and national sanctions related to Iranˈs nuclear program.

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White House national security official fired for tweeting insults
October 23rd, 2013
07:15 AM ET

White House national security official fired for tweeting insults

By CNN Staff

A White House national security official was fired after sending sometimes insulting messages on Twitter under a fake name, a senior administration official said.

The story about National Security Council Director of Nonproliferation Jofi Joseph was first reported by the Daily Beast.

Joseph was fired for messages sent on the account @natsecwonk, the administration official confirmed to CNN's Jake Tapper.

That account had been deleted Tuesday evening.

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Air Force bomber crashes in Montana
August 19th, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Air Force bomber crashes in Montana

An American B-1B bomber crashed in Montana on Monday during a routine training mission, the Air Force said in a statement.

The crew of four ejected and injuries were reported although further details were not available.

The cause of the accident involving the unit from the 28th Bomb Wing near the town of Broadus was under investigation.
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Verdict in Manning trial to be revealed Tuesday
July 29th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Verdict in Manning trial to be revealed Tuesday

By CNN Staff

After spending three years in custody, the man accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history will learn Tuesday whether he has been found guilty of aiding the enemy.

A verdict from the judge in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning will be announced at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the military district of Washington.

If found guilty on the aiding the enemy charge, Manning could be sentenced to life in prison. He has pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen lesser charges that carry a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars.

Whether Manning is a whistle-blower or a traitor who betrayed his country has been hotly debated.

Authorities have accused Manning of delivering three-quarters of million pages of classified documents and videos to the secret-sharing site WikiLeaks - which has never confirmed the soldier was the source of its information. The material covered numerous aspects of U.S. military strategy in Iraq, gave what some called a ground view of events in the Afghanistan war and revealed the inner workings of U.S. State Department diplomacy in leaked cables.

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July 19th, 2013
05:28 PM ET

Court renews secret U.S. surveillance program

By CNN Staff

A top-secret court has renewed the authority of U.S. national security officials to collect telephone data as part of a surveillance program that was exposed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it had decided to declassify and announce the program renewal, which occurs periodically but is never publicized.

Snowden leaked classified information about the program to media outlets last month and then fled the country. He has been charged with espionage.

His disclosure prompted outrage from civil libertarians, members of Congress and privacy groups concerned with the sweeping nature of the telephone surveillance and a companion effort that monitors e-mails.

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Jury selected in Fort Hood massacre trial
July 16th, 2013
01:50 PM ET

Jury selected in Fort Hood massacre trial

By CNN Staff

A military jury was finalized on Tuesday in the murder trial of Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

Three jurors were added to the court-martial panel to complete the selection phase, according to a military statement.

The court-martial panel is comprised of 13 senior Army officers, including nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels and one major.

Two members of the panel are women and the highest ranking officer is a female colonel and therefore leads the group, the statement said.

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Man arrested outside John Kerry's house
July 14th, 2013
10:23 PM ET

Man arrested outside John Kerry's house

By CNN Staff

A man who apparently aroused the suspicion of security personnel outside Secretary of State John Kerry's home in Boston was arrested on Sunday on an alcohol-related charge, and authorities later found a pellet gun in his car, a Kerry aide said.

Glen Johnson, a Kerry spokesman, said members of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service observed the man, who was not identified, taking a picture of a window at Kerry's house.

They requested help from Boston Police, who questioned the man and then arrested him on possession of an open container of alcohol. While searching his vehicle, they saw what turned out to be a pellet gun, Johnson said.

Kerry has mostly been in Boston for the past week after his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, 74, was hospitalized after suffering a seizure, according to doctors.

Kerry was visiting his wife at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Sunday.

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