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Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival

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Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises.

The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.

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Diplomats: Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Through June

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Western diplomats said nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be extended through June.

The diplomats spoke in Vienna on the final day of the group's self-imposed, year-long period to agree on a comprehensive deal to ensure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.

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North Korea Threatens Retaliation Over UN Rights Resolution

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North Korea has issued a strongly worded statement warning of catastrophic consequences for the United States and other countries that supported the recent U.N. resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights record. North Korea’s threat to retaliate could signal that it intends to soon conduct a new nuclear test.

The rare official announcement released by North Korea’s National Defense Commission reads more like a tirade. It refers to U.S. allies like South Korea as “riffraffs” -- a term that means worthless. It calls North Korean defectors “human rubbish.” And it says the United States and its “follower forces,” meaning South Korea and Japan, will be “unable to escape the heavy blow of merciless punishment.”

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Russia to Lose Billions Over Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices

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Russia's finance minister says Russia is on a course to lose more than $100 billion due to Western sanctions and falling oil prices.

Anton Siluanov said Monday at an economic forum in Moscow that Russia could lose as much as $40 billion per year because of Western sanctions. 

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Obama's Immigration Moves Debated on TV Talk Shows

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U.S. President Barack Obama has dismissed criticism of his executive order changing how the country deals with some undocumented immigrants, urging Republican lawmakers to pass a bill if they are not satisfied with his unilateral action.

Opponents of the president's actions joined Obama in taking to the Sunday-morning television talk shows to make their respective cases.

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US Transfers Saudi Prisoner From Guantanamo Bay Prison

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The United States has released another inmate from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, who was transferred to Saudi Arabia, spent 12 years at the prison for allegedly fighting for al-Qaida.

The Pentagon said the Saudi inmate was approved for release last month after military, justice and homeland security officials determined he was no longer a threat to the United States.

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