Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
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December 20, 2013 If confirmed, the Montana Democrat would succeed Ambassador Gary Locke. Baucus had already announced he would not seek re-election next year. An early departure gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a fellow Democrat, the chance to appoint another member of their party to serve out the term.
Negotiators at their round table in Geneva, where talks are being held about Iran's nuclear ambitions.
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November 8, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry is joining the talks in Geneva, boosting expectations about a preliminary agreement. A deal might include some sanctions relief for Iran in exchange for it agreeing to suspend efforts to enrich uranium.
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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani earlier this month.
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September 20, 2013 Ahead of next week's opening of the U.N.'s general assembly, where he and other leaders will address the world, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is continuing what some have called a charm offensive.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama when they sat down together in June at a G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
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August 7, 2013 The U.S. objects to Russia's granting of temporary asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden. Obama will still attend a summit of world leaders in St. Petersburg next month, but he will not have a separate summit with the Russian leader.
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