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Obama links climate action to national security...Iran: no access to military sites...Hostile Ukraine rhetoric

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 20, 2015 at 5:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is adding national security to his list of reasons why action is needed now on climate change. In excerpts of a commencement address prepared for delivery today at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, Obama says climate change threatens to aggravate poverty and political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says military sites and Iranian scientists will be off limits to international inspectors under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the remarks today to military commanders as negotiators from Iran and six world powers launched a new round of talks focused on reaching a final deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program by a June 30 deadline.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior Ukrainian security official says Russia has become an increased threat since annexing Crimea and increasing its military presence there. Oleksandr Turchynov (oh-lek-SAN'-dur tur-CHY'-nahv) also tells a Ukrainian news agency that Kiev is open to placing a ballistic missile-defense system in Ukraine to ward off the potential risk of attacks from Russia. The comments mark an intensification of hostile rhetoric between Russian and Ukraine.

BEIJING (AP) — Local officials say 98 residents have been found safe and 16 are missing after a nine-story residential building in southwest China collapsed following a landslide. The officials say cellphone signals of 15 of the missing have been traced to the site. The government said in a statement that heavy rainfall led to the collapse.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The parliament spokesman of Greece's governing party says priority will be given to salaries, pensions and the general running costs of the state rather than a scheduled loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund unless bailout funds are released. Greece's new government has been struggling for four months to agree on reforms that creditors require in return for the release of the remaining 7.2 billion euro ($8 billion) bailout program.

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