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President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss international talks on Iran's nuclear program. In a statement, the White House said, "The President provided the Prime Minister with an update on negotiations in Geneva and underscored his strong commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which is the aim of the ongoing negotiations. The President and Prime Minister agreed to continue to stay in touch on this issue." Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has never been shy about voicing his opinion, often unflattering , about world leaders, cities, journalists or even animals. So what, then, might people expect Mr. Bloomberg to say once Bill de Blasio - whose primary bid he had once referred to as "racist" - takes the helm as mayor?Nada. Or so he vowed on his Friday morning radio show, when he was asked about the transfer of power to Mr. de Blasio, which will take place on Jan. 1, saying "I will not criticize" Health law politics are triggering a new wave of political posturing among lawmakers who are attempting to position themselves for the upcoming election season. Ten Republican senators have called on President Obama to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its troubled website. Dozens of House Republicans have also pushed for Sebelius' dismissal. Kathleen Sebelius' appearance before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday failed to convince GOP lawmakers she's capable of overseeing the rest of the health reform law's implementation, according to Kaiser Health News. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats have agreed in coalition talks to put a moratorium on fracking for shale gas, leading members of the two parties said. Shale gas fracking has so far been banned in Germany and the stance of the potential new government reinforces prospects that unconventional gas exploration will not be pursued in the country.

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