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Netanyahu set to meet with Obama

– Israel’s prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting today with Obama. But with the clock ticking toward an April target date for a preliminary agreement, the Israeli leader could soon be forced to begin laying out a clearer vision for a future peace deal with the Palestinians.

Shortly before takeoff, Netanyahu vowed to “stand steadfast” on Israeli interests.

Nation

East Coast to get another storm

Tourists flocked to the monuments in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to enjoy 50-degree temperatures before yet another winter storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast.

In the latest blast of a harsh winter, forecasters said a layer of ice and 8 to 12 inches of snow was possible by the end of today in Washington and the Mid-Atlantic region. Washington-area federal offices will be closed today because of the storm.

Nearly a foot of snow was expected in parts of New Jersey.

World

Death toll at 90 in Nigeria violence

Twin car bombs at a bustling city marketplace in Maiduguri, Nigeria, blasted buildings to rubble and tore apart bodies the same night an attack on a farming village razed every thatched-roof hut.

At least 90 people were killed, officials and survivors reported Sunday, as Nigeria’s Islamic extremists step up attacks and criticism mounts of the failure of the military and government to suppress the 4-year-old Islamic uprising in the northeast.

Fifty-one bodies were retrieved by Sunday morning in Maiduguri, but many more are believed buried in rubble, said a Red Cross official. Some were burned beyond recognition in fires caused by the explosions.

In a village 40 miles away, suspected extremists also struck Saturday night, killing 39 people.

4 attackers killed; 5 at large in China

Authorities on Sunday blamed a slashing rampage that killed 29 people and wounded 143 at a train station in southern China on separatists from the country’s far west.

Police fatally shot four of the assailants – putting the overall death toll at 33 – and captured another after the attack late Saturday in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. But authorities were searching for at least five more of the black-clad attackers.

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