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As Iran nuclear talks near deadline, surprise deal is still possible
As Iran nuclear talks near deadline, surprise deal is still possible

Ending the dispute over Iran's nuclear program could ease the hostile relationship between Tehran and the West, resolve one of the world's most urgent security threats and provide a diplomatic triumph for President Obama. But as negotiators from Iran and six global powers gather in Vienna on Tuesday to begin an intense final week of talks before a Nov. 24 deadline, those prizes appear far off, if not out of reach. "We will have gaps to close," a senior administration official said Monday, speaking anonymously under State Department ground rules. "We still do not know if we will be able to do so." Obama has put the chances of success at 50% or less. Many...

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