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RONALD ZAK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the deadline for a deal fast approaching, diplomats are considering a range of options, including an extension to negotiations, in the P5+1 talks regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“Our focus remains on taking steps forward toward an agreement,” a western diplomat told ABC News. “But it is only natural that less than 48 hours from the deadline we are discussing a range of options. An extension is one of those options.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a cabinet meeting that “no agreement at all would be preferable to a bad agreement that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity.”

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RONALD ZAK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the deadline for a deal fast approaching, diplomats are considering a range of options, including an extension to negotiations, in the P5+1 talks regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“Our focus remains on taking steps forward toward an agreement,” a western diplomat told ABC News. “But it is only natural that less than 48 hours from the deadline we are discussing a range of options. An extension is one of those options.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a cabinet meeting that “no agreement at all would be preferable to a bad agreement that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity.”

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RONALD ZAK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the deadline for a deal fast approaching, diplomats are considering a range of options, including an extension to negotiations, in the P5+1 talks regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“Our focus remains on taking steps forward toward an agreement,” a western diplomat told ABC News. “But it is only natural that less than 48 hours from the deadline we are discussing a range of options. An extension is one of those options.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a cabinet meeting that “no agreement at all would be preferable to a bad agreement that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity.”

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Credit: Keith Binns/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A bilateral security agreement was approved on Sunday by the Afghan parliament, allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country after the end of the year.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai declined to sign the agreement, though the U.S. had hoped that new president Ashraf Ghani would agree to keep U.S. forces there. Ghani signed the agreement within 24 hours of taking office and the parliament approved on Sunday.

The agreement does state that U.S. forces “shall not conduct combat operations in Afghanistan,” however, unless both nations agree.

In recent months, the Afghan army has seen large numbers of casualties, perhaps signalling to Ghani that the nation needs foreign forces helping their military.

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Credit: Keith Binns/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A bilateral security agreement was approved on Sunday by the Afghan parliament, allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country after the end of the year.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai declined to sign the agreement, though the U.S. had hoped that new president Ashraf Ghani would agree to keep U.S. forces there. Ghani signed the agreement within 24 hours of taking office and the parliament approved on Sunday.

The agreement does state that U.S. forces “shall not conduct combat operations in Afghanistan,” however, unless both nations agree.

In recent months, the Afghan army has seen large numbers of casualties, perhaps signalling to Ghani that the nation needs foreign forces helping their military.

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Pitbull Productions, Inc./Greg Watermann(NEW YORK) — The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show’s executive producer said that if you don’t tune in as soon as the show starts, you’ll be missing something “huge” and “outrageous.”

“Trust me. Don’t come into the show at 8:10 p.m. Don’t do that. You better start at 8 p.m., ’cause I ain’t holdin’ nothin’ back. … It’s gonna open up with a huge ‘wow,'” AMA executive producer Larry Klein told ABC News. “And it’s gonna go for three hours and end with a big ‘wow.'”

With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, it’s no wonder that the show will be a huge production. Klein said the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances.

“The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock,” he said. “And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into one, three-hour, cohesive show. That’s a challenge.”

He added, “I think what we’re doing is just representing what pop culture is in today’s world. Listen to any radio station — I don’t care what the station is — the songs you hear on those radio stations you’ll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them.”

With all this talk of the performances, it’s hard to remember that trophies will be handed out, as well. But, as Klein said, that’s really not the main attraction and it never has been, as per instructions from the show’s creator, the late Dick Clark.

“We’re an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, ‘We’re an entertainment show. Entertainment first, awards second,'” he said. “Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch. It’s the world’s biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show. I always think of it as 18 little miniseries in a three-hour show.”

The show will be hosted by Pitbull, and Klein explained why he’s such a great host.

“He brings energy like you can’t imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don’t think he’s doing that for television,” Klein said. “I hang out with Pit a lot. He’s one of my best friends. We’re at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we’re driving in a car, he has that same energy. So, please, you gotta understand: What you see on stage — he’s like that 24/7!”

Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for “Fancy,” her smash collaboration with Iggy Azalea.

“I don’t do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever,” she told ABC News. “You know, of course, I’m very grateful but it’s just like … I’d rather be in the studio, I guess. But of course, I’m very thankful.”

Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show and admitted it’s pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time.

“But that’s when I remind myself what the song’s about. It’s about having a good time and it’s about spreading the love — and I gotta take my own advice!” she said.

Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year

Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s

5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year

Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock

John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock

Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock

Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock

Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country

Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country

Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B

Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

Favorite Album — Soul/R&B

Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock

Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary

Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist — Latin

Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational

Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

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Pitbull Productions, Inc./Greg Watermann(NEW YORK) — The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show’s executive producer said that if you don’t tune in as soon as the show starts, you’ll be missing something “huge” and “outrageous.”

“Trust me. Don’t come into the show at 8:10 p.m. Don’t do that. You better start at 8 p.m., ’cause I ain’t holdin’ nothin’ back. … It’s gonna open up with a huge ‘wow,'” AMA executive producer Larry Klein told ABC News. “And it’s gonna go for three hours and end with a big ‘wow.'”

With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, it’s no wonder that the show will be a huge production. Klein said the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances.

“The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock,” he said. “And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into one, three-hour, cohesive show. That’s a challenge.”

He added, “I think what we’re doing is just representing what pop culture is in today’s world. Listen to any radio station — I don’t care what the station is — the songs you hear on those radio stations you’ll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them.”

With all this talk of the performances, it’s hard to remember that trophies will be handed out, as well. But, as Klein said, that’s really not the main attraction and it never has been, as per instructions from the show’s creator, the late Dick Clark.

“We’re an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, ‘We’re an entertainment show. Entertainment first, awards second,'” he said. “Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch. It’s the world’s biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show. I always think of it as 18 little miniseries in a three-hour show.”

The show will be hosted by Pitbull, and Klein explained why he’s such a great host.

“He brings energy like you can’t imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don’t think he’s doing that for television,” Klein said. “I hang out with Pit a lot. He’s one of my best friends. We’re at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we’re driving in a car, he has that same energy. So, please, you gotta understand: What you see on stage — he’s like that 24/7!”

Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for “Fancy,” her smash collaboration with Iggy Azalea.

“I don’t do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever,” she told ABC News. “You know, of course, I’m very grateful but it’s just like … I’d rather be in the studio, I guess. But of course, I’m very thankful.”

Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show and admitted it’s pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time.

“But that’s when I remind myself what the song’s about. It’s about having a good time and it’s about spreading the love — and I gotta take my own advice!” she said.

Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year

Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s

5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year

Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock

John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock

Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock

Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock

Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country

Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country

Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B

Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

Favorite Album — Soul/R&B

Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock

Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary

Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist — Latin

Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational

Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama said just days before the deadline for negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that the gaps in the talks remain “significant” and that it was too soon to tell whether the parties could reach an agreement by Monday.

“The good news is that the interim deal that we entered into has definitely stopped Iran’s nuclear program from advancing. …. So it’s been successful,” Obama told This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview. “Now the question is, can we get to a more permanent deal? And the gaps are still significant.”

Obama said if an agreement is reached, he was confident he could convince a skeptical Congress of its strength in preventing Iran from creating a nuclear weapon, even as members of the incoming Republican majority insist they’ll impose additional sanctions on Iran if they don’t like the deal.

“I’m confident that if we reach a deal that is verifiable and ensures that Iran does not have breakout capacity, that not only can I persuade Congress, but I can persuade the American people that it’s the right thing to do,” Obama told Stephanopoulos Friday.

While skeptics of the negotiations say they agree with the administration’s goal for the talks — a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program — many disagree with the idea of allowing Iran to have any nuclear capability, even for what Tehran contends is a peaceful civilian program.

But Obama laid out a more targeted objective than simply eradicating Iran’s nuclear program completely.

“Our goal is to solve a particular problem here, which is making sure Iran doesn’t trigger a nuclear arms race, can’t threaten the United States, can’t threaten allies like Israel,” Obama said.

“What a deal would do is take a big piece of business off the table and perhaps begin a long process in which the relationship not just between Iran and us but the relationship between Iran and the world, and the region, begins to change,” he added.

The United States and the five other world powers involved in the talks in Vienna are still deadlocked with Iran over several key issues, including the scope of Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for civilian purposes, the length of the deal, and the way in which the current sanctions on Iran get phased out.

Iran wants all the sanctions rolled back immediately if a deal is reached, while the western negotiators say they should be phased out over time.

Obama said the position on sanctions was non-negotiable.

“I think Iran would love to see the sanctions end immediately, and then to still have some avenues that might not be completely closed, and we can’t do that,” he said.

The interview took place as negotiators remain camped out in Vienna. Secretary of State John Kerry met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday afternoon, and also tweeted that he spent the morning making phone calls to international partners, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CLEVELAND,Oh.) –

The Toronto Raptors smacked down the Cleveland Cavaliers as Louis Williams came in off the bench and paced the Raptors to a 110-93 victory, Saturday.

Williams put up 36 points, completing 9 of 19 from the field including three from beyond the arc.

“The thing was that [my teammates] saw that I had a hot hand and they kept coming to me,” Williams said. “Just created a spark off the bench.”

No shot had as much impact as the three he drained at the first half buzzer that gave Toronto a 56-54 lead.

From there it was all downhill for the Cavaliers according to LeBron James.

“[Williams] changed the game, when he came into the game,” James said. “We lost the tempo that we had.”

The Cavaliers began the season as the favorites to win it all. Hyped up as the new Big 3; which includes, James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers currently sit at 5-7.

“We’re a very fragile team right now, we were a fragile team from the beginning,” James said. “Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up.”

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee announced on Friday that the committee would hold a hearing regarding addressing domestic violence in professional sports.

Rockefeller, D-W. Va., said that the hearing will examine the current policies held by the four major sports leagues — the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League. The hearing is expected to focus on how those policies deter violence, promote awareness, provide due process and punish those who commit acts of domestic violence.

The hearing, to be held on the afternoon of Dec. 2, will also examine potential future policies.

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