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IN HEADLINES TODAY: Obama to speak in Joplin; Russian presidential election

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 9:33 p.m. CST

Here are some of today's top stories in Missouri, the nation and around the world according to the Associated Press:

Missouri | Obama to deliver commencement address in Joplin

President Barack Obama will visit Joplin for the first time since May 2011, when a devastating tornado resulted in massive damage and more than 160 deaths. The White House announced Monday that Obama will speak at Joplin High School's May 21 commencement. He also will speak May 14 at Barnard College and May 23 at the Air Force Academy.

Nation | Baby who survived tornado for two days dies, is buried with family

A 15-month-old Indiana girl, Angel Babcock, who survived for two days after the tornado that hit several Midwestern states and killed her parents and two siblings, died Monday. Angel survived the tornado that struck her home in Indiana and swept her into the field. She had severe head damage and was carried to a hospital in Kentucky. Angel was buried with her mother and 2-year-old sister in one casket. Her father and 2-year-old brother were buried together in another.

World | Obama and Israel's Netanyahu talk unity, underline differences

Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today and discussed the conflicts between Israel and Iran, the nation which has been accused of developing a dangerous nuclear program. While Obama urged peaceful diplomacy between Israel and Iran, Netanyahu emphasized Israel is a sovereign country that has a right to self-defense. Although the two leaders take slightly different stands on the issue, Obama confirmed the strong ties between the two nations, saying: "The United States will always have Israel's back when it comes to Israel's security."

World | Russian riot police break up anti-Putin protest after election

The Russian riot police cracked down on about 20,000 protestors who gathered and occupied a Moscow square to express their anger over numerous reports of violations in Sunday's voting, which granted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin six years in power as president. The police responded quickly to the demonstration and detained about 250 people.

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