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International aid efforts accelerated in flood-hit Myanmar on Wednesday as the death toll from the deluges rose to 69 and authorities evacuated people from new downstream areas threatened by run-off water. Heavy seasonal downpours have lashed much of South and Southeast Asia recently, rainfall that intensified last week as Cyclone Komen tore across the Bay of Bengal. Tens of thousands of people remain stranded in Myanmar's rugged and mountainous western border regions after flash floods and landslides swept away homes, roads and bridges after weeks of relentless rains.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spearheads the latest push to garner support for the Iran nuclear deal with a speech at American University while administration officials work to persuade skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill.