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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Monday that his upcoming speech to the US Congress was a slight to President Barack Obama, and insisted the US-Israeli alliance remains strong. Netanyahu is due to address Congress on Tuesday to lobby against ongoing US efforts to reach a deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear program. "My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the office that he holds.
An online documentary on China's notorious smog has become a viral sensation with more than 155 million views just one day after it was released, state media said Monday. "Under the Dome", a documentary privately produced by Chai Jing, a former anchor with state broadcaster China Central Television, detailed causes of atmospheric pollution in the country. They included slack government supervision and lenient penalties for polluters. Chai, a former anchor with state broadcaster China Central Television, said the film was her "personal battle" against air pollution after her daughter was born with a benign tumour, the Global Times said.