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The case resulted in Mr. Bo’s dismissal in March and the conviction last month of Mr. Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, for poisoning Heywood, a former family associate with whom Gu had reportedly feuded about money.

Gu was given a suspended death sentence while Mr. Bo remains under investigation by the ruling party’s disciplinary branch for unspecified grave violations of discipline. Three leading Chongqing police officers and a Bo family aide also were sentenced as accomplices in the murder and subsequent cover-up.

ISRAEL

Israel tries to ease differences with U.S.

JERUSALEM — Israeli officials said Tuesday they are in close discussions with the United States over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program, seeking to ease tensions that have emerged between the two allies over a possible Israeli military strike against Iran.

The dialogue, in which Israel is looking for President Obama to take a tough public position against Iran, suggests the odds of an Israeli attack in the near term have been reduced.

Israel, convinced that Iran isn’t taking seriously U.S. vows to block it from acquiring nuclear weapons, believes that time to stop the Iranians is quickly running out.

A series of warnings by Israeli officials in recent weeks has raised concerns that Israel could soon stage a unilateral military strike.

In response, senior U.S. officials have stressed that they oppose any Israeli military action at the current time.

After tense exchanges with the Americans, Israeli political and defense officials said Tuesday that the sides are now working closely together in hopes of getting their positions in sync.

Clearer U.S. assurances on what pressure it is prepared to use against Iran, including possible military action, would reduce the need for Israel to act alone, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a security matter.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports