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story.lead_photo.caption In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 photo made available by Presidential Press Service on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a translation during an interview to Russian and foreign media at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, which will host Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 7, 2014. President Vladimir Putin once again has offered assurances to gays planning to attend the Sochi Olympics, but his arguments defending Russias ban on homosexual propaganda to minors show the vast gulf between how he understands the issues and how homosexuality is generally viewed in the West. In an interview with Russian and foreign television stations broadcast Sunday, Putin equated gays with pedophiles and spoke of the need for Russia to cleanse itself of homosexuality as part of efforts to increase the birth rate. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

WASHINGTON — Tensions rose Sunday about security preparations ahead of the Sochi Olympics, as several congressional leaders expressed concern about Russia’s willingness to share information about terrorist threats, while President Vladimir Putin asserted he would “do whatever it takes” to protect the thousands of visitors arriving soon for the games.

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Print Headline: Terror fears rise before Olympics

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