Latest Middle East News

The Latest: Refugee team on verge of 1st Olympic medal

Jul. 25, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ An Iranian defector who competes in taekwondo is one victory away from winning the Refugee Olympic...

AP Interview: Premier: Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 25, 2021 02:35 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

2 Turkish soldiers killed in north Syria

Jul. 25, 2021 02:35 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry said early Sunday that two Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Syria. The ministry tweeted that a Turkish armored vehicle was attacked, killing the two and injured two other soldiers. The attack took...

Mexico beats Honduras 3-2, reaches Gold Cup semifinal

Jul. 25, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rogelio Funes Mori scored his third goal of the tournament in the 26th minute, and defending champion Mexico defeated Honduras 3-0 on Saturday night to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals. Funes Mori, who made his national team debut on...

Iranian refugee beats 2-time Olympic taekwondo gold medalist

Jul. 25, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones at the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 in the round of 16. Alizadeh, a bronze medalist in Rio de Janeiro, won twice for the Refugee Olympic Team on Sunday to...

Czech Republic tops Iran 84-78 in Olympic basketball opener

Jul. 24, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Patrik Auda scored 16 points, Blake Schilb added 14 and the Czech Republic wasted most of a 22-point lead before holding on to defeat Iran 84-78 in the first game of the Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Sunday. Jan Vesely added 11 for the...

Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of...

Lebanon signs deal to sell Iraqi fuel in move to ease crisis

Jul. 24, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon signed a deal Saturday to broker Iraqi fuel sales in hopes of alleviating a crippling financial and energy crisis in the small Mediterranean country, Lebanese and Iraqi media reported. The deal allows Beirut to resell 1 million tons of heavy fuel...

Iran state news: Bandits kill 4 troops near Pakistan border

Jul. 24, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Armed bandits killed four members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in fighting in a southern province, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday. The report said the clash between Guard members and the bandits happened Friday night in the...

China's Yang takes first gold at uneasy Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 24, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hardly half a day passed before politics, the pandemic and blistering heat impacted events across the Tokyo Olympics. China's Yang Qian, at least, stayed right on target. Yang overtook Anastasiia Galashina of Russia to win the first...