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Holding court in Davos, Trump distracted by impeachment

Jan. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump held court in the snow-capped Alps for two days, showcasing the American economy to world leaders and global elites. But he kept one eye firmly fixed on the impeachment drama back home. As he hobnobbed with the bold-faced names at the annual World Economic...

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, WEF, gestures during a press conference, in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The World Economic Forum unveiled the program for its 50th Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, including the key participants, themes and goals. The overarching theme of the Meeting, which will take place from 21 to 24 January, is

Davos forum: Trump to attend, but Iranian official cancels

Jan. 14, 2020 9:59 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has cancelled an expected appearance at next week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, organizers said Tuesday, citing the “backdrop of uncertainty” in the Middle East. The move averts a possible crossing-of-paths with top U.S. officials,...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, this photo provided by the U.S. Army, paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division walk as they prepare equipment and load aircraft bound for the U.S. Central Command area of operations from Fort Bragg, N.C. A push led by pro-Iran factions to oust U.S. troops from Iraq is gaining momentum, bolstered by a Parliament vote in favor of a bill calling on the the government to remove them. But the path forward is unclear. (Spc. Hubert Delany III/U.S. Army via AP, File)

Push to oust US troops from Iraq a risky undertaking

Jan. 6, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A push led by pro-Iran factions to oust U.S. troops from Iraq following the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general is gaining momentum, bolstered by a Parliament vote calling on the government to remove them. But the path forward is unclear, and in Iraq's deeply divided terrain,...

Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Iran has vowed

Rockets fired after day of mourning for slain Iranian leader

Jan. 4, 2020 7:19 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands took to the streets of Baghdad for the funeral procession of Iran's top general Saturday after he was killed in a U.S. airstrike, as the region braced for the Islamic Republic to fulfill its vows of revenge. The day of mourning in the Iraqi capital ended Saturday evening with a...

President Donald Trump speaks during an

Trump: Aim of killing Iranian general was to 'stop a war'

Jan. 4, 2020 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he ordered the killing of a top Iranian general “to stop a war,” not start one, but in the tense aftermath the Pentagon braced for retaliation by sending more troops to the Middle East. Democrats complained that Trump hadn't consulted...

A boy carries a portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in the U.S. airstrike in Iraq, prior to the Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, Friday Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed

Iran vows revenge for US attack that killed powerful general

Jan. 3, 2020 10:07 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran promised to seek revenge for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed the mastermind of its interventions across the Middle East, and the U.S. said Friday that it was sending thousands more troops to the region as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. The...

The Latest: UN chief urges 'maximum restraint' in the Gulf

Jan. 3, 2020 11:36 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.N. secretary-general has urged leaders to “exercise maximum restraint" following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top military commander. Antonio Guterres stressed that...

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, right, listen as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

US strikes hit Iraqi militia blamed in contractor's death

Dec. 30, 2019 2:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia blamed for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strikes send the message that the U.S. will...

A protester walks past a poster with a defaced picture of the governor of the southern Basra province Asaad al-Eidani and Arabic that reads

Iran-backed groups accuse Iraqi president of caving to US

Dec. 27, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-supported groups on Friday blasted Iraq's president for not naming their preferred prime minister candidate, saying his decision was at the behest of the United States, and warned him not to designate anyone who could be “an agent of the Americans.” In refusing to appoint...

A protester hits a poster with a defaced picture of Asaad al-Eidani, Iran-backed parliamentary bloc's nominee for the post of the prime minister and Arabic that reads

Iraq president offers to quit after rejecting PM nominee

Dec. 26, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc and offered to resign, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. President Barham Salih said...