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Paris says Iran has detained 2nd French researcher

Oct. 16, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Iran has been holding a second French researcher in custody for months, France's foreign ministry said Wednesday, denouncing the detention as "unacceptable" and demanding his release. The confirmation that Roland Marchal is being held in Iran — as well as his fellow-academic Fariba...

Pakistan says Saudis, Iran willing to pursue diplomacy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Iran and Saudi Arabia have indicated a willingness to pursue diplomacy to end their disputes after Pakistan's prime minister traveled to both countries to try and ease tensions. Tensions between the rival Middle Eastern countries escalated following last...

AP Analysis: Gulf Arab states worry after US Syria pullout

Oct. 16, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For decades considered a U.S. national security priority, the Persian Gulf remains home to tens of thousands of American troops spread across sprawling bases protecting crucial routes for global energy supplies. But while U.S.-Iran tensions in the Gulf appeared close to...

Report: Brother of Iran's president begins prison term

Oct. 16, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rouhani's brother has begun serving a five-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Tasnim said Wednesday that authorities had transferred Hossein Fereidoun to Tehran's Evin prison. Earlier in October, Iran's...

US charges Turkish bank with evading sanctions against Iran

Oct. 16, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States criminally charged a major Turkish bank with helping to evade sanctions against Iran, potentially raising diplomatic tensions as the U.S. tries to contain Turkey's military offensive in Syria. The charges against Halkbank, a state-owned bank, were announced Tuesday, years...

Afghan refugee's 'Dream' coffee shop in Iran becomes reality

Oct. 16, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With each serving of French press coffee poured delicately into a cup with steamed milk, 21-year-old Afghan refugee Fatemeh Jafari lives out a dream in her basement coffee shop in Tehran that is out of reach for millions like her in Iran. More than 3 million Afghans, including as many...

Turkish bank charged with evading US sanctions on Iran

Oct. 15, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A major Turkish bank was criminally charged in an indictment Tuesday with participating in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. The charges against Halkbank, a state-owned bank, were announced years after a wealthy gold trader was arrested in Florida. Before...

The Latest: House to vote on bipartisan Syria resolution

Oct. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the Turkish invasion of Syria (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House plans to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Donald Trump's withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria. The measure underscores an overwhelming...

Trump's sanctions won't bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

Oct. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in Syria fall well short of doing serious damage to an economy still healing from a recession and currency collapse. President Donald Trump could take far tougher action that would deter foreign...

Russia's Putin seeks to enhance ties to US-allied UAE

Oct. 15, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, as part of a Mideast tour aimed at strengthening ties between Moscow and this longtime U.S. ally amid tensions in the wider Persian Gulf. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al...