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US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker three days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region. Iranian state media quoted...

US sanctions Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya

Jul. 16, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is hitting four top Myanmar generals, including the country's commander in chief and his deputy, with sanctions over the mass killings of Rohingya Muslims. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday that the four are responsible for "gross human rights...

Minnesota man, twice denied passport, is declared US citizen

Jul. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was twice denied has been declared a U.S. citizen. Attorneys say Mark Esqueda can now get a passport. Esqueda sued Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in May. In a settlement reached Friday, the State Department acknowledges...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

General: Early Afghanistan troop pullout would be mistake

Jul. 11, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a "strategic mistake," the Army general nominated to be Joint Chiefs chairman told senators Thursday. Mark Milley also said the United States should keep a "modest number" of forces in Iraq and Syria for now to maintain...

Bosnian Muslims mark 1995 massacre of thousands with burials

Jul. 11, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of mourners gathered Thursday to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II, as Serbian officials continued to dispute that genocide was committed in the eastern Bosnian enclave. Relatives...

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense standoff stemming from the U.K.'s role in seizing an Iranian supertanker a week earlier. The...

South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

Jul. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The government said Thursday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by...

US peace envoy to Afghanistan in Beijing for meeting

Jul. 11, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan is in Beijing for a previously scheduled meeting, an American Embassy spokesman said Thursday, as indications grew of a new momentum in efforts to end Afghanistan's 18-year war and push by China to boost its influence in the region. The spokesman gave no...

Correction: Today in History for Sunday, July 7

Jul. 10, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

In a Today in History for Sunday, July 7 that was sent in advance on July 1, The Associated Press erroneously attributed the Thought for Today to Margaret Fuller, American critic and social reformer (1810-1850), rather than to Thomas Fuller, English clergyman, historian and author (1608-1661). A corrected version...