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The Latest: Iran envoy to Japan seeks support over US crisis

Jun. 24, 2019 4:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 4 a.m. Iran's ambassador to Japan is seeking international support to ease Mideast tensions and demands Washington stop hostilities toward Tehran Morteza Rahmani Movahed said on Monday in Tokyo...

Report: US must communicate better with hostage families

Jun. 24, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling "hard truths" to loved ones about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government's position on ransom payments to captors, according to a new report. The report...

Yemeni rebels strike Saudi airport ahead of US-Saudi talks

Jun. 23, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One person was killed and seven others were wounded in an attack by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels on an airport in Saudi Arabia Sunday evening, the Saudi military said, as the U.S. secretary of state was on his way to the country for talks on Iran. Regional tensions have...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia reports deadly attack on airport

Jun. 23, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Saudi Arabia says one person has been killed and seven others wounded in an attack by Yemeni rebels on an airport in the kingdom's south. The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition at...

Sudan's protesters accept roadmap for civilian rule

Jun. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's protest movement accepted an Ethiopian roadmap for a civilian-led transitional government, a spokesman said on Sunday, after a months-long standoff with the country's military rulers — who did not immediately commit to the plan. Ethiopia has led diplomatic efforts to...

US economic plan for Mideast peace met by harsh criticism

Jun. 23, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the Trump administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid for Palestinians last year, the Parents Circle, a coexistence group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families, lost 30% of its budget overnight. So members were shocked Sunday to learn that the White House is now...

Lebanon slams Trump administration's Mideast peace plan

Jun. 23, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday that the country will not be "tempted" by money into giving up Palestinian rights, criticizing the Trump administration's $50 billion investment proposal that comes as part of its recently unveiled Middle East peace plan. Berri said in a...

White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

Jun. 22, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public...

The Latest: Trump says still considering military action

Jun. 22, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's still considering military action against Iran after it downed an unmanned U.S. military aircraft. Trump says such action is "always on the...

Egypt says it will participate in Trump's peace workshop

Jun. 22, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government said Saturday that it will take part in the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace conference in Bahrain, where the White House will reveal the economic portion of its plan for Mideast peace. The state-run news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez...