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Russia fears missing Olympics over doping data tampering

Sep. 23, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency is giving Russia three weeks to explain possible signs of tampering with data from its doping laboratory, an accusation which Russian officials fear could lead to a ban from next year's Olympics. WADA heard about the possible tampering at its executive...

UN: Syria constitution committee set, will meet within weeks

Sep. 23, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A long-awaited Syrian constitutional committee is set to convene in the coming weeks, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Guterres told reporters at U.N. headquarters that the Syrian government and opposition finalized an agreement to create the 150-member committee....

Sudan activists say thousands protest in Darfur over economy

Sep. 23, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese activists say thousands of people are protesting dire economic conditions in the western province of Darfur. They're also protesting against chronic security issues and for removing all provincial governors. Monday's street demonstrations were reported by the Sudanese Professionals'...

At UN, Trump facing questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies

Sep. 23, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump began his three-day visit to the United Nations on Monday hoping to lean on strained alliances while fending off questions about whether he sought foreign help to damage a political rival. Trump's latest U.N. trip...

US official meets in Lebanon over anti-Hezbollah sanctions

Sep. 23, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior United States Treasury official was visiting Beirut on Monday, where he's explaining the motives behind recent U.S. sanctions targeting Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, Lebanon's central bank governor said. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary Marshall Billingslea met...

The Latest: Iran says Trump's sanctions closed door on talks

Sep. 23, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Iran's top diplomat says President Donald Trump "closed the door to negotiations" with the latest U.S. sanctions, which raised the status of Iran's central bank to a "global terrorist" institution. Foreign Minister...

Egypt: Lawyers say police arrested hundreds over protests

Sep. 23, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces rounded up hundreds of people following small but rare anti-government protests, rights lawyers said Monday, as authorities moved to take harsh preventive measures against more unrest. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several Egyptian cities including the...

Israel bans entry for most players on Gaza soccer team

Sep. 23, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has denied travel permits to most players on a Gazan soccer team which had hoped to cross through Israel and into the West Bank to play a local championship final against a rival Palestinian club. Khadamat Rafah is set to play Balata FC in the West Bank on Wednesday. But...

UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities

Sep. 23, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses, while Iran's president announced...

On record: Hurdler Kevin Young hoping mark stands at worlds

Sep. 23, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — For 27 years, 400-meter hurdler Kevin Young has followed a similar routine to celebrate his world record: Call some media outlets to drum up interest (usually, not many takers) and perform a few push-ups (just because). That's it. No popping of champagne. No special dinners. The American...