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Live updates | Ukraine leader defiant on victory over Russia

May. 27, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnkyy spoke defiantly Friday in two speeches about his country’s ultimate victory over Russian forces in both the most pressing battle in eastern Ukraine and the war, generally. “Ukraine is a country that has destroyed the myth...

US: Turkey's NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed

May. 27, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday he’s confident Turkey’s objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO can be overcome swiftly, possibly in time for a summit of alliance leaders at the end of next month. At a news conference in Washington...

Palestinians say teen killed by Israeli fire in West Bank

May. 27, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed a teenager during an operation in a town near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. The ministry identified the slain teen Zaid Ghunaim, 15. It said he was wounded by Israeli gunfire in the neck and...

Iran seizes 2 Greek tankers in Persian Gulf as tensions rise

May. 27, 2022 14:43 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, officials said. The action appeared to be retaliation for Athens' assistance in the U.S. seizure of crude oil from an Iranian-flagged...

Fitch Ratings warns of elections' impact on Lebanese economy

May. 27, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading international credit ratings agency warned Friday that the results of this month’s parliamentary elections in Lebanon make it difficult for any coalition to have a governing majority, potentially complicating implementation of reforms. Shortly after the...

Building collapse death toll in southwest Iran rises to 26

May. 27, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams at the site of a 10-story collapsed building in southwestern Iran pulled seven more bodies from the rubble on Friday, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 26, Iranian state TV reported Friday. A tower at the Metropol Building that was...

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard says its navy has seized 2 Greek oil tankers in the Persian Gulf

May. 27, 2022 12:34 PM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard says its navy has seized 2 Greek oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.

US Navy says it's 'looking into' reports that Iran seized 2 Greek oil tankers after Tehran threatened 'punitive action'

May. 27, 2022 12:11 PM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US Navy says it's 'looking into' reports that Iran seized 2 Greek oil tankers after Tehran threatened 'punitive action.'

Steffen to miss US World Cup prep matches, Johnson added

May. 27, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Manchester City's Zack Steffen will miss the United States' four World Cup prep matches next month for what the team said was family reasons, and he was replaced on the roster Friday by D.C.'s Sean Johnson. The 27-year-old Steffen was considered the top American...

4 Albanian women, 9 children to be repatriated from Syria

May. 27, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Four Albanian women and nine children, all related to Albanians who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, are being repatriated from a Syrian camp, a Kurdish official from northeast Syria said Friday. Abdul-Karim Omar, an official who...