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FILE - In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. in Tehran, Iran.  Twitter says on Friday, Jan. 22, it has permanently banned an account connected to the office of Iran’s supreme leader.   Other accounts thought to be tied to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office remained active.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Twitter bans suspect Iran account after post threatens Trump

Jan. 22, 2021 3:44 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Twitter said Friday it has permanently banned an account that some in Iran believe is linked to the office of the country’s supreme leader after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump. In the image posted by the suspect account late...

Syrian state media: Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early on Friday, killing a family of four — including two children — and wounding four other people. There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claim. Separately, the Israeli...

Political scientist accused of secretly working for Iran

Jan. 19, 2021 5:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts-based political scientist and author is accused of secretly working for the government of Iran while lobbying U.S. officials on issues like nuclear policy, federal authorities said Tuesday. Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi was arrested by FBI agents at his home in Watertown,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 file photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One upon arrival at Valley International Airport, in Harlingen, Texas. Iran on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of “terrorism,

Iran imposes symbolic sanctions on President Trump

Jan. 19, 2021 12:09 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of “terrorism," according to its foreign ministry website. Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that besides Trump, sanctions were...

US sanctions controversial deputy of Iraqi paramilitaries

Jan. 13, 2021 1:38 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an influential Iraqi militia leader and deputy of a powerful Iran-backed umbrella of mostly Shiite paramilitary groups, designating him a global terrorist figure. The move by the U.S. Treasury against Abdulaziz al-Mohammadawi, known as Abu...

Intense Israeli strikes in east Syria; region on high alert

Jan. 13, 2021 9:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early Wednesday, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring...

Lebanon files urgent complaint to UN against Israel flights

Jan. 12, 2021 11:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon will file an urgent complaint with the United Nations against Israel's daily violations of its airspace amid intensifying drone reconnaissance and mock raids around the country, the president's office said Tuesday. President Michel Aoun called for a condemnation of Israel's...

Daily low flying Israeli jets over Lebanon spreading jitters

Jan. 10, 2021 9:16 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli military jets carried out several low flying flights over Beirut as reconnaissance drones also buzzed overhead Sunday in what has become a daily occurrence. Israel regularly violates Lebanon airspace, often to carry out strikes in neighboring Syria. On Christmas Eve, Israeli jets...

Supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces hold a poster of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces and General Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's Quds force during a rally to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of Soleimanil and al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone strike in Basra, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

US sanctions prominent Iraqi politician over rights abuses

Jan. 8, 2021 3:08 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent Iraqi politician and security official, accusing him of serious human rights abuses. The Treasury said Falih al-Fayyadh stands accused of “directing and supervising the killing of peaceful Iraqi demonstrators” in...

Lebanon's Hezbollah blasts US democracy over Capitol riot

Jan. 8, 2021 2:53 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said on Friday the assault by President Donald Trump’s supporters on the U.S. Capitol this week shows the “reality of American democracy, which they tried to spread around the world.” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah...