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The Latest: Iran's top diplomat warns of anarchy in Mideast

May. 24, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 4 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is being quoted as warning of anarchy in the Mideast if world powers do not unite to stop what he called...

Yemen's president in letter to UN chief criticizes his envoy

May. 24, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president has sent a letter to the U.N. chief criticizing his envoy to the war-torn Arab country over allegedly siding with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's letter to António Guterres was released late Thursday. In the letter, Hadi claims...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

Watch out: Protocol pitfalls abound as Trump heads abroad

May. 23, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was walking across the sun-splashed airport tarmac in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2017 when the Israeli leader playfully warned his political ally about the confusing protocol he was about to encounter on his first visit to Israel as...

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

May. 23, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington. Tensions have soared in the Mideast recently as the White House earlier this month sent an...

Supreme leader criticizes Iran's politicians amid US tension

May. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia's capital

May. 22, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people, including former Foreign Minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was an adviser to the current president. Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated...

Afghanistan envoy briefs skeptical lawmakers on peace talks

May. 22, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy to Afghanistan was met with skepticism Wednesday on Capitol Hill as he briefed lawmakers on peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war. Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the...

Key US official on Mideast peace addresses Security Council

May. 22, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace warned Wednesday that "nothing can be meaningfully fixed" until Gaza's Hamas rulers and Palestinian Islamic Jihad renounce their vows to destroy Israel and stop carrying out violent acts. In a wide-ranging...

Libya's Hifter tells Macron no cease-fire without negotiator

May. 22, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter said in a meeting on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron that he cannot work toward a cease-fire because he has no one with whom to negotiate. Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite commitments to...