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Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia

Sep. 25, 2018 5:51 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian media outlet close to the country's hard-line Revolutionary Guard published a video Tuesday threatening the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with missile attacks, further raising regional tensions after a weekend militant attack on a military parade in...

Messy domestic politics overshadow Trump's address to UN

Sep. 25, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump charged into office on the resonance of his aggressive "America First" agenda, but now, as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy, he can't escape the growing shadows of domestic political troubles. Between promoting the wisdom of his rapprochement with...

Canada-France highlights Women's World Cup Day 3

Sep. 25, 2018 5:06 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — In a matchup of unbeaten teams, Canada and France will cap the third day of preliminary round play at the FIBA Women's World Cup on Tuesday. The winner of that game will secure first place in Group A and potentially avoid playing the U.S. until the gold medal game if...

UN rushes aid to hunger-stricken Yemeni district

Sep. 25, 2018 4:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations and individual donors are rushing food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves. Aid officials are searching for ways to ensure aid reaches those in need amid alarm that the country's hunger crisis is worsening...

Syria: Everyone else's battleground, in both war and peace

Sep. 25, 2018 3:45 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in...

Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture

Sep. 25, 2018 3:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international watchdog is accusing Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing "serious abuses" — including "taking hostages, torture and enforced disappearances" — against people they hold in detention. Human Rights Watch said Tuesday it documented "16 cases in...

World Bank report warns Gaza Strip economy is in 'free fall'

Sep. 25, 2018 3:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Gaza Strip's economy is in "free fall," a report from the World Bank warned Tuesday, calling for urgent action by Israel and the international community to avoid "immediate collapse." According to the report, Gaza's economy contracted by 6 percent in the first quarter of 2018. It said...

UN to caution against populism in high-level week

Sep. 25, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international cooperation...

Today in History

Sep. 25, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2018. There are 97 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. On this date: In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the...

EU, Iran set financial "vehicle" to ease trade between them

Sep. 24, 2018 11:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Five world powers and Iran agreed late Monday to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil, a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of...