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Iran, Russia move to link banks to evade Western sanctions

Jan. 31, 2023 14:34 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and Russia have taken a key step toward linking their banking systems in a move that further boosts their cooperation in the face of Western sanctions, an Iranian official said. At a signing ceremony on Sunday, Mohsen Karami, the deputy...

Amid standoff in Beirut blast probe, US national released

Jan. 26, 2023 13:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Scores of protesters Thursday scuffled with riot police in Beirut as they tried to break into the offices of Lebanon’s judiciary, after the country’s chief prosecutor filed charges against the judge investigating the massive 2020 port explosion and ordered the release of all...

US and Canada not interested in sending armed force to Haiti

Jan. 24, 2023 19:06 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Canada -- the two countries most often mentioned as possible leaders of an international armed force to help Haiti combat gangs – showed no interest Tuesday in deploying security personnel despite renewed appeals from the United Nations and Haiti for...

US: Ex-FBI counterintelligence agent aided Russian oligarch

Jan. 23, 2023 17:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official who investigated Russian oligarchs has been indicted on charges he secretly worked for one, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The official was also charged, in a separate indictment, with taking cash from a former foreign...

EU widens Iran sanctions list in response to crackdown

Jan. 23, 2023 11:43 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on dozens of Iranian officials and organizations, including a government minister, regional governors and lawmakers, suspected in the security crackdown on protestors, but did not add Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to its terror group...

Today in History: JAN 22, Supreme Court gives abortion right

Jan. 22, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2023. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to...

Treasury to designate Wagner transnational criminal group

Jan. 20, 2023 15:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department will impose additional sanctions on the Russian private military company, the Wagner Group, that has been aiding Russia's military in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby announced...

Report: Myanmar arms industry growing after army takeover

Jan. 16, 2023 04:22 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Companies from at least 13 countries have helped Myanmar build up its capacity to produce weapons that are being used to commit atrocities following a 2021 military takeover, independent international experts have found. The report released Monday by the Special...

US envoy says Russian Wagner Group's activities intolerable

Jan. 12, 2023 15:58 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy expressed strong concern Thursday about the activities of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group and its alleged attempts to recruit soldiers in Serbia and elsewhere in the world. U.S. State Department Counselor Derek...

The AP Interview: Korean leader cites North's serious threat

Jan. 11, 2023 04:11 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's spike in missile tests, growing nuclear ambitions and other provocative acts pose a “serious threat” that could lead to a dangerous miscalculation and spark a wider conflict, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday. Speaking...