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Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Jul. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

Jul. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone...

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 18, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and...

Suspected Islamic State member brought to US for prosecution

Jul. 18, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it has brought home for prosecution a U.S. national suspected of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria. The Pentagon said the individual had previously been held by Syrian Democratic Forces as a suspected member of IS. Tens of...

Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process. Amazon Web Services Inc., a...

Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal

Jul. 18, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that negotiators have reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government's borrowing cap and set a $1.3 trillion overall level for the agency budgets that Congress passes each year. He told CNBC's "Squawk Box"...

AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles

Jul. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO ally Turkey is being kicked out of the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program over its decision to buy the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The White House said Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system "renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible" while the...

Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion

Jul. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's...

Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Jul. 17, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap. The emerging two-year framework would satisfy demands for an...