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Officials say Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

May. 20, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter. Iranian officials made a point to...

The Latest: Saudi says Yemen rebels launch new drone attack

May. 20, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (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): 6:20 a.m. Saudi Arabia says Yemen's Houthi rebels have launched a bomb-laden drone targeting civilian infrastructure in...

Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Assange's computers

May. 20, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With Julian Assange locked away in a London jail, a new battle has broken out over what may contain some of the WikiLeaks founder's biggest secrets: his computers. On Monday, judicial authorities from Ecuador carried out an inventory of all the belongings and digital devices left...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

May. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world...

Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could 'burn' Iraq

May. 20, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery. The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's heavily...

Sweden requests detention order for WikiLeaks' Assange

May. 20, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish authorities on Monday issued a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain, a Swedish prosecutor said. Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange "on probable cause suspected...

US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet

May. 20, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China is making a rare visit to Tibet to meet local officials and raise concerns about restrictions on Buddhist practices and the preservation of the Himalayan region's unique culture and language. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Terry Branstad is visiting the Tibetan...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itself

May. 20, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (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): 2:30 a.m. The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy...

Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

May. 19, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, warned...

US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan

May. 19, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday. The...