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In this photo released Tuesday, July 28, 2020, by Sepahnews, a Revolutionary Guard's speed boat fires a missile during a military exercise. Iranian commandos also fast-roped down from a helicopter onto a replica of an aircraft carrier in the exercise called

UN soundly defeats US demand to extend arms embargo on Iran

Aug. 14, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, with the Trump administration getting support from only the Dominican Republic but vowing further action to prevent Tehran's sale and export of...

US says the UN Security Council has rejected an American resolution to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran indefinitely

Aug. 14, 2020 6:24 PM EDT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — US says the UN Security Council has rejected an American resolution to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran indefinitely.

Israel hits Gaza militant sites after incendiary balloons

Aug. 14, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft and tanks hit several militant sites in the Gaza Strip late Friday, responding to explosive-laden incendiary balloons launched across the frontier into Israeli territory. Palestinian medics said a woman and a 3-year-old girl were slightly injured by shrapnel...

Cleric extradited from Jamaica to NYC on terrorism charges

Aug. 14, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A radical Islamic cleric has been extradited to New York City on charges he recruited followers and fighters for the Islamic State through fiery online lectures and militant propaganda, prosecutors said Friday. Abdullah al-Faisal, who had been behind bars in Jamaica, pleaded not guilty in...

FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

Aug. 14, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. So for many Lebanese, their...

Two men sit on the destroyed balcony of a building facing the site of last week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UN launches $565 million appeal for Beirut victims

Aug. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations launched a $565 million appeal Friday to help Lebanese people affected by the explosion at Beirut’s port with immediate humanitarian assistance and initial recovery efforts. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the money wll enable the U.N.'s humanitarian...

Rescue teams search for missing people at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Iran FM says West using Beirut blast to dictate policies

Aug. 14, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran's top diplomat on Friday accused Western countries of taking advantage of Beirut’s massive explosion last week that killed and injured thousands to dictate their own policies on Lebanon. The comments by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came during a visit to...

This photo provided Friday Aug.14, 2020 by the French Defense Ministry shows the French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, center, escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (French Defense Ministry via AP)

EU urges Turkey to 'deescalate' energy dispute with Greece

Aug. 14, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed “full solidarity” with Greece and Cyprus and urged a “immediate deescalation” by Turkey after EU foreign ministers held urgent talks Friday on high military tensions over offshore drilling rights in the...

Two kittens that were hiding among debris of a damaged building near the site of last week's massive explosion sit in a cage after being rescued by members of Animals Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The volunteers say they have happily reunited dozens of pets with their owners. But many others remain in the group's shelter, waiting for their owners to pick them up or locate them. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Volunteers rescue pets, search for lost ones in Beirut blast

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When the massive explosion tore through Beirut last week, it did not only kill and injure thousands of people and destroy a large part of the city — it also left scores of animals trapped or lost in the rubble of the Lebanese capital. Animals Lebanon, a Beirut-based group, said it...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, empty seats during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park stadium in NewCastle, England. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has withdrawn its bid to buy English Premier League club Newcastle after the process was stalled by concerns about piracy by the kingdom and human rights complaints. The league has spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound takeover that would have seen Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund gain an 80% take in the northeast club.  (Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via AP, File)

EPL breaks silence on reasons for stalled Newcastle takeover

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The consortium which withdrew its bid to buy English club Newcastle declined an offer of independent arbitration into the long-running case after a request for additional information from the Premier League, according to the head of the competition. Premier League chief executive Richard...