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Outgoing Iran president says government not always truthful

Aug. 01, 2021 04:45 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's outgoing president on Sunday acknowledged his nation at times “did not tell part of the truth” to its people during his eight-year tenure, as he prepares to leave office with his signature nuclear deal with world powers in tatters and tensions...

US takes ownership of ship suspected in N. Korea oil scheme

Jul. 30, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tanker ship allegedly used in an illegal scheme to smuggle oil to North Korea has a brand-new owner: the U.S. government. A federal judge in New York City issued a judgment of forfeiture Friday authorizing the U.S. to take ownership of the 2,734-ton...

UN extends CAR arms embargo despite China appeal to lift it

Jul. 29, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the arms embargo against the Central African Republic for a year on Thursday despite an appeal from China to lift it, saying the government hasn’t met U.N. benchmarks including ensuring the protection and control of all weapons. ...

US urges UN Council to press Myanmar to return to democracy

Jul. 29, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to press Myanmar’s military to stop violence and restore democracy, warning that with COVID-19 surging and hunger increasing, “the longer we delay, the more people die.” ...

Iran's supreme leader criticizes US as nuclear talks stalled

Jul. 28, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. "stubborn" in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling more trouble ahead for the negotiations. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

US sanctions hit Syria prisons, abusers including opposition

Jul. 28, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday its first sanctions on Syria, targeting prison facilities and officials who run them, as well as armed groups, focusing on human rights abuses. The sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury are part of...

US diplomat worried about pandemic, food supply in N Korea

Jul. 23, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America’s No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program. North Korean leader...

US imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights abuses

Jul. 22, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government special brigade that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month. The...

Iran bypasses Hormuz Strait to export crude oil

Jul. 22, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran Thursday began exporting crude oil for the first time in the Gulf of Oman, bypassing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. During a ceremony marking the inauguration of the project, President Hassan Rouhani called the plan “strategic.” ...

Cuba government rallies backers following big protests

Jul. 17, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials rallied tens of thousands of supporters in the streets on Saturday — nearly a week after they were stunned by the most widespread protests in decades. President Miguel Díaz-Canel— accompanied by 90-year-old former President Raul Castro...