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US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

Iran FM not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved

Jul. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, but the diplomat said he remains hopeful that escalating tensions might somehow be resolved. In a wide-ranging discussion with...

Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Jul. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an...

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

Jul. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

Jul. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a "social media summit" of...

Nigerian police disperse anti-government protests by Shiites

Jul. 11, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse anti-government demonstrations by Shiite Muslims in the capital, Abuja, and the northwestern city of Kaduna. The protesters were demanding the release of Shiite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been jailed since 2015. The...

Turkey seeks 176 officers over links to US-based cleric

Jul. 9, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 176 serving military officers over suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016. Anadolu Agency says the warrants were issued Tuesday...

The Latest: Japan concerned over Iran's uranium enrichment

Jul. 8, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8 a.m. Japan is expressing serious concern over Iran's decision to increase uranium enrichment above the limit set by the 2015 nuclear agreement, urging Tehran to return to its earlier commitment. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

Jul. 7, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

Iran announced Sunday it will raise its enrichment of uranium, breaking another limit of its faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions between Tehran and the U.S. Iran made the decision a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal. Iran has...