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'Roma,' 'Cold War' among foreign-language Oscar nominees

Jan. 22, 2019 2:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Five movies about individuals and families confronting social and historical tumult are competing in the Academy Awards' race for best foreign-language film. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical masterpiece "Roma" and Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski's 20th-century romance...

US: Upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Tuesday an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran. U.S. deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that the conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14 sponsored by the United...

6 remain missing after Black Sea ship fire

Jan. 22, 2019 2:09 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ambulance crews on the Crimean Peninsula transported a dozen survivors of a ship fire to hospitals on Tuesday while six of their crewmates have remained missing in the Black Sea. At least 14 sailors died in the tragedy. Two Tanzanian-flagged tankers caught fire Monday while liquefied...

Iran denounces German ban on its Mahan Air

Jan. 22, 2019 2:08 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry has denounced as "hasty and incorrect" a German ban on Iran's Mahan Air from landing in the country. The official IRNA news agency Tuesday quoted Bahram Ghasemi, ministry spokesman, as saying the ban on the airline was in defiance of "mutual relations" between...

Iran summons Swiss envoy over detention of US-born TV anchor

Jan. 22, 2019 1:48 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss envoy in Tehran over the "illegal" detention of an American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television. The Tuesday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Bahram Ghasemi, ministry spokesman, as saying Tehran lodged a "strong...

Photographer Leighton Mark, shot in Beirut in 1984, has died

Jan. 22, 2019 1:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leighton Mark, a photojournalist who taught himself to make pictures with one arm after he was wounded in 1984 while covering the civil war in Lebanon, has died. He was 67. Mark died Saturday at Lexington Park Assisted Living Health Center in Topeka, Kansas, said a cousin, Monette Mark....

Israeli shelling kills Gaza militant after officer wounded

Jan. 22, 2019 1:18 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday killed a Palestinian militant and wounded four others shortly after an Israeli soldier was shot on the border of the coastal enclave, authorities said. Following the incident, Israel said it would halt a key transfer of Qatari funds to the Gaza...

UAE hosted Syrian businessman on US sanctions list

Jan. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker who has been on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, UAE state media reported Tuesday. The meeting marked the latest manifestation of a changing regional...

The Latest: Merck to ship 120,000 more Ebola vaccine doses

Jan. 22, 2019 12:32 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The chairman of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has denied that his company's technology allows China's security forces to eavesdrop on customers and demanded that critics back up the...

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

Jan. 22, 2019 12:26 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing's relations with Ottawa. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng Wanzhou's case was out of...