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Iran, Russia lash out at US plans to protect oil in Syria

Oct. 29, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Iran and Russia on Tuesday criticized and scoffed at Trump administration plans to protect oil deposits in Syria, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accusing Washington of "illegal" actions. Lavrov joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister...

Protesters remain despite Lebanese PM's reform package

Oct. 21, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing escalating mass protests, the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri approved Monday a package of economic reforms and a 2020 budget without new taxes, hoping to appease people in the streets. Protests swelled in the hours after the announcement, however, as many...

Iran sends US list of names for its proposed prisoner swap

Oct. 21, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry said Monday it has sent the United States a list of names it is demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with Washington amid recent growing tensions. Iran did not detail the names it relayed, but Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

Kuwait's ruler, 90, returns home after US hospital visits

Oct. 16, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's ruling 90-year-old emir has returned to his oil-rich nation after undergoing medical checkups in the U.S. following a health scare. Kuwait state media showed Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on his arrival Wednesday in Kuwait City. Sheikh Sabah wore a nasal cannula...

Turkey says it won't bow to US threat over its Syria plans

Oct. 8, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to limit the scope of its expected assault. Trump said earlier this week the United States would step...

The Latest: Turkey sends reinforcements to border with Syria

Oct. 8, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Turkey is continuing to reinforce its border with Syria as it prepares to launch a military...

Iran's FM says Saudi will be 'companion' if ends Yemen war

Oct. 8, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says his country could turn into a "companion" for Saudi Arabia if the kingdom ends its war in Yemen, where the archrivals support opposite sides. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Tuesday Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying if Saudi Arabia solved "problems...

The Latest: UN chief urges 'maximum restraint' in NE Syria

Oct. 7, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:00 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging "maximum restraint" by all parties in Syria's conflict, ahead of what Turkey says is its imminent offensive into the country's northeast. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said...

Syria's Kurds stand to lose all gains from US pullout

Oct. 7, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault. U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt...

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

Oct. 6, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over U.S. sanctions. The South Pars field deal,...