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Putin hosts Turkmen counterpart after signing Caspian deal

Aug. 15, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted the leader of Turkmenistan for talks following the signing of an agreement on that divides the resources of the Caspian Sea among neighboring countries. Putin's talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov followed Sunday's summit in...

Hezbollah downplays US sanctions on Iran

Aug. 14, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said Tuesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran and his Iran-backed group will not have major effects on them and will not lead to regime change in Tehran. Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech marking the 12th anniversary of the end of the 34-day...

Russia to help restore UN patrols near Syria-Israel frontier

Aug. 14, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

TAL KROUM, Syria (AP) — The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help U.N. peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, reflecting Moscow's deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes. The Russian deployment in the area...

Iraq to reduce visa charges for Iranian pilgrims

Aug. 14, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is reducing visa charges for Iranian pilgrims who visit to mark a major religious occasion later this year. The reduction will only apply to pilgrims of the "Arbaeen," the anniversary of the passage of 40 days after the death of the deeply revered Shiite Imam Hussein, the Prophet...

Iran rejects UN report on al-Qaida leaders influencing Syria

Aug. 14, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran is "categorically" rejecting a report by U.N. experts which says al-Qaida's leaders in Iran "have grown more prominent" and have been working with the extremist group's top leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to influence events in Syria. The report quoted unnamed U.N. member states...

Iran's top leader says no war or talks with US

Aug. 13, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Monday that his country will neither go to war nor enter into negotiations with the United States as the Trump administration restores sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. In remarks carried by state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "along with...

Norwegian minister quits after private trips to Iran, China

Aug. 13, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's fishery minister has stepped down after harsh criticism for not informing the government of his private trips abroad to Iran and China. Per Sandberg, 58, gave no reasons why he failed to tell his bosses about the trips in advance — a summer holiday in July to...

Iran said to cancel visit by Iraq's prime minister

Aug. 12, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has cancelled a visit by Iraq's prime minister after he said that while he was opposed to renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran he had no choice but to abide by them, an Iraqi official said Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was to visit Iran and Turkey later this week. The official said...

US ambassador urges UK to back Trump on Iran nuke deal

Aug. 12, 2018 9:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador in London is urging Britain to back President Donald Trump in pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, saying a united front is the best way to persuade Tehran to change its course. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that "we are asking global...

5 nations sign deal on Caspian Sea water, fishing rights

Aug. 12, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Leaders of the five countries along the Caspian Sea have signed a convention aimed at ending decades-long uncertainty over exploitation of its resources. The agreement signed Sunday in Aktau, Kazakhstan, by the presidents of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, establishes...