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Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

May. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East. After a day of closed-door briefings on...

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

May. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...

Officials say Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

May. 20, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter. Iranian officials made a point to...

Amid Iran tensions, a look at Mideast's powers and proxies

May. 20, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

As long-simmering tensions heat up between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, a look at the various countries or players involved, and what could happen: UNITED STATES The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops scattered across military bases in the Middle East. It recently sent the USS Abraham Lincoln...

Trump team to brief Congress on Iran; Dems seek counterpoint

May. 20, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As questions mount over President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion. The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday, unusual and potentially polarizing, come...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

May. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world...

AP EXPLAINS: Science of uranium enrichment amid Iran tension

May. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran has quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium, semi-official news agencies reported Monday, just days after saying it would resume higher levels of enrichment if world powers do not repair the nuclear accord following the U.S. withdrawal from it last year. The semi-official...

Political pitfalls: Iran tests 'America First' pledge

May. 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House pledging to wind down the nation's many foreign entanglements and put "America First." But as his administration in recent days has sent mixed signals on the prospects of a military conflict with Iran, Trump's campaign trail promise is being put...

Ex-US Sen. Lugar lauded for advocacy of global peace

May. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Sen. Richard Lugar's soft-spoken presence belied an influence on the global stage that was celebrated Wednesday for helping secure peace in many parts of the world. Vice President Mike Pence and Chief Justice John Roberts joined numerous other national leaders among several...

The Latest: Pence says Lugar underscored peace, freedom

May. 15, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Sen. Richard Lugar (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says Sen. Richard Lugar made the world a more peaceful place with freedom on the rise. Pence told the several hundred people at Lugar's funeral Wednesday in Indianapolis that he'll be...