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L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96

Jul. 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of...

US sets tight travel limitations for Iran's UN diplomats

Jul. 17, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the United Nations, sparking concern from the world body. Representatives to the U.N. from Iran and some other countries have long had some limitations on their movements. But the new rules for Iranians...

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids

Jul. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children. Ambassador Jon Huntsman that Russia hasn't issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive next month and adds "children should not be used...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Altoona Mirror on allegations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy July 11 Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in...

Editorials from around New York

Jul. 17, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Follow the Emiratis' lead, out of Yemen The New York Times, July 15 The conflict in Yemen is unwinnable, dangerous for the region and remarkably cruel. So the drawdown of troops by the United Arab Emirates, the biggest outside ground...

Demise of key nuclear pact looms as US, Russia meet

Jul. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding that Russia comply with arms control treaties as the formal demise of a key Cold War-era nuclear pact looms in just two weeks. At a meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, U.S. diplomats told their Russian counterparts that complete compliance with such...

Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

Jul. 17, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in broad...

The Latest: Iran FM says US sanctions 'economic terrorism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is telling a United Nations gathering that U.S. sanctions against his country amount to what he calls "economic terrorism."...

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Jul. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an...

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Jul. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held in the...