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Saudis say they don't want war, but will defend themselves

May. 19, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. On Sunday night, a rocket crashed in the Iraqi...

The Latest: Reports: Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone

May. 19, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 9:55 p.m. An apparent rocket attack has exploded in the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

May. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes. Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire...

Saudi diplomat rejects activist's allegation he's a target

May. 19, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Saudi diplomat says the kingdom has no information about an Arab activist living in Norway who says the CIA tipped Norwegian security about a threat against him emanating from Saudi Arabia. Responding to a question during a press conference in Saudi Arabia on...

Ex-rebel hospitalized in Colombia day after polemical arrest

May. 18, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader was hospitalized with signs of "altered consciousness" on Saturday, a day after being freed from jail and then rearrested in a highly-politicized drug case that has strained relations with the U.S. Authorities at Colombia's National Institute of Legal...

Brawl suits against Turkey raise questions of law, diplomacy

May. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's leader spoke of cooperation with the United States during a White House visit two years ago with President Donald Trump, but by day's end, the warm rhetoric had been overshadowed by a violent brawl outside the Turkish Embassy that left anti-government protesters badly beaten....

Iran's top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

May. 17, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across the Persian Gulf remain high. Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House ordered...

Lawyer: 17 wounded in prison where US-Nicaraguan man killed

May. 17, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Seventeen people who were arrested in previous anti-government protests were wounded in a prison disturbance in which a 57-year-old Nicaraguan-American dual national was shot dead, a lawyer for several inmates said Friday. Attorney Yonarqui Martínez also said three student...

Ex-rebel in Colombia recaptured after release from jail

May. 17, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader was re-arrested by police Friday moments after his release from jail by a peace tribunal whose ruling against extraditing him to the U.S. triggered an institutional crisis and revived debate about justice for victims of the country's armed conflict....

Protesters arrested at Venezuelan Embassy face US charges

May. 17, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four demonstrators who had staged a weeks-long protest inside the Venezuelan Embassy were formally charged by U.S. authorities and appeared Friday in federal court in Washington. A federal judge issued arrest warrants earlier this week for the four protesters — Kevin Bruce Zeese,...