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Paris says Iran has detained 2nd French researcher

Oct. 16, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Iran has been holding a second French researcher in custody for months, France's foreign ministry said Wednesday, denouncing the detention as "unacceptable" and demanding his release. The confirmation that Roland Marchal is being held in Iran — as well as his fellow-academic Fariba...

Pakistan says Saudis, Iran willing to pursue diplomacy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Iran and Saudi Arabia have indicated a willingness to pursue diplomacy to end their disputes after Pakistan's prime minister traveled to both countries to try and ease tensions. Tensions between the rival Middle Eastern countries escalated following last...

Report: Brother of Iran's president begins prison term

Oct. 16, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rouhani's brother has begun serving a five-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Tasnim said Wednesday that authorities had transferred Hossein Fereidoun to Tehran's Evin prison. Earlier in October, Iran's...

Afghan refugee's 'Dream' coffee shop in Iran becomes reality

Oct. 16, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With each serving of French press coffee poured delicately into a cup with steamed milk, 21-year-old Afghan refugee Fatemeh Jafari lives out a dream in her basement coffee shop in Tehran that is out of reach for millions like her in Iran. More than 3 million Afghans, including as many...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

Russia's Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Mideast trip

Oct. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation's king and crown prince as he seeks to cement Moscow's political and energy ties across the Mideast. Putin received all the trappings of a state visit, with a mounted...

Iran's Guard says it detains Paris-based exiled journalist

Oct. 14, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it arrested an exiled journalist who helped fan the flames of nationwide economic protests that struck the country at the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Iran's president said his country was prepared to begin using even more-advanced...

Iran offers warning after mysterious tanker attack

Oct. 13, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president warned Sunday it would be "a big mistake" to think his country won't respond to threats after a mysterious attack on one of its oil tankers. Hassan Rouhani's remarks came as Pakistan's prime minister was visiting Iran in an effort to ease tensions between Tehran and...

Pakistan's PM leaves for Iran, Saudi Arabia to ease tensions

Oct. 13, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is headed to the Iranian capital as part of his country's ongoing efforts to ease tensions between archrivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. A foreign ministry statement says Imran Khan's trip Sunday to Tehran will focus on "peace and security in the region." Khan will...

Pakistan's PM to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia to ease tensions

Oct. 11, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Iran's capital Saturday before traveling on to Saudi Arabia to try and ease tensions between the two Islamic countries. Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement Friday, while talking to reporters in the city...