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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. The U.S. has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Iraqi officials expressed surprise at the new, stricter waiver as it comes just one month after al-Kadhimi’s Washington visit hailed as a success. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

In sign of frustration, US shortens sanctions waiver to Iraq

Sep. 24, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The development is a sign of unease in U.S.-Iraq relations amid...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

The Latest: Venezuela's Guaidó urges nations to decry Maduro

Sep. 23, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:10 p.m. He didn’t get a spot at the U.N. General Assembly. But U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó still put out his own online message during this year’s gathering of world leaders. On...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bahrain says it broke up militant attack plot in early 2020

Sep. 20, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain said Monday it broke up a plot by militants backed by Iran earlier this year to launch attacks on diplomats and foreigners in the island nation home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. The announcement came hours after Saudi state television and a Bahraini local...

Portrait honors Maine soldier critically injured in Iraq

Sep. 20, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A portrait of a soldier who was critically injured in 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, is now hanging in his honor at Camp Chamberlain alongside nine other fallen Maine Army National Guard soldiers who've lost their lives since 9/11. The bombing left shrapnel in the arm, chest and brain of Staff...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, Chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami speaks at a pro-government rally, in Tehran, Iran. The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has threatened to go after everyone who had a role in a top general’s January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard’s website on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real.” U.S. President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran vows 'hit' on all involved in US killing of top general

Sep. 19, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard's website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for...

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz transits the Arabian Sea on Aug. 17, 2020. The U.S. Navy searched through the night into the morning of Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, for a sailor who went missing from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during its patrol of the northern Arabian Sea amid tensions with Iran. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt/U.S. Navy via AP)

US carrier transits Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

Sep. 18, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier safely transited on Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy said, as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. In a “scheduled” maneuver, the U.S. sent...

Security forces stand guard after an attack near the American Institute for English Learning in Najaf, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. An IED attack on the American Institute for English Learning in southern Iraq caused major damage without casualties in the early hours on Friday. according to Iraq security officials. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Blast targets 'American' English school in southern Iraq

Sep. 18, 2020 4:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An improvised explosive device blew up outside an English-language institute in southern Iraq early Friday without causing any casualties, Iraqi police said in a statement, amid a recent uptick in attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq. The blast damaged the facade of the American...

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange take part in a protest outside the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The London court hearing on Assange's extradition from Britain to the United States resumed Monday after a COVID-19 test on one of the participating lawyers came back negative, WikiLeaks said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawyer says Assange charged under broad, contentious US law

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An American constitutional law expert said Thursday that the United States indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under an “extraordinarily broad” spying law that has been used in the past for politically motivated prosecutions. Speaking during Assange's extradition hearing...

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78) and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) celebrate after Smith-Schuster scored a touchdown against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

United front? Villanueva's choice surprises teammates

Sep. 16, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed the need for unity as the team weighed how to properly promote social justice. It didn't quite work out that way during their season-opening win over the New York Giants, and left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva finds himself again in the middle of a difficult...

Iraqi Americans say city official, a neighbor, harassed them

Sep. 16, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A member of the Waterville Planning Board is being called on to resign after accusations that she harassed her Iraqi American neighbors. About a dozen people protested Monday outside a meeting of the board, which Catherine Weeks, 65, did not attend, the Morning Sentinel reported....