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Dual briefings on Capitol Hill focus on Trump's Iran policy

May. 21, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As questions mount over President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, top national security officials headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats sought out a second opinion, holding their own briefing with former Obama administration officials. The competing...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

May. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from...

Israel expands Gaza fishing zone, implementing cease-fire

May. 21, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is expanding the permitted fishing zone off Gaza's coast, the latest sign that a cease-fire deal with Palestinian militants is moving forward. COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday that it had expanded the fishing zone to...

Greece: Supreme court hears appeal for far-left killer

May. 21, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court on Tuesday examined the rejection of a furlough request by a hunger-striking extremist serving multiple life sentences for the killing of 11 people by Greece's deadliest militant organization. Dimitris Koufodinas, a hitman for the now defunct November 17 group...

The Latest: Rouhani: US economic pressure won't defeat Iran

May. 21, 2019 11:53 AM 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): 7:50 p.m. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the United States will not defeat Iran with economic pressure. In a live...

Bahrain defends decision to host White House Mideast meeting

May. 21, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain on Tuesday defended its decision to host a White House-engineered conference to address the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying its only objective is to support the "brotherly Palestinian people." The Palestinian Authority has rejected the economic conference...

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

May. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and...

Dutch police arrest Syrian suspected of war crimes, terror

May. 21, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors say police have arrested a Syrian on suspicion of war crimes and terrorism in his home country where he allegedly was a commander in the former al-Qaida affiliate the Nusra Front. Prosecutors say in a statement that the suspect, a 47-year-old man living in...

AP Explains: How Yemen's rebels increasingly deploy drones

May. 21, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Yemen, the high-pitched whine of drones has been a part of life for over 15 years, ever since the first U.S. drone strike here targeting al-Qaida in 2002. But now, Iran-backed Houthi rebels increasingly deploy drones in Yemen's brutal civil war. Neighboring Saudi...

Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai

May. 21, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 militants in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic militants as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of...