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Yemeni Shiite fighters stand guard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast plan in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.  (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UN envoy warns `dire' military situation risks Yemen peace

Feb. 18, 2020 6:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen warned Tuesday the “increasingly dire” military situation in the Arab world's poorest country is putting U.N. efforts to end the five-year conflict at “great risk” and causing dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of civilian...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Murphy is defending a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe. The Connecticut Democrat said Tuesday his meeting with Mohammed Javad Zarif was important because it is dangerous not to talk to one's enemies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

US lawmaker defends meeting with Iran FM in Munich

Feb. 18, 2020 2:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday defended a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe, after his actions were questioned in conservative media andas President Donald Trump suggested they may have violated U.S. law. The Connecticut Democrat said his Saturday meeting with...

An unidentified presidency staff at right adjusts the seat for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while he arrives for his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Rouhani said Sunday  that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Tensions have been escalating steadily since Trump pulled the U.S. out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Israeli military to create command to combat Iran threats

Feb. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military will set up a special branch in its general staff dedicated to threats from Iran, it said Tuesday. The military said it will appoint a major general to head the command, which is part of a broader restructuring in the general staff. A statement by the military offered few...

Demonstrators hold a caricature of President Donald Trump with a tattered U.S. flag in front of Azadi (Freedom) monument tower during a rally celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at Azadi (Freedom) Street, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Hundreds of thousands across Iran mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid some of the highest tensions with Washington in decades while Iran's president denounces America and urges the crowds to vote in parliamentary elections this month. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Feb. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said...

In this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, Shiite seminary students attend a lecture at

Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

Feb. 18, 2020 12:45 AM EST

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online. Frantic supporters shared prayers....

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks to Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (SANA via AP)

Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

Feb. 16, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country's northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government's hold over the key Aleppo province. The Syrian government advance also appeared to put the provincial capital of...

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's president: Trump doesn't want war ahead of 2020 vote

Feb. 16, 2020 11:11 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Rouhani said that Trump knows that war with Iran will “ruin" his chances of winning the 2020 U.S....

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, U.S. Embassy is seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq. Iran has had its fingers in Iraq's politics for years, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander outside Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-Americanism that Tehran now hopes it can exploit to help realize the goal of getting U.S. troops out of the country. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries

Feb. 16, 2020 3:26 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least four rockets hit near the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a Iraqi base hosting American troops inside the Green Zone early Sunday, but caused no casualties and only minor damage, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The attack came just before 3:30 a.m. local time, according to Col....

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Canada, others nations push Iran on downed airliner probe

Feb. 15, 2020 1:57 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats from nations that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner pushed Iran’s foreign minister Saturday for more cooperation from Tehran on the investigation and other issues. Amid heightened tensions with the United States, Iran said it accidentally shot the...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Iran: Trump wrong if he thinks Tehran regime will collapse

Feb. 15, 2020 11:27 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump is receiving bad advice if he believes an American "maximum pressure" campaign against his country will cause the government in Tehran to collapse. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a group of top defense...