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Iran tells US retaliation looms if targeted for Saudi attack

Sep. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has warned the U.S. it will retaliate "immediately" if Tehran is targeted over a weekend attack on Saudi oil installations, its state-run news agency reported Wednesday, further raising Mideast tensions. Iran's president and foreign minister also may not be able to attend next...

Germany extends anti-Islamic State mission in Iraq by 1 year

Sep. 18, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved extending Germany's military participation in an international coalition against the Islamic State group. Merkel spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Wednesday the Cabinet extended the Bundeswehr's training of local Iraqi forces until Oct. 31, 2020. A...

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed, oil dips on Saudi output recovery

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong...

Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

Sep. 18, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes. Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest at the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation said Wednesday that...

Spooner-based National Guard unit deploying to Middle East

Sep. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SPOONER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin National Guard unit based in Spooner will deploy to the Middle East this fall. About 150 soldiers from the 829th Engineer Company, which has a detachment in Ashland, will mobilize as a construction unit in support of an engineer battalion from Indiana. The Journal Sentinel...

Egypt says police kill 9 suspected militants in Cairo

Sep. 18, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says police have killed nine suspected members of a militant group with links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in two separate Cairo shootouts. Wednesday's statement says the militants were members of the Revolution Brigade, a breakaway faction of the Muslim...

Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election

Sep. 18, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. The election's seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he'll insist upon a secular unity...

Israeli police: Knife-wielding Palestinian woman shot dead

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli police say private security guards at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she pulled out a knife at the crossing. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the woman was taken to a hospital where she died of her wounds, adding that...

Gamble pays off for Lieberman, who becomes Israeli kingmaker

Sep. 18, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The veteran Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman took the political gamble of his life when he spurned his mentor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and forced an unprecedented repeat election. As results began rolling in from Tuesday's vote, it appeared to have paid off. With neither...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 18, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAEL'S MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES DEADLOCKED AFTER ELECTION Seeming kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman says he'll insist upon a secular unity government between the main Likud and Blue and White parties, and that...