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Bahrain defends decision to host White House Mideast meeting

May. 21, 2019 3:40 PM 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...

Questions raised over Florida Cabinet meeting in Israel

May. 21, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to Israel with a large contingent of business leaders — not surprisingly, especially as the GOP woos Jewish voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. But DeSantis' plan to hold a meeting with his elected Cabinet while he's...

The Latest: Trump officials hold closed-door Iran briefings

May. 21, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local): 3:00 p.m. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, has canceled a trip to Europe amid U.S. tensions with Iran. In acknowledging Dunford's decision to remain in Washington, his spokesman,...

Canada delegation pressing China on detained Canadians

May. 21, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian delegation in China is pressing Chinese officials to free two detained Canadians but there has been no contact between the two nations' leaders or foreign ministers despite the worst relations between Ottawa and Beijing since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Adam...

Libyan National Army led by Hifter hires US lobbying firm

May. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter has hired a lobbying firm to assist it in forging better relations with the U.S. government. A foreign agent registration posted Tuesday on the Justice Department's website shows the Houston-based Linden Government...

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

May. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...

Group to resubmit petition to allow growing, selling pot

May. 21, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group says it will resubmit a petition to amend the North Dakota Constitution aimed at allowing citizens to grow, use and sell marijuana. The group submitted a proposed petition to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Monday but withdrew it on Tuesday. Group chairman John Bailey, of...

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...

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...