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Lawyer says US bid to extradite North Korean is 'political'

Sep. 20, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A lawyer for a North Korean man facing potential extradition from Malaysia to the United States to face money laundering charges said Friday that the request was baseless and "political in nature." Mun Chol Myong, 54, has lived in Malaysia for a decade and was arrested in May...

NKorea welcomes Trump's call for 'new method' in talks

Sep. 20, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday praised President Donald Trump for saying Washington may pursue an unspecified "new method" in nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang. Those talks have been stalled for months by disagreements over trade-offs between sanctions relief and disarmament steps. In a...

Iraq's stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat. Pro-Iranian militias across Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are being targeted, both with economic sanctions and precision airstrikes hitting their...

The Latest: Trump says it's 'looking like' Iran is to blame

Sep. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says it's "looking like" Iran was responsible for the attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, but he says he...

UN votes to ease arms embargo on Central African Republic

Sep. 12, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic's government following its signing of a peace agreement with 14 armed groups in February and progress in reforming its security sector. The French-drafted resolution...

Iran urges US to 'put warmongers aside' after Bolton firing

Sep. 11, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president urged the U.S. on Wednesday to "put warmongers aside" as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Hassan Rouhani's remarks signaled approval of President Donald...

US steps up anti-Iran campaign ahead of UN General Assembly

Sep. 10, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is stepping up its campaign to get other nations to boost pressure on Iran as world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations this month. Even as President Donald Trump dismissed his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, the administration pressed...

North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with US

Sep. 10, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new U.S. proposals. The launches and demand for new...

Analysis: North Korean tests put pressure on Washington

Sep. 10, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Another week, another North Korean weapons test. North Korea's relentless, carefully calibrated barrage of firepower — Tuesday's test was its eighth since late July — has managed to normalize a martial display of defiance that not too long ago raised fears of war...

The Latest: Iran: US nuclear modernization violates treaty

Sep. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 10 p.m. Iran's U.N. ambassador is accusing the United States of violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by modernizing its nuclear weapons instead of moving toward disarmament. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi cited progress in...