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The Latest: Iraq to try help end crisis between US and Iran

May. 26, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (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): 11:15 a.m. Iraq's foreign minister says Baghdad wants to mediate between the United States and Iran and will work to find a resolution to...

Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between its allies Iran, US

May. 26, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq offered Sunday to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers steadily unravels. Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed al-Hakim, made the offer during a joint news conference...

German business with Iran down sharply as US sanctions bite

May. 26, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German business group says German companies' trade with Iran has declined sharply as the United States turns up the economic heat on Tehran. Volker Treier, the foreign trade chief of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told news agency dpa in comments published...

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts

May. 26, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells...

Baghdad offers to mediate with US as Iran's FM visits Iraq

May. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament speaker said Saturday that Baghdad is ready to mediate between the United States and Iran if it is asked to do so. Mohamad Halbousi's comments, carried by state TV, came shortly after Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad beginning a two-day visit....

US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran

May. 25, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials...

The Latest: US blames Iran for tanker bombings, Iraq attack

May. 24, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran tensions (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A senior Pentagon officer says the U.S. blames Iran and its proxies for the recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq. Vice Admiral Michael Gilday says the U.S. has a high...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 24, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words during an...

Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric hold sit-ins against war

May. 24, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an Iraqi populist Shiite cleric held sit-ins around Iraq on Friday night, saying their country should not be a battlefield between the United States and Iran. The sit-ins come days after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile...

Trump cites Iran to bypass Congress on Saudi arms sales

May. 24, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision to use an emergency loophole in the...