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FILE - In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. in Tehran, Iran.  Twitter says on Friday, Jan. 22, it has permanently banned an account connected to the office of Iran’s supreme leader.   Other accounts thought to be tied to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office remained active.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Twitter bans account of Iran's top leader after Trump threat

Jan. 22, 2021 1:45 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Twitter said on Friday it had permanently banned what it called a “fake” account thought to be connected to the office of Iran’s supreme leader, shortly after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump. In the image posted late...

Syrian state media: Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early on Friday, killing a family of four — including two children — and wounding four other people. There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claim. Separately, the Israeli...

Cars drive on an unlit street during a blackout in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. Speculation has gripped social media in Iran that Bitcoin is to blame for a series of recent power blackouts across the country. The government launched a major crackdown on Bitcoin processing centers which use immense amounts of electricity and are a huge burden on the power grid. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran, pressured by blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

Jan. 22, 2021 1:04 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital and major cities plunged into darkness in recent weeks as rolling outages left millions without electricity for hours. Traffic lights died. Offices went dark. Online classes stopped. With toxic smog blanketing Tehran skies and the country buckling under the pandemic and...

Maduro sent letter to Iran's Leader accrediting US fugitive

Jan. 22, 2021 12:22 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Colombian businessman was carrying a letter from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accrediting him to Iran's supreme leader when he was arrested on a U.S. warrant last year, according to a new court filing in a politically charged corruption case ratcheting up tensions with the South...

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2021, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows missiles during a military parade marking the ruling party congress, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who helplessly watched his country's economy decay amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift sanctions from his country. Now he must start over with President Joe Biden, who has previously called him a thug and accused Trump of chasing spectacles instead of meaningful reductions of Kim’s nuclear arsenal.  Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

After Trump setbacks, Kim Jong Un starts over with Biden

Jan. 22, 2021 12:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He helplessly watched his country's already battered economy decay further amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift...

Piles of plush Iranian- made carpets line the floors of a shopping center in northern Iraq, hosting traders from neighbouring Iran, in the city of Dohuk, in the Kurdish-run northern region of Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. At least 24 businesses from 15 Iranian cities offer hope that the spangle of their ornate handicrafts might offer a lifeline out of poverty for Iranians whose country's economy is in tatters amid crippling sanctions. (AP Photo/Rashid Yahya)

Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

Jan. 21, 2021 1:19 AM EST

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a northern Iraq shopping center hosting traders from neighboring Iran who hope the spangle of their ornate handicrafts might offer a lifeline out of poverty. In their own country, the economy is in tatters amid crippling U.S. sanctions. ...

FILE — In this July 7, 2019 file photo, Iran's telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi sits in his office in Tehran, Iran. Iran's judiciary released Jahromi on bail Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 after he was summoned for prosecution by Iran's general prosecutor, state TV reported. Jamal Hadian, a spokesman for the telecommunications ministry, was quoted as saying Jahromi appeared before a prosecutor Wednesday, was released and had already returned to his office. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran’s telecom minister appears before prosecutor, released

Jan. 20, 2021 11:03 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's judiciary released the country's telecom minister on bail Wednesday after he was summoned for prosecution by Iran's general prosecutor, state TV reported. The state media outlet quoted Jamal Hadian, a spokesman for the telecommunications ministry, as saying Mohammad Javad Azari...

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director Avril Haines arrives for a confirmation hearing before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Biden's nominees promise fresh approach on national security

Jan. 20, 2021 12:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees to lead his national security team promised a turnabout from the Trump administration’s approach on the world stage, saying Tuesday they would keep partisan politics out of intelligence agencies, restore an emphasis on cooperating with...

Political scientist accused of secretly working for Iran

Jan. 19, 2021 5:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts-based political scientist and author is accused of secretly working for the government of Iran while lobbying U.S. officials on issues like nuclear policy, federal authorities said Tuesday. Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi was arrested by FBI agents at his home in Watertown,...

Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Hawley blocks quick confirmation of DHS nominee

Jan. 19, 2021 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 3:40 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of quick confirmation of his nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security have been blocked by a...