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Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Apr. 23, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all U.S. military forces as terrorist, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if it continues to buy...

UN panel pays $240M to Kuwait oil firm for Iraq war losses

Apr. 23, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. panel overseeing compensation claims by countries and organizations affected by Iraq's 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait says it has paid $240 million to the Gulf state's national oil company. The United Nations Compensation Commission said Tuesday that the latest tranche brings to $48.3...

Sudanese call for renewed protests to pressure military

Apr. 23, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese activists are calling for nationwide protests to press the military to hand over power to a civilian authority after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. Railway workers and other protesters are gathering in Atbara, the northern transport hub where...

China lashes out at US over Iran oil sanctions move

Apr. 23, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Tuesday again lashed out at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, calling it a violation of China's interests that will intensify turmoil in the Middle East and international energy markets. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the U.S. is...

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

Apr. 23, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (AP) — The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group. Now after the fall of the last stronghold of the group's "caliphate," they...

World stocks mixed, oil soars on Iran sanctions fears

Apr. 23, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks were mixed on Tuesday ahead of the release of U.S. housing data and more earnings reports. Oil prices soared to their highest level since October on supply fears, after the Trump administration said it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil. Markets across...

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment

Apr. 23, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): Midnight South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says President Donald Trump has "made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment," but he will "leave it to...

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide bombing

Apr. 23, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The deadly Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the South Asian island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest. Government ministers have said seven Sri Lankans from a little-known local...

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

Apr. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

AL-HOL, Syria (AP) — They came from around the world, four women drawn to the Islamic State group's "caliphate." They said it was out of misguided religious faith or naivety or youthful rebellion, but whatever the reason, they tied their lives to a group that became notorious for its atrocities. Now after...

Asian stocks mixed, oil soars on Iran sanctions worries

Apr. 22, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday while oil prices soared to their highest level since October after the U.S. said it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.2% to 22,165.41. The Kospi in South Korea was less than 0.1% higher at 2,217.31...