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People wearing masks, walk in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Russia says it will temporarily ban Chinese nationals from entering the country amid the outbreak of the new virus centered in China that has infected more than 73,000 people. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Iran state news agency says new virus has killed 2 citizens

Feb. 19, 2020 12:42 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The new virus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. IRNA quoted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, as saying that both of the victims had been carrying the coronavirus and were located in Qom, about...

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the situation in Libya and Venezuela, the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Sahel, and climate diplomacy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Austrian minister to travel to Iran amid nuclear tensions

Feb. 19, 2020 12:04 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's foreign minister said Wednesday that he will travel to Tehran this weekend amid efforts by European countries to keep alive Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers. Alexander Schallenberg said after meeting his German counterpart in Berlin that he will be taking a...

In this February 2017 photograph provided by Conflict Armament Research, a gyroscope recovered from a Qasef-1 drone is displayed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Such gyroscopes, a small instrument within drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen's Houthi rebels, match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, two reports said. Conflict Armament Research said in a report released on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that these gyroscopes within the drones have only been found inside those manufactured by Iran. That follows a recently released United Nations report that says its experts saw a similar gyroscope from an Iranian drone and in a shipment of cruise missiles seized in the Arabian Sea bound for Yemen. (Conflict Armament Research via AP)

Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks

Feb. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen's Houthi rebels match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, two reports say. These gyroscopes have only been...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Iran's FM says his meeting with US senator spooked Trump

Feb. 19, 2020 6:41 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that he believes his recent meeting with a U.S. senator had spooked the Trump administration because it was an opportunity to talk directly to “the American nation.” Mohammad Javad Zarif met last week with Sen. Chris Murphy on...

Demonstrators hold a caricature of President Donald Trump with a tattered U.S. flag in front of Azadi (Freedom) monument tower during a rally celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at Azadi (Freedom) Street, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Hundreds of thousands across Iran mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid some of the highest tensions with Washington in decades while Iran's president denounces America and urges the crowds to vote in parliamentary elections this month. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Feb. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said...

In this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, Shiite seminary students attend a lecture at

Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

Feb. 18, 2020 12:45 AM EST

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online. Frantic supporters shared prayers....

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's president: Trump doesn't want war ahead of 2020 vote

Feb. 16, 2020 11:11 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Rouhani said that Trump knows that war with Iran will “ruin" his chances of winning the 2020 U.S....

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Iran: Trump wrong if he thinks Tehran regime will collapse

Feb. 15, 2020 11:27 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump is receiving bad advice if he believes an American "maximum pressure" campaign against his country will cause the government in Tehran to collapse. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a group of top defense...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb 3, 2020, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, shake hands for journalists prior to their meeting, in Tehran, Iran. Now that Britain has left the bloc, the EU hopes to find more time concentrate on its foreign policy. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran: US killing of general was a miscalculation

Feb. 14, 2020 2:02 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The U.S. killing of a top Iranian general was a miscalculation that has had the effect of bolstering support in Iraq for the removal of American troops, a longtime goal of Tehran, Iran's foreign minister said Friday. The U.S. killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a Jan. 3 drone strike as the...

In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran's Semnan province, some 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Iran's capital, Tehran, Iran. The rocket failed to put the satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

Iranian minister apologizes over mock spacesuit post

Feb. 12, 2020 6:08 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s information minister apologized Wednesday for posting a photo on Twitter of what appeared to be a Halloween-type costume representing a spacesuit, in an effort to promote the idea of a manned space program for his country. The official IRNA news agency quoted Mohammad...