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Trump claims G-7 'unity' on Iran after unannounced invite

Aug. 26, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he gave his approval to the unannounced invitation of Iran's top diplomat on the margins of the G-7 summit, denying Monday that he was surprised or angered and claiming "unity" with the other leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation was...

Drone war takes flight, raising stakes in Iran, US tensions

Aug. 25, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Since the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year, there has been an increasing tempo of...

High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite

Aug. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and headed straight toward the heart of the city where leaders of the world's major democracies have been debating how to handle the country's nuclear ambitions. France's surprise invitation of Iranian Foreign...

The Latest: France invites Iran to G-7 to ease tensions

Aug. 25, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the Group of Seven leaders' summit (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A senior French official says France invited Iran's foreign minister to the venue of the G-7 summit to try to ease tensions over its nuclear program. The official said the decision to invite Jawad Zarif on...

Even before photo op of G-7 allies, sharp elbows come out

Aug. 24, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The posturing by leaders of the G-7 rich democracies began well before they stood together for a summit photo. French President Emmanuel Macron, the host, cornered Donald Trump at the American leader's hotel with an impromptu lunch invitation. It was something of a power move by...

The Latest: Iran imposes sanctions on US think tank

Aug. 24, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9 p.m. Iran's Foreign Ministry says it has imposed sanctions on the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its CEO for its role in promoting sanctions and "economic terrorism" against Iran....

As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Aug. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes. Benjamin...

Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency

Aug. 21, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. By sending the bill to lawmakers, President Hassan Rouhani's government...

Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran

Aug. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and "fresh thinking to solve old problems" are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing "to foment terror and unrest" in the...

Netanyahu's partisan streak has paid off, but for how long?

Aug. 19, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In the eyes of critics, Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen at the request of President Donald Trump is the latest reckless gamble by a prime minister willing to sacrifice Israel's national interests for short-term gain. The move infuriated Democrats and...