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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: Soros unveils $1B university plan, blasts Trump

Jan. 23, 2020 4:18 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 10:15 p.m. George Soros says he’s injecting $1 billion into a new university network that the 89-year-old billionaire investor calls the “most important and most enduring project of my...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, crewmen of Bradley fighting vehicles stand guard at a U.S. military base in Northeastern Syria. Iran has had its fingers in Iraq's politics for years, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander outside Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-Americanism that Tehran now hopes it can exploit to help realize the goal of getting U.S. troops out of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Jan. 23, 2020 4:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal. The...

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses European Parliament Foreign Affairs committee members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Stoltenberg told lawmakers that NATO needs to beef up its military training operation in Iraq once the government in Baghdad requests that it resume work. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

NATO chief seeks beefed-up training role in Iraq

Jan. 21, 2020 12:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance must beef up its military training operation in Iraq to ensure that its members are not drawn back into combat there against Islamic State extremists. Stoltenberg has held talks in recent days with senior Iraqi and officials and King...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, center, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, left, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. EU foreign ministers and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are gathering in Brussels for an emergency meeting during which they are expected to reiterate their support for the nuclear deal brokered with Iran. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU ministers support Iran deal, fear IS resurgence

Jan. 10, 2020 2:54 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU reiterated its support for the nuclear deal brokered with Iran, also expressing concerns Friday that the escalating tensions in the region could lead to a resurgence of the Islamic State's activities. The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell called the urgent meeting of European foreign...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, en route to a campaign rally in Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump turns to those he has scorned for help on Iran

Jan. 10, 2020 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tensions fester with Iran, President Donald Trump finds himself turning to the very people and entities he’s spent three years dismissing or alienating: NATO, Western allies and U.S. intelligence agencies. Trump, who once said that U.S. spy agencies should “go back to...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump wants NATO expanded to Mideast and renamed NATOME

Jan. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump thinks NATO should be expanded to include nations in the Middle East. He even suggested a new name for the 70-year-old alliance: "NATOME" short for NATO-Middle East. “What a beautiful name — NATOME,'' Trump said Thursday, pronouncing it...

President Donald Trump arrives to address the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, center, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In surprising request, Trump asks NATO to do more in Mideast

Jan. 8, 2020 4:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would ask NATO to step up its involvement in the Middle East, an unexpected request from a president who in the past has questioned the relevance of the transatlantic alliance and split with some member nations over his approach to Iran. Trump...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, talk after they symbolically open a valve during a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Man in the centre is an interpreter.The dual natural gas line connecting the countries will open up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe, through new and existing lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

US allies see Mideast strategy vacuum that Putin can fill

Jan. 8, 2020 11:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — He was the leader on the world stage, visiting troops stationed in a far-flung war zone for the holidays, shoring up alliances and economic deals in the Mideast, requesting a meeting with the German chancellor in his capital, portraying himself and his country as reliable partners in an...

Mourners surround a truck carrying the flag draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in the holy city of Qom south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The men were killed in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, Jan. 3 in Iraq.  The funeral drew a crowd said by police to be in the millions in the Iranian capital, filling thoroughfares and side streets as far as the eye could see. (Amir Hesaminejad/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

Throngs mourn, Iranian leader weeps for general slain by US

Jan. 6, 2020 8:57 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader wept Monday over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike, his prayers joining the wails of mourners who flooded the streets of Tehran demanding retaliation against America for a slaying that's drastically raised tensions across the Middle East. The...