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US beefing up forces in Middle East to counter Iran

May. 24, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 24, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words during an...

The Latest: US blames Iran for tanker bombings, Iraq attack

May. 24, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran tensions (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A senior Pentagon officer says the U.S. blames Iran and its proxies for the recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq. Vice Admiral Michael Gilday says the U.S. has a high...

Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes

May. 24, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has been considering pardons for several American military members accused of war crimes, including headline-grabbing cases of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive. Trump, leaving the White House for a trip to Japan, said he...

Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric hold sit-ins against war

May. 24, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an Iraqi populist Shiite cleric held sit-ins around Iraq on Friday night, saying their country should not be a battlefield between the United States and Iran. The sit-ins come days after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile...

Islamists in Sudan rally in support of Islamic rule

May. 24, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Thousands of Islamists in Sudan long allied with ousted president Omar al-Bashir's regime are rallying to support military-backed Islamic rule in the face of alleged attempts by protesters to abolish it. Friday's rally in the capital Khartoum was called by Nusrat al-Sharia and Rule...

Trump cites Iran to bypass Congress on Saudi arms sales

May. 24, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision to use an emergency loophole in the...

Iran's foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

May. 24, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iran's foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next week's emergency Arab League meeting called by Saudi Arabia over the region's tensions. The remarks by...

Lebanese Cabinet agrees on 2019 austerity budget

May. 24, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Cabinet ministers wrapped up weeks of haggling, agreeing on a 2019 draft budget that aims to avert a financial crisis by cutting public spending and reduce a ballooning deficit. Critics say the proposed measures fail to introduce structural reforms needed to rescue the flagging...

Pompeo to make up canceled Germany trip on Europe tour

May. 24, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo next week will make up a trip to Germany he canceled earlier this month amid heightened tensions with Iran. The State Department says Pompeo will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin before heading to additional stops in Europe. Pompeo abruptly...