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Israel says it will transfer some 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority

Jun. 18, 2021 04:51 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will transfer some 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority.

Iran votes in presidential poll tipped in hard-liner's favor

Jun. 18, 2021 04:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran voted Friday in a presidential election tipped in the favor of a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fueling public apathy and sparking calls for a boycott in the Islamic Republic. State-linked opinion...

A look at Iran's election, which will see vote for president

Jun. 18, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

A look at some of the numbers that explain Iran's upcoming presidential election: • More than 59 million eligible voters in Iran, a nation home to over 80 million people; • Seven presidential candidates approved by Iran's Guardian Council to run...

Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks

Jun. 18, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. ...

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

A look at the candidates in Iran's presidential election

Jun. 18, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

Iranians were voting Friday on who should be the country's next president amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. While the race is wide open due to President Hassan Rouhani being term limited from running again, authorities barred...

EXPLAINER: Iran vote to determine next president, direction

Jun. 18, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's presidential election Friday will determine who will lead the country's civilian government as tensions remain high between the Islamic Republic and the West over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. WHO IS RUNNING? ...

Iran's supreme leader casts ceremonial first vote in a presidential election tipped in favor of his hard-line protege

Jun. 17, 2021 22:36 PM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader casts ceremonial first vote in a presidential election tipped in favor of his hard-line protege.

Israel strikes Gaza after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Jun. 17, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip late Thursday for a second time since a shaky cease-fire ended last month's 11-day war. The strikes came after activists mobilized by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers launched incendiary balloons into Israel for a third straight day....

House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

Jun. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House, with President Joe Biden's backing, passed legislation Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq, a step that supporters said was necessary for Congress to reassert its constitutional duty to weigh in on matters...