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Iran ready for more prisoner swaps with US, not negotiations

Dec. 9, 2019 12:40 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is ready for more prisoner swaps with the United States, the Cabinet spokesman said Monday even as he reiterated the Iranian leadership's stance that there will be no other negotiations between Tehran and Washington. The remarks by the spokesman, Ali Rabiei, were the first after a...

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Dec. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of...

Iran accuses France, Germany and UK of false missile claims

Dec. 5, 2019 6:46 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran accused France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Thursday of “a desperate falsehood” for saying its missile program goes against a U.N. resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Iranian officials said...

Iran hosts Taliban to discuss Afghan peace process

Nov. 27, 2019 2:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV says a delegation of the Taliban visited Tehran and discussed efforts to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 18-year war. Wednesday’s report said Taliban politburo chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad...

Iran, Russia lash out at US plans to protect oil in Syria

Oct. 29, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Iran and Russia on Tuesday criticized and scoffed at Trump administration plans to protect oil deposits in Syria, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accusing Washington of "illegal" actions. Lavrov joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister...

Protesters remain despite Lebanese PM's reform package

Oct. 21, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing escalating mass protests, the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri approved Monday a package of economic reforms and a 2020 budget without new taxes, hoping to appease people in the streets. Protests swelled in the hours after the announcement, however, as many...

Iran sends US list of names for its proposed prisoner swap

Oct. 21, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry said Monday it has sent the United States a list of names it is demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with Washington amid recent growing tensions. Iran did not detail the names it relayed, but Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

Kuwait's ruler, 90, returns home after US hospital visits

Oct. 16, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's ruling 90-year-old emir has returned to his oil-rich nation after undergoing medical checkups in the U.S. following a health scare. Kuwait state media showed Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on his arrival Wednesday in Kuwait City. Sheikh Sabah wore a nasal cannula...