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In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military military commanders attend a funeral ceremony of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, in a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Iran held the funeral Monday for the slain scientist who founded its military nuclear program two decades ago, with the Islamic Republic's defense minister vowing to continue the man's work

Iran's president opposes bill that would boost enrichment

Dec. 2, 2020 10:44 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday expressed his opposition to a bill approved by parliament the previous day to suspend U.N. inspections and boost uranium enrichment, saying it would be “harmful” to diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, trucks cross the friendship bridge connecting China and North Korea in the Chinese border town of Dandong, opposite side of the North Korean town of Sinuiju. China on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, rejected U.S. accusations it is weakening its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, but said more efforts are needed toward reaching a political settlement and greater attention should be paid to the impact of the sanctions on ordinary North Koreans. (AP Photo/Helene Franchineau, File)

China denies weakening sanctions enforcement on North Korea

Dec. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday rejected U.S. accusations it is weakening its enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea, but said more efforts are needed toward reaching a political settlement and greater attention should be paid to the impact of the sanctions on ordinary North Koreans. Foreign...

UN experts: South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled

Dec. 1, 2020 11:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan’s latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government’s...

A vendor sells umbrellas outside closed shops in northern Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Iran on Saturday shuttered businesses and curtailed travel between its major cities, including the capital of Tehran, as it grapples with the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Mideast region. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran shuts gov't offices, tightening virus restrictions

Nov. 27, 2020 7:45 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday announced that all government offices will effectively close and operate with only essential staff, further tightening coronavirus measures as the country struggles to contain its most widespread wave of infection yet. Starting this Saturday — the first day of...

Putin foe Navalny urges EU to be ready for Russian election

Nov. 27, 2020 6:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny urged the European Union to reject the results of Russia's parliamentary election next year if any candidates are blocked from taking part and he called Friday on the EU to impose sanctions on oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin. Navalny,...

Turkey probes German navy's search of Libya-bound freighter

Nov. 27, 2020 5:44 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Friday into the search of a Turkish commercial freighter by the crew of a German frigate participating in a European Union mission to enforce an arms embargo on Libya. Turkey has protested the incident on the Mediterranean Sea, insisting...

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. On Sunday, Rouhani called on President-elect Joe Biden to

Iran's president hopes Biden unravels Trump's Iran policies

Nov. 25, 2020 5:42 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president reiterated his hope Wednesday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would return America’s Iran policy to where he left things as vice president four years ago, state TV reported, rejoining Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Hassan Rouhani said that...

A woman waits to be attended at a Western Union office on its last day of business in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Restrictions from the Trump administration on the military-controlled operator that handles cash deposits will go into effect Monday at 6 p.m. local, keeping Cubans from being able to retrieve money sent from abroad through Western Union – the main source of cash remittances for many families. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cubans receive last of remittances via Western Union

Nov. 23, 2020 6:15 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Western Union closed its 407 locations across Cuba on Monday, a sanctions-driven move that will leave thousands bereft of remittances on an island that depends heavily on them — or force them to use less reliable ways to bring in money. The closure of offices that have operated for...

Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned top diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy on Monday after a German frigate that is part of a EU mission enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish...

European powers see hope for Iran accord in US transition

Nov. 23, 2020 7:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German, French and British foreign ministers were meeting Monday to discuss the future of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program amid hopes that the incoming U.S. administration might help breathe new life into the accord, Germany's Foreign Ministry said. The three European...