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US targets 'vast network' for evading Iran sanctions

Mar. 26, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to break up a group of Iranian-linked companies that has transferred around $1 billion to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions on the country. The Treasury announced it had hit a "vast network" of 25 people, firms and Iranian government agencies with...

The Latest: US general in Mozambique to plan relief efforts

Mar. 26, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — The Latest on the efforts to recover from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local): 6:50 p.m. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, the commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, is in Mozambique to get a first-hand look at the...

Dems not giving up on Russia probe; Trump visits Republicans

Mar. 26, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill for a victory lap Tuesday, emboldened by the end of the government's Russia probe, even as Democrats continued to battle for release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report and intensified their focus on other issues including efforts...

Ukraine's integration into West dashed by war and corruption

Mar. 26, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Five years into Ukraine's conflict with Russia, Moscow seems to have Ukraine pinned against the ropes. Ukraine's ambition of joining the European Union and NATO is indefinitely stalled. It has no realistic way to reclaim control of Russian-annexed Crimea, or to end the war with Russia-backed...

Syrians protest Trump's decision on Golan Heights

Mar. 26, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Thousands of Syrians gathered Tuesday in different cities to protest President Donald Trump's formal recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a move that was widely criticized across the Arab and Muslim world, including by U.S. allies. Syria's State news...

IS attack on US-backed fighters kills 7 in northern Syria

Mar. 26, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack on a checkpoint of U.S.-backed forces in the northern Syrian town on Manbij that killed seven fighters on Tuesday. The attack indicates that IS can still launch deadly insurgent strikes and is far from being completely defeated,...

The Latest: Committee OKs request for McCabe claim documents

Mar. 26, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel's Russia report (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee has approved a Republican request to demand documents from the Justice Department about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's claim Justice Department officials discussed...

US ratchets up dispute with Venezuela's Maduro at WTO body

Mar. 26, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States on Tuesday blocked a meeting of the World Trade Organization's dispute body, gumming up its operations over the Trump administration refusal to recognize the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. The U.S. delegation refused to approve the agenda of the Dispute...

US expands ban on foreign aid to overseas abortion providers

Mar. 26, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration's ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don't. Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the...

As new blackout hits, Venezuelans brace for more hardship

Mar. 26, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Much of Venezuela remained without electricity Tuesday as a new power outage spread across the country in what many feared will be a repeat of the chaos during the nation's largest-ever blackout earlier this month. The outage began around midday Monday and appeared to have...