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In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese president Michel Aoun, right, meets with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Maas said that Lebanon needs a

FM says Germany ready to help Lebanon but reforms necessary

Aug. 12, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Germany stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week's massive explosion, but any support will be linked to economic reforms and an end to pervasive corruption in Lebanon, Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday. Heiko Maas spoke after a tour of...

France seeks cooperation from Iran, Russia on Lebanon

Aug. 12, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Wednesday to the leaders of Russia and Iran and urged them to cooperate with the rest of the international community to restore stability in Lebanon. While Iran and Russia are important power players in the region and have offered Lebanon aid since last...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo, released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian hard-liners in parliament voted Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, against Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister. The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Writing in Farsi reads:

Iran's president, FM lash out at new US push on arms embargo

Aug. 12, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president and foreign minister lashed out on Wednesday at a revised proposal by the U.S. that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, the latest in the Trump administration's maximum pressure policy against Iran. The U.S. on Tuesday circulated the revised draft at...

FILE—In this Sunday May 10, 2020 file photo, stockbrokers work at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Iran. The Tehran Stock Exchange closed at a record high on Sunday, Aug 2, 2020, crossing 2 million points for the first time, even as U.S. sanctions, unemployment, inflation and low oil prices batter the Iranian economy. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran's stock market hits record high amid battered economy

Aug. 2, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Tehran Stock Exchange closed at a record high on Sunday, crossing 2 million points for the first time, even as U.S. sanctions, unemployment, inflation and low oil prices batter the Iranian economy. The exchange's website showed it closed at 2,011,492 points, up some 50,000 points...

Iran says passenger plane 'harassed' over Syria by US jet

Jul. 24, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian passenger plane flying from Tehran to Beirut on Thursday was “harassed" by fighter jets, Iranian state TV reported, saying the plane managed to safely land in the Lebanese capital. A U.S. official later told The Associated Press that an American fighter jet did pass by...

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as they wear protective face masks to help prevent spread of the coronavirus, during an official arrival ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran's president calls Iraqi premier's visit 'turning point'

Jul. 21, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called a visit Tuesday by the new prime minister of Iraq, where the U.S. military has a presence, “a turning point” in the countries' relations and vowed to continue supporting the neighboring Arab nation. Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived...

A street artist spray paints a protective face mask over an old mural featuring a Venezuelan Indigenous man, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 18, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Governments around world eye tougher steps to fight virus

Jul. 19, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

Signs of governments reassessing their coronavirus response were scattered around the world Sunday, with the mayor of Los Angeles saying the city was reopened too quickly, Ohio's governor warning his state is “going the wrong way,” Hong Kong issuing tougher new rules on wearing face masks and Spain...

A street artist spray paints a protective face mask over an old mural featuring a Venezuelan Indigenous man, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 18, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Breathtaking virus numbers show normal life still far away

Jul. 18, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa on Saturday became one of the top five worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, as breathtaking new infection numbers around the world were a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight. The World Health Organization again reported a single-day...

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, July 18, 2020. He estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak's beginning, citing an Iranian Health Ministry study that has so far not been made public, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. Writing in Farsi at top right reads,

Iran estimates up to 25 million virus cases since outbreak

Jul. 18, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president Saturday estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak's beginning, and urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. President Hassan Rouhani cited a new...

People wearing protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus sit inside a train in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's president warns lockdowns could lead to protests

Jul. 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that lockdowns meant to curb the spread of the pandemic could lead to street protests over economic problems, his website reported. In a regular Cabinet meeting on the coronavirus, Rouhani said the easiest way to fight the virus is to close...