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Iran's top leader releases special funds for flood damages

Apr. 15, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Monday approved the use of special emergency funds to deal with damage from major flooding that has killed at least 76 people and injured more than 1,000 over the past several weeks. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the government permission to use the National...

Iranian who removed headscarf sentenced to year in prison

Apr. 14, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer said Sunday. A court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her guilty of encouraging public "corruption," her...

Iranian lawmakers convene with chants of 'Death to America'

Apr. 9, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted "Death to America" as they convened Tuesday for an open session of parliament after the White House designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a foreign terrorist organization. President Hassan Rouhani declared that the force's...

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Apr. 8, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's...

Iran's top leader urges Iraqi PM to remove US forces

Apr. 6, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has warned visiting Iraqi prime minister about a lengthy presence of U.S. forces in Iran's neighboring Arab country. The website of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday quotes him as telling Adel Abdul-Mahdi that Iraq's government should take measures to remove...

Iran says US sanctions impede flood rescue operations

Apr. 2, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says sanctions imposed by the Trump administration last year have hampered rescue efforts in flood-stricken areas of the country, where nearly 60 people have died since mid-March, while the U.S. blamed the disaster on the Iranian government's own "mismanagement."...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

Today in History

Mar. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2019. There are 285 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 21, 2006, the social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the first "tweet" by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: "just setting up my twttr." On this...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot...

Iran's hard-line judiciary chief becomes deputy of key panel

Mar. 12, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the country's newly appointed head of judiciary has also been elected as a deputy chief in the panel known as Assembly of Experts, which can appoint or remove the country's supreme leader. Tuesday's report says the panel voted 43-35 in favor of...