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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. On Friday, Nov., 13, 2020, China has become one of the last major governments to congratulate Joe Biden on being elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Trump aims to box in Biden abroad, but it may not work

Nov. 23, 2020 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On its way out the door, the Trump administration is enacting new rules, regulations and orders that it hopes will box in President-elect Joe Biden's administration on numerous foreign policy matters and cement President Donald Trump’s “America First” legacy in...

FILE - In this photo released by the official website of the Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader, Gen. Esmail Ghaani, newly appointed commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, weeps while praying over the coffin of the force's previous head Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Tehran University Campus in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.  On Friday, Nov. 20, two Iraqi officials say Iran has instructed allies in the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump Administration cause to launch attacks in his final weeks in office.   (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's allies on high alert in Trump's final weeks in office

Nov. 20, 2020 11:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause to launch attacks in the U.S. president's final weeks in office, Iraqi officials have said. The request — delivered...

An army soldier inspects the scene of the rocket attack at the gate of al-Zawra public park in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Rockets struck Iraq's capital on Tuesday with four landing inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq's military said, killing a child and wounding at least five people, signaling an end to an informal truce announced by Iran-backed militias in October.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi FM condemns Baghdad rocket attack as 'terrorist act'

Nov. 18, 2020 9:09 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister Wednesday condemned a rocket attack in the capital a day earlier, calling it a “terrorist act," and said combat operations by the U.S.-led coalition will cease once troop withdrawals take place in the coming weeks. Fuad Hussein's comments came hours after...

Iraq, Saudi Arabia reopen key border crossing after decades

Nov. 18, 2020 6:39 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reopened the main border crossing for trade between the two nations after three decades of closure, Iraq's border authority said on Wednesday. The Arar crossing was shuttered in 1990s, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait after which Riyadh cut all ties with Iraq....

Iraqi military says rocket attack in Baghdad kills child

Nov. 17, 2020 4:38 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Rockets struck Iraq's capital Tuesday with four landing inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq’s military said, killing a child and wounding at least five people, signaling an end to an informal truce announced by Iran-backed militias in October. Two Iraqi security officials...

Iraqi security officials say two Katyusha rockets hit inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone near U.S. Embassy

Nov. 17, 2020 2:53 PM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say two Katyusha rockets hit inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone near U.S. Embassy.
Security forces prevent anti-government protesters from setting up sit in tents in Basra, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani}

Protester killed in southern Iraq as tensions flare again

Nov. 6, 2020 2:00 PM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security forces opened fire during clashes with hundreds of protesters in the southern city of Basra on Friday, killing one demonstrator and wounding several others as tensions flared once again, hospital officials said. The clashes erupted after some of the protesters tried to set...

A protester waves an Iraqi flag while Security forces surround the protest site during ongoing anti-government protests in Basra, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Iraq ratifies new election law, paving way for early vote

Nov. 5, 2020 11:11 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president ratified on Thursday a new election law aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament, paving the way for early elections next year. President Barham Saleh stressed the need for free, fair and transparent balloting that would restore...

Security forces remove protesters' tents in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Iraqi security forces reopened Saturday Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the long-running anti-government protest movement and Al-Jumhuriyah Bridge, which was sealed off by protesters since the protests began in October last year. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq clears sit-in square, a year after mass protests began

Oct. 31, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Saturday cleared out sit-in tents from the capital's central square that has been the epicenter of the anti-government protest movement, a year after the eruption of demonstrations against corruption led to months of clashes with authorities across Iraq. More than...

A youth holds a photograph of France's President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second attack on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his attitude to Islam and Muslims, which prompted France to recall its ambassador to Ankara, Erdogan took aim at foreign critics. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

Oct. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and protests, as a clash over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and the limits of free speech intensified. Kuwaiti stores pulled French yogurts and bottles of sparkling...