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Europeans cool on Iran coalition talk, seek de-escalation

Jun. 24, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — European officials on Monday appeared cool toward U.S. talk of building a global coalition against Iran, with the German foreign minister warning that "maximum pressure" without diplomacy increases the risks of a war and several others stressing that their priority is to de-escalate tensions...

EU fails to reach top jobs deal, will try again June 30

Jun. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to reach a deal early Friday on candidates for a full slate of the bloc's top jobs and announced a special summit for June 30 to try and break the deadlock. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the issue was still far too complicated to reconcile...

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

Jun. 18, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the...

EU fights to keep nuclear deal alive amid US, Iran pressure

Jun. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A year after the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement, the pact is at severe risk of collapse and the European Union is caught in the middle, struggling to keep supply lines open to the Islamic Republic's wilting economy under the threat of U.S. sanctions. With few real...

Nuclear changes, more troops heighten US-Iran tensions

Jun. 18, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Iran edged toward a flashpoint Monday as Tehran announced it was breaking compliance with the accord that keeps it from making nuclear weapons and the Trump administration followed by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. The Pentagon said the deployment includes...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia say it intercepted 2 Houthi drones

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 7 a.m. A Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom has intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Col. Turki al-Maliki made...

Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, US sends troops

Jun. 17, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington. Hours...

EU to wait for official report on Iranian compliance

Jun. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union said Monday that it will consider Iran to be complying with its obligations under a global nuclear deal up until the point scientific evidence emerges that it has breached its commitments. Hours after Iran said it could break the uranium stockpile limit set by the 2015...

EU set to delay membership talks with Albania, N Macedonia

Jun. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders appear set to push back the start of membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia despite warnings that further delays could undermine pro-democratic reform efforts and stability in the volatile Balkans region. The prospect of EU membership has been a powerful...

New Ukraine president calls for tougher sanctions on Russia

Jun. 5, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is urging the European Union to step up sanctions against Russia amid continued tensions in the eastern Donbass region and Crimea. After talks Wednesday with European Council President Donald Tusk, Zelenskiy thanked the bloc for its "unwavering...