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Iraqi parliament confirms 3 new ministers, 5 seats unfilled

Dec. 18, 2018 9:57 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament confirmed three ministers to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's government Tuesday but left other key posts, including ministers of Defense and Interior, vacant as an impasse over the appointments threatened to stretch into its third month. The confirmations come two days...

Report: Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident

Dec. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol, according to the Sunday...

Pakistan summons Iran envoy over militant attack near border

Dec. 16, 2018 2:40 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has lodged a protest with Iran over the killing of six paramilitary troops who were ambushed by militants while patrolling the border. The Foreign Ministry says it summoned Iran's ambassador to demand it take action against the armed group responsible for the attack. No one has...

AP Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, US officials

Dec. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the...

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 1:35 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver,...

The Latest: Trump says he could intervene in Huawei case

Dec. 11, 2018 7:28 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest on the arrest in Canada of Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou. (all times local): 4:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he would consider intervening in the Justice Department's case against a top Chinese executive if it would be in the interest of U.S....

Yemen's warring sides said to agree on prisoner swap

Dec. 11, 2018 4:48 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Both sides in Yemen's civil war agreed Tuesday to exchange more than 15,000 prisoners by Jan. 20, a member of the rebel delegation said, in what could be the first major breakthrough in the 4-year-old conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more facing hunger....

Report: Iran sentences 3 rights lawyers to prison

Dec. 11, 2018 5:40 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, newspapers reported Tuesday. The Arman daily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an "illegal gathering" and one year for...

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

Dec. 9, 2018 10:02 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest Canada's detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei at Washington's behest and demand the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest. The official Xinhua News Agency said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng...

Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted Gulf summit amid boycott

Dec. 9, 2018 9:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of Gulf Arab countries, including those boycotting Qatar, met on Sunday in Saudi Arabia's capital for a regional summit, a gathering that Qatar's ruling emir choose not to attend amid the dispute. The absence of Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as...