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Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid internet shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Monday alternatively downplayed and demonized ongoing protests across the country that have killed at least five people and renewed pressure on the government as the country struggles under the weight of U.S. economic sanctions. The full scale of the protests,...

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...

Reports: Iran downs 'unknown' drone over Persian Gulf port

Nov. 8, 2019 10:55 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's air defense force has shot down an "unknown" drone in the country's southwest, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday. The agency said that Iranian air defense forces hit the drone in the early morning at the port city of Mahshahr, which is in the oil-rich Khuzestan...

Iran spins more centrifuges on US Embassy crisis anniversary

Nov. 4, 2019 6:44 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, linking the decision to U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement over a year ago. The announcement — which also...

Frozen in time, US Embassy a monument to Iran hostage crisis

Oct. 31, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Tehran remains frozen in 1979 as the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis approaches, a time capsule of revolutionary graffiti, Underwood typewriters and rotary telephones. The diplomatic compound was overrun by students angered when Washington allowed ousted...

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold

Oct. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After briefing...

Iran's Guard says it detains Paris-based exiled journalist

Oct. 14, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it arrested an exiled journalist who helped fan the flames of nationwide economic protests that struck the country at the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Iran's president said his country was prepared to begin using even more-advanced...

Mother of Navy veteran held in Iran says he lost appeal

Sep. 24, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mother of a U.S. Navy veteran from California sentenced to 10 years in prison by the government of Iran said Tuesday he has lost his appeal and she is worried that he is being forgotten by the U.S. government. Michael R. White was convicted of insulting Iran's supreme leader and...

Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf as tensions heightened

Sep. 22, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. Hassan Rouhani...

Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid US standoff

Sep. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that shook global energy...