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At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies

Sep. 23, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while fending off questions about whether he sought foreign help to damage a political rival. Trump's latest U.N. trip...

Israel bans entry for most players on Gaza soccer team

Sep. 23, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is denying entry to most players on a Gaza soccer team scheduled to play a West Bank team later this week. Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency says a security check turned up information pointing to "most" of the team's "links to terrorism." It did not elaborate. Gisha, an...

Israeli president to wrap up talks on forming new government

Sep. 23, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president was holding his second and final day of crucial talks to find a new prime minister and a way out of political deadlock, as he meets Monday with the smaller parties elected in last week's vote. Reuven Rivlin will hear from the remaining party leaders their recommendations...

The Latest: Iran calls for rival Gulf 'security' coalition

Sep. 23, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Iran's president says his country will offer its own rival security coalition in the Persian Gulf, as the U.S. sends more troops to Saudi Arabia and heads its own regional military coalition. Hassan Rouhani, before...

Yemen's rebels say Saudi-led airstrike kills 7 civilians

Sep. 23, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels and tribal leaders say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed at least seven people including children, when it hit a mosque in the northwestern Amran province. The tribal leaders say the airstrike took place earlier on Monday in the district of Sawd. The...

UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities

Sep. 23, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses, while Iran's president announced...

China says Taliban envoys discussed Afghanistan peace effort

Sep. 23, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Taliban envoys visited Beijing to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan with Chinese officials, the foreign ministry said Monday. The delegation was led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and head of its political office in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. Baradar...

Greek island grapples with rising number of migrants

Sep. 23, 2019 4:08 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Security and municipal services on the Greek island of Lesbos will hold an emergency meeting Monday after administrators of a refugee camp said they were overwhelmed by the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey. The camp at Moria on the Aegean Sea island began turning away new...

Global shares slip as Iran tensions loom

Sep. 23, 2019 4:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly lower Monday as investors kept a wary eye on tensions with Iran and on prospects for a resolution of the tariffs war between China and the U.S. Germany's DAX dropped 0.7% to 12,376.50 while the CAC 40 in Paris lost 0.5% to 5,662.00. Britain's FTSE 100 gave up 0.3% to...

Egyptian officials say police kill 15 militants in Sinai

Sep. 23, 2019 3:50 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security forces say police have killed 15 suspected militants in a shootout in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. They say the shootout took place on Sunday when police raided the militants' hideout west of the Mediterranean city of el-Arish. Security...