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Palestinians stage protests against Mideast peace conference

Jun. 24, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

HALHUL, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians protested throughout the West Bank against this week's economic conference in Bahrain that will kick off the Trump administration's plan for Mideast peace. Palestinians on Monday poured into the streets of West Bank cities, from Hebron to Nablus, many...

The Latest: Trump tightens sanctions on Iran

Jun. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): Noon President Donald Trump has signed an executive order targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions. Trump says the supreme leader is responsible for Iran's...

The Latest: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Jun. 24, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the 2026 Olympics vote (all times local): 6 p.m. Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo. International Olympic Committee members voted for the Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from Sweden that also included a bobsled track in...

After big win, new Istanbul mayor hopes to mend party fences

Jun. 24, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Voters in Istanbul delivered a stunning victory to Turkey's secular opposition in a repeat election for mayor Sunday. The opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, finished way ahead, breaking the grip of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party on Turkey's most important city. Here's a look at...

President Donald Trump signs order targeting Iran's supreme leader and associates with additional financial sanctions

Jun. 24, 2019 12:01 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signs order targeting Iran's supreme leader and associates with additional financial sanctions.

The Latest: Pompeo in UAE after Saudi visit to discuss Iran

Jun. 24, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 7:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in the United Arab Emirates after meetings in Saudi Arabia aimed at building a global coalition to counter Iran. Pompeo...

Cyprus minister: Turkey complicit in migrant trafficking

Jun. 24, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' interior minister is accusing Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots of helping to traffick migrants to the internationally recognized southern part of the ethnically split island nation. Constantinos Petrides told state radio Monday it's "now certain" that a mass influx of...

US pushes Palestinian economic plan amid doubts, hostility

Jun. 24, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Despite withering criticism, charges of hypocrisy and outright rejection from the intended beneficiaries, the Trump administration is plowing ahead with a $50 billion economic proposal to aid the Palestinians and hopes it will drive a much-anticipated but unseen Mideast peace plan....

For Turkey's Erdogan, a challenge in former stronghold

Jun. 24, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hasn't lost many elections since the conservative party he co-founded took control of the government in 2002. But the party's rare defeat in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, was a political and personal setback for the country's leader. Opposition...

Russian and Egyptian ministers discuss closer ties

Jun. 24, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian and Egyptian foreign and defense ministers have discussed ways to expand military and security ties between the two nations. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow is ready to continue helping...