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Saudi prince's new title key to dodging lawsuit over killing

Nov. 18, 2022 16:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It raised eyebrows six weeks ago when Saudi Arabia’s aged king, Salman, named his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as prime minister. The kingdom’s laws designate the king as prime minister. King Salman had to declare a temporary exception to loan out the title, and at...

CIA director warns Russian spy chief against deploying nukes

Nov. 14, 2022 12:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Bill Burns met on Monday with his Russian intelligence counterpart to warn of consequences if Russia were to deploy a nuclear weapon in Ukraine, according to a White House National Security Council official. The official, who was not authorized to...

AP source: Trump ally appears before Mar-a-Lago grand jury

Nov. 04, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close ally of former President Donald Trump who has said he was present as Trump declassified broad categories of materials has appeared before a federal grand jury after being given immunity for his testimony, according to a person familiar with the matter. ...

North Korea keeps up its missile barrage with launch of ICBM

Nov. 03, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea added to its barrage of recent weapons tests on Thursday, firing at least three missiles including an intercontinental ballistic missile that forced the Japanese government to issue evacuation alerts and temporarily halt trains. The launches...

Officials: Saudis tell US that Iran may attack the kingdom

Nov. 02, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia has shared intelligence with American officials that suggests Iran could be preparing for an imminent attack on the kingdom, three U.S. officials said Tuesday. The heightened concerns about a potential attack on Saudi Arabia come as the Biden...

White House: NKorea covertly shipping artillery to Russia

Nov. 02, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday accused North Korea of covertly shipping a “significant number” of artillery shells to Russia in support of its invasion of Ukraine. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. believes North Korea is “trying to...

US: Iranian troops in Crimea backing Russian drone strikes

Oct. 20, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday that Iranian troops are “directly engaged on the ground” in Crimea supporting Russian drone attacks on Ukraine's power stations and other key infrastructure, claiming it has troubling evidence of Tehran's deepening role assisting Russia as it...

After raising hope, Biden still lacks climate migration plan

Oct. 19, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden issued what was widely hailed as a landmark executive order calling for the U.S. government to study and plan for the impact of climate change on migration. And less than a year later, his administration released the first U.S....

Report urges improvements in US approach to hostage cases

Sep. 28, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration should create an additional senior-level position at the White House National Security Council to focus on cases of Americans who are wrongfully detained in foreign countries, and give more power and funding to an FBI-led interagency office tasked with...

Bank directors urge firing of Trump official in ethics probe

Sep. 23, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Executive directors of the Inter-American Development Bank voted unanimously Thursday to recommend firing a former Trump official as president of the Washington-based institution, a person familiar with the vote said. The move came after an investigation conducted at...