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US sending troops to Mideast amid Gulf tensions over Iran

Jun. 18, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as tensions in the Persian Gulf mounted Tuesday over Iran's announcement it will not comply with the international agreement that keeps it from making nuclear weapons. At the same time, Iran insisted it was not seeking war. Iran's...

What China, North Korea are looking to achieve with summit

Jun. 18, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons. Here's a look at what...

Nuclear changes, more troops heighten US-Iran tensions

Jun. 18, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Iran edged toward a flashpoint Monday as Tehran announced it was breaking compliance with the accord that keeps it from making nuclear weapons and the Trump administration followed by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. The Pentagon said the deployment includes...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia say it intercepted 2 Houthi drones

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 7 a.m. A Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom has intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Col. Turki al-Maliki made...

Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, US sends troops

Jun. 17, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington. Hours...

EU to wait for official report on Iranian compliance

Jun. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union said Monday that it will consider Iran to be complying with its obligations under a global nuclear deal up until the point scientific evidence emerges that it has breached its commitments. Hours after Iran said it could break the uranium stockpile limit set by the 2015...

AP EXPLAINS: Iran's nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels

Jun. 17, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran announced it will exceed the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, further escalating tensions in the Mideast. The June 27 deadline comes ahead of another, July 7 deadline for Europe to come up with better terms...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

Jun. 17, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers around the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world...

Crew members of targeted Norwegian-owned tanker now in Dubai

Jun. 15, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran as the other tanker targeted in the assault limped into anchorage off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Both the mariners'...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's...