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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by Oman's Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, left, upon his arrival in the Oman capital of Muscat, Friday Feb. 21, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo meets with Oman's new ruler amid US pressure on Iran

Feb. 21, 2020 9:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Friday with the new ruler of Oman, a Gulf Arab country that has close ties with both Washington and Tehran and that has previously provided a back channel for talks between the adversaries. Pompeo's stop in Oman to meet Sultan...

An American Airlines plane taxis past parked Alaska Airlines planes, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FAA allows US civilian flights to resume over Persian Gulf

Feb. 15, 2020 2:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that American civilian flights can resume operations over much of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, loosening restrictions announced five weeks ago amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center left, and Defense Minister Taro Kono clap during a send-off ceremony for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force for the Middle East in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The Japanese destroyer Takanami with some 200 sailors departed Sunday for the Middle East to ensure the safety of the country's oil tankers in waters where tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high. Abe called the waters “a lifeline that supports the lives of the Japanese people.

Japanese warship heads to Middle East to protect tankers

Feb. 2, 2020 1:52 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese warship departed Sunday for the Middle East to ensure the safety of the country's oil tankers in waters where tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high. The destroyer Takanami with some 200 sailors left Japan's main naval base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Its main task is primarily...

People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Iran on Saturday, Jan. 11, acknowledged that its armed forces

Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet

Jan. 21, 2020 1:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. The new preliminary report by Iran's Civil...

Anti-war activists stage a rally against the South Korean government's decision to send troops to Hormuz Strait, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. South Korean government on Tuesday said in a press release that the government had decided to send troops to Hormuz Strait to protect South Korean citizens and guarantee the freedom of navigation in the region. The sign reads

S. Korea naval unit to expand operations to Strait of Hormuz

Jan. 21, 2020 1:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean anti-piracy unit has temporarily expanded its mission to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital global oil route at the center of soaring tensions between Iran and the United States. South Korea’s Defense Ministry announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it was meant...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

U.S. soldiers and journalists inspect the rubble at a site of Iranian bombing, in Ain al-Asad air base, Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

US warns vessels transiting Gulf amid tensions with Iran

Jan. 13, 2020 11:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States on Tuesday warned of threats to commercial vessels in and around the Persian Gulf in the wake of its confrontation with Iran. Tensions have soared since the U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general and the...

In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi King Salman, right, receives Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

Japan's Abe meets Saudi king amid threats in Persian Gulf

Jan. 12, 2020 10:50 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman on Sunday as part of a tour of oil-producing Gulf Arab states aimed at promoting peace amid a spike in tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Japan has a deep alliance with the United States, but it...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2019, file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province.  Abe will go ahead with a planned visit to the Middle East this weekend despite the crisis in the region, a spokesman said Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Wang Zhao/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japan's Abe to go ahead with Mideast visit despite crisis

Jan. 10, 2020 1:52 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister still plans to visit the Middle East starting Saturday despite the crisis in the region, a spokesman said. Japan is also expected to deploy a warship and a maritime reconnaissance aircraft to protect its shipping interests in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, bodies of victims of a Ukrainian plane crash are collected by rescue team at the scene of the crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Two U.S. officials said Thursday that it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. President Donald Trump is suggesting he believes Iran was responsible. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Airlines facing scrutiny for flying in Iran after barrage

Jan. 9, 2020 8:24 PM EST

Airlines are coming under increasing scrutiny for continuing to fly in Iran after a missile barrage and warnings by U.S. safety regulators about the dangerous conditions. American, British and Canadian officials said Thursday it is “highly likely” that Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran...