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Iran field narrows as candidates quit on campaign's last day

Jun. 16, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidential contest headed toward a showdown between the country's hard-line judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief on Wednesday, as two candidates dropped out on the last day of campaigning to clear a path for the challengers. ...

Arab League backs calls for UN intervention in dam dispute

Jun. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Arab foreign ministers on Tuesday backed calls for the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a lingering dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building on Nile River’s main tributary. The move, announced at...

EU sees progress on key obstacles at Iran nuclear talks

Jun. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — A top European diplomat said Tuesday he believes international negotiations with Iran will ultimately succeed in re-imposing limits on its nuclear program, but indicated that more time may be needed. Enrique Mora, who is coordinating the talks in Vienna,...

Iran presidential candidate urges better ties with West

Jun. 15, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent contender in Iran’s presidential election appealed Tuesday for better economic and political relations with the West, his most extensive attempt yet to attract reformist voters just days ahead of the poll. Former Iranian Central Bank...

Saudi man accused of participating in rebellion executed

Jun. 15, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his alleged participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites. A leading rights group said his trial, however, was “deeply flawed.” ...

Analysis: Subdued Iran vote will still impact wider Mideast

Jun. 15, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's presidential election on Friday, though likely more a coronation for a hard-line candidate long cultivated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, still carries implications for a wider Middle East already roiled by years of tensions between...

The Latest: Vaccinated Hawaiian positive for delta variant

Jun. 14, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Hawaii says a vaccinated Oahu resident who traveled to Nevada last month has tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19. The delta variant was first detected in India and is a more transmissible version of the disease. The variant currently makes up 6%...

US, Russia envoys discuss Iran nuclear deal ahead of summit

Jun. 14, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Delegations from Russia and the United States involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran held talks in Vienna on Monday, two days ahead of a summit meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The United States is not...

Many Iranians fear vote will underscore their powerlessness

Jun. 14, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians this week are preparing to vote in — or perhaps to boycott — a presidential election that many fear will only underscore their powerlessness to shape the country's fate. Hopefuls are running to replace the term-limited President Hassan...

With surge in virus, Oman faces shortage of hospital beds

Jun. 14, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Coronavirus infections are surging in the Gulf Arab state of Oman, where health officials warned Monday that hospitals now face an acute shortage of beds amid a lagging vaccine rollout, the spread of highly transmissible variants and relaxed movement...