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Top Iran diplomat suggests 90-year-old Kuwait ruler is ill

Aug. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says he's praying for the "speedy recovery" of Kuwait's ruling emir, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment on Sunday on Twitter as part of a visit to the small,...

Germany charges man with spying for Iran

Aug. 16, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany say they have indicted an army employee with spying for an Iranian intelligence service. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the German-Afghan dual citizen is charged with "a particularly serious case" of treason and of breaching official secrecy...

The Latest: US to revoke visas held by crew of Iranian ship

Aug. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 4:05 a.m. The State Department says it will revoke U.S. visas for crew members on an Iranian oil tanker that was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for sanctions violations but released Thursday. The...

Iran supreme leader urges support for Yemen's Houthi rebels

Aug. 13, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV reports that the country's supreme leader is urging support for Yemen's Houthis against a Saudi-led coalition that he says is trying to "disintegrate" the country. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Mohammad Abdul Salam, the spokesman for Yemen's Ansarallah Movement, in...

Iran leader urges Muslims to block 'doomed' US peace plan

Aug. 10, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader called on all Muslims to support the Palestinian people in their opposition to the Trump administration's "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a letter Saturday marking the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, said the still-unreleased U.S....

The Latest: Strict curfew eased in Kashmir, tensions high

Aug. 9, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on Kashmir (all times local): 7 p.m. In Iran's capital, the leader of Friday prayers cautioned India over its sudden downgrading of Indian-administered Kashmir, the Hindu-majority nation's only Muslim-majority region. Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, an adviser to Iran's...

France responds to Trump criticism, free to speak on Iran

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France said Friday it doesn't need authorization to speak out on Iran issues, in a response to criticism by President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Thursday that people purporting to represent the U.S., including French President Emmanuel Macron, are giving Iran "mixed signals." He added that he...

Wife of US student held in Iran says husband 'not a spy'

Aug. 8, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of a Princeton University graduate student imprisoned in Iran said Thursday that her husband is not a spy as she appealed for international cooperation to secure his release. "I plead for the gate of mercy to be opened for him, and I hope he can come back to us as soon as...

Designated head of Europe-Iran trade entity won't take job

Aug. 8, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A former senior German diplomat who was due to head a body designed to facilitate European trade with Iran has pulled out of the job after reports he defended Tehran's ballistic missile program. Germany's Foreign Ministry confirmed a report Thursday by daily Bild that Bernd Erbel had informed...

Iran president: If US wants talks, it must lift sanctions

Aug. 6, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president reiterated Tuesday that if Washington wants to open negotiations with Tehran, it must lift all sanctions against his country "before everything else." Iranian state TV said President Hassan Rouhani made the comments during a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...