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Report: Iran appoints new air force commander

Sep. 19, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has appointed a pilot of Russian fighter jets to command the nation's air force, state television reported Sunday. It said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's choice is Air Force Brig. Gen. Hamid Vahedi. ...

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

Iran to allow new memory cards in UN's nuclear site cameras

Sep. 12, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran agreed Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, potentially averting a diplomatic showdown this week. The announcement by...

Iran says UN atomic agency head arriving in Tehran for talks

Sep. 11, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is arriving in the country for talks with Iranian officials. Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said in a tweet that Rafael Grossi is arriving Saturday, and will travel to...

Lebanon's new PM pledges to stabilize economic meltdown

Sep. 10, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new prime minister pledged Friday to gain control of one of the world’s worst economic meltdowns, saying lifting subsidies was a critical priority for the small country’s government formed after a year of political stalemate. It is a...

State TV: Zimbabwean ambassador to Iran dies

Sep. 09, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Zimbabwe's ambassador to Iran has died, state TV reported on Thursday. The report did not give a cause of death for Christopher Mapanga, who began his mission to Tehran in 2018. Mapanga began his mission to Tehran in 2018. Earlier, he had been...

US, Germany press for Iran to return soon to nuclear talks

Sep. 08, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The U.S. and Germany on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Iran to return soon to talks on its nuclear program, with Germany's foreign minister saying that a delay of two or three months floated by Tehran is too long. The remaining...

US Navy launches Mideast drone task force amid Iran tensions

Sep. 08, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran. Navy officials...

The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights

Sep. 07, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, called on China and Russia especially to tell the Taliban that participation of women in Afghan society and the education of girls are “non-negotiable and must...

High-level Lebanese delegation arrives in Syria to talk fuel

Sep. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A senior Lebanese government delegation asked Syria on Wednesday to allow Egyptian natural gas and Jordanian electricity to pass through its territory to ease a crippling fuel crisis that has paralyzed Lebanon. The request came during an official...