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US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct. 17, 2021 01:19 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were...

Court upholds new 1-year sentence for Iranian-British woman

Oct. 16, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran to another year in prison, her lawyer said Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic...

Afghan refugees leave Wisconsin for new home and new life

Oct. 16, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a 47-day journey, Momtazudin Furmoli and his family are finally headed home — a new home, 7,000 miles away from the one they left in Afghanistan as refugees. Furmoli arrived at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy on Aug. 30 with his wife, 5-year-old...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

China crackdown on Apple store hits holy book apps, Audible

Oct. 15, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

Amazon's audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, the latest examples of the impact of the country's tightened rules for internet firms. Audible said Friday that...

US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran

Oct. 13, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a “Plan B” for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Secretary of State Antony...

Israel, Sudanese officials hold rare public meeting

Oct. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Israeli and Sudanese officials held a rare public meeting on Wednesday, pledging to strengthen the nascent ties between the former adversaries, the Israeli participants said. The meeting between Sudan's justice minister, Nasredeen Abdulbari, and...

Russia offers US to lift sanctions on diplomatic missions

Oct. 12, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia offered the U.S. on Tuesday to roll back several rounds of sanctions that have hampered the activities of their diplomatic missions, and they agreed to hold another round of talks to discuss a resolution to their diplomatic tug-of-war. The Russian...

Banisadr, Iran's first president after 1979 revolution, dies

Oct. 09, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for challenging the growing power of clerics as the nation became a theocracy, died Saturday. He was 88. Among a sea of...

Iran FM says more talks needed with rival Saudi Arabia

Oct. 08, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Friday that more talks with regional archrival Saudi Arabia are needed for Tehran and Riyadh to improve ties but that negotiations so far have been heading in the right direction. The comments by Iran's top diplomat, Hossein...