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US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogue

Dec. 11, 2019 7:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign" against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions target Iran's state shipping line...

Iranian scientists' charges dismissed after prisoner swap

Dec. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After an Iranian scientist was released over the weekend as part of a prisoner exchange, federal prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed charges against two of his former students who were accused along with him of violating trade sanctions. Iranian officials on Saturday handed over...

Iran says it's defused large cyberattack on infrastructure

Dec. 11, 2019 7:41 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's telecommunications minister announced on Wednesday that the country has defused a massive cyberattack on unspecified “electronic infrastructure" but provided no specifics on the purported attack. According to the official IRNA news agency, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi...

No Christmas tinsel in Iraq, in solidarity with protesters

Dec. 11, 2019 1:08 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed under fire from security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators explained, to a recent decision by Iraq's Christians to call off seasonal festivities...

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians

Dec. 10, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported Tuesday, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S. A prisoner exchange over the weekend saw Iran free a Chinese-American scholar from...

Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to showcase their unity in the face of shared threats. But looming over the meeting were their frayed ties and heightened worries about Iran. For all their diverging views and...

Trump, Obama advisers say Russia, Iran remain threats to US

Dec. 10, 2019 10:24 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russia's challenge to NATO and democratic nations, as well as Iran's influence on the wider Middle East, remain two of the top threats to world peace, two former White House advisers to presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump said Tuesday. The comments by the two...

Iran ready for more prisoner swaps with US, not negotiations

Dec. 9, 2019 12:40 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is ready for more prisoner swaps with the United States, the Cabinet spokesman said Monday even as he reiterated the Iranian leadership's stance that there will be no other negotiations between Tehran and Washington. The remarks by the spokesman, Ali Rabiei, were the first after a...

Japan PM Abe says visit by Iran's Rouhani being arranged

Dec. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his country is arranging a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani because it wants to play a greater role in resolving a nuclear impasse between Tehran and Washington and in relieving tensions in the Middle East, the source of more than 80% of...

Cheney warns disengagement in Mideast benefits Iran, Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 7:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned Monday that “American disengagement” in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia, indirectly criticizing President Donald Trump's pledges to pull forces out of the region. While stressing that he's no longer...