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Iran accuses France, Germany and UK of false missile claims

Dec. 5, 2019 6:46 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran accused France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Thursday of “a desperate falsehood” for saying its missile program goes against a U.N. resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Iranian officials said...

US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

Dec. 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary for...

Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Dec. 5, 2019 1:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian state company suspended a research project with Iran because of its decision to resume enriching uranium, a move a senior official said Thursday was necessary after the U.S. canceled a waiver to allow the joint venture. The TVEL company said in a statement that Iran’s...

Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

Dec. 5, 2019 9:38 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women has sued Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family. Masih Alinejad’s...

Levinson family in court 13 years after Iran disappearance

Dec. 4, 2019 5:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Douglas Levinson recalls watching his father pack for an overseas trip. He knew the trip was to the Middle East and, at age 13, knew vaguely that this represented instability and danger. “I was worried something would happen to him,” Levinson told a Washington courtroom on...

Israeli PM, meeting Pompeo, calls for more pressure on Iran

Dec. 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday praised the tough U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying the financial pressure has sparked protests against Tehran’s influence across the region and urging even stronger action. Speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before...

Iran leader calls for ‘Islamic mercy’ after bloody crackdown

Dec. 4, 2019 12:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader called Wednesday for those detained in recent gasoline price protests to be treated with “Islamic mercy” even after authorities acknowledged government forces shot and killed demonstrators nationwide in unrest that reportedly...

Iran president: Tehran hasn’t closed window on talks with US

Dec. 4, 2019 8:44 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran hasn’t closed the window on talks with the U.S. but reiterated his government’s standing condition that the Trump administration lift sanctions imposed on Iran before any negotiations can take place. Rouhani’s statement...

Iran consulate in Iraq burns a 3rd time, amid premier talks

Dec. 3, 2019 5:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime minister following weeks of widespread unrest. Five rockets landed inside Ain al-Asad airbase, a sprawling...

Trump decries Iranian crackdown on protesters

Dec. 3, 2019 1:23 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday decried the Iranian government's crackdown on protesters, saying Tehran is killing its citizens for speaking out at demonstrations. “Iran is killing thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak," Trump said despite a much lower death count...