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Pompeo in Lebanon to talk Hezbollah amid Golan condemnation

Mar. 22, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted U.S. concerns about Hezbollah's "destabilizing activities" in Lebanon and the region in talks with Lebanese leaders on Friday, amid strong regional condemnation of President Donald Trump's declaration that it's time the U.S. recognized Israel's...

Pompeo heads to Lebanon, where Hezbollah is at peak strength

Mar. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even from America's local allies, who fear that pushing too hard could spark a backlash and endanger the tiny country's...

Turkey announces operation against Kurdish rebels

Mar. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has announced a military operation against Kurdish militants along its eastern border with Iran. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says the operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, began Monday. He described it as a joint operation with Iran, but Iran's...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

Iran's Rouhani urges Iranians to 'put all your curses' on US

Mar. 18, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday urged Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, reiterating his long-standing charge that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the country's ailing economy. President Hassan Rouhani's remarks were meant to deflect criticism...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot...

Iran's president inaugurates new gas projects

Mar. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated a new phase in the development of a massive natural gas field. State TV on Sunday quoted the CEO of the South Pars gas field company, Mohammad Meshkinfam, as saying the development will allow Iran to overtake Qatar in the production of...

Lawyer: US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 years

Mar. 16, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it...

The Latest: Indonesian president condemns mosque attacks

Mar. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on global reaction to the deadly shootings in two mosques in New Zealand (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Indonesia's president Joko has condemned the violence that took place in two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city in which at least 49 people died. "Indonesia...

Iranian president meets Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric

Mar. 13, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has met with Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric — the first such meeting for an Iranian leader. The report says Rouhani met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on the third and last day of his official visit to Iraq....