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Turkey says it won't bow to US threat over its Syria plans

Oct. 8, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to limit the scope of its expected assault. Trump said earlier this week the United States would step...

The Latest: Turkey sends reinforcements to border with Syria

Oct. 8, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Turkey is continuing to reinforce its border with Syria as it prepares to launch a military...

Iran's FM says Saudi will be 'companion' if ends Yemen war

Oct. 8, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says his country could turn into a "companion" for Saudi Arabia if the kingdom ends its war in Yemen, where the archrivals support opposite sides. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Tuesday Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying if Saudi Arabia solved "problems...

The Latest: UN chief urges 'maximum restraint' in NE Syria

Oct. 7, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:00 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging "maximum restraint" by all parties in Syria's conflict, ahead of what Turkey says is its imminent offensive into the country's northeast. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said...

Syria's Kurds stand to lose all gains from US pullout

Oct. 7, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault. U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt...

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

Oct. 6, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over U.S. sanctions. The South Pars field deal,...

Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal

Oct. 2, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the United States withdrew last year. Rouhani said the plan included preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,...

Iranian official denies plans to interfere with US election

Sep. 28, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is denying his country would interfere with the upcoming U.S. presidential election and says his government doesn't have a preference in the race. In an interview to air Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Zarif also accuses the U.S. of...

Iran slams US for barring Zarif from New York hospital visit

Sep. 28, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran slammed the United States on Saturday for what it called an "inhumane" decision to bar its foreign minister, who was attending the U.N. summit meetings in New York, from visiting a hospitalized Iranian diplomat in the city. U.S. authorities were not allowing Iranian Foreign...

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Sep. 27, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Russia's foreign minister is calling the dispute over the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president "overblown," and is strongly denying House Speaker Nancy...