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FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk on the campus at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. The Education Department released a report Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, amid its effort to enforce a 1986 law requiring U.S. universities to disclose gifts and contracts from foreign sources. The department’s findings are primarily based on investigations it has opened at 12 schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Georgetown universities. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Feds say US colleges 'massively' underreport foreign funding

Oct. 20, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

A scathing report from the Trump administration on Tuesday concluded that top U.S. universities have “massively underreported” funding they accept from China, Russia and other nations described as “foreign adversaries.” The Education Department released the report amid its effort to...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2020. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L....

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

Oct. 18, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States, which insists the ban remains in place. While Iran says it...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Official: Turkey holds man suspected of spying for UAE

Oct. 16, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish intelligence has arrested a man suspected of spying on Arab dissidents in Turkey on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, a senior Turkish government official said Friday. The suspect, who has not been identified, allegedly infiltrated expatriate Arab dissident and journalist...

UN aid chief: Funding shortage cuts aid to 4 million Yemenis

Oct. 15, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A funding shortage has cut off aid to 4 million Yemenis and experts are increasingly worried that “the window to prevent famine” in the war-torn country is closing quickly, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday. Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that aid...

Yemeni prisoners chant slogans during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen's warring sides kick off largest prisoner swap to date

Oct. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring sides on Thursday kicked off a long-awaited, U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, an unprecedented release of detainees amid a conflict that has spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The exchange came a day after Yemen's Iran-backed rebels freed two Americans and...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, center, and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer, speak during a new round of talks by Yemen's warring parties in Amman, Jordan.  Yemen’s warring sides on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020,  started U.N.-brokered peace consultations in Switzerland to exchange prisoners, the United Nations said, part of a long-delayed deal aiming to end a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and set off the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

2 US citizens released by Iran-backed militants in Yemen

Oct. 14, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Americans and the remains of a third held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released on Wednesday in exchange for the return of about 250 of the Houthi rebels from Oman, according to the White House and sources in the region. Oman’s state news said the American...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

Oct. 13, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over their abysmal human rights records, but another target, Saudi Arabia, lost. Russia and Cuba were running unopposed, but China and Saudi Arabia were in...

Saudi Arabia presides over G-20 interfaith forum

Oct. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is presiding over a virtual global interfaith forum that began on Tuesday, with participation from Muslim clerics, Jewish rabbis, Christian priests and others religious figures. The kingdom is hosting the online event as part of its presidency this year of...