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Israel condemns UN Security Council's vote on Iran embargo

Aug. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Saturday condemned the U.N. Security Council's decision not to renew a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, saying the decision would encourage Iranian aggression in the Middle East. The 15-member council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the...

Zita Robinson, left, who's 77 and diabetic, looks at her granddaughter, 8-year-old Traris

The Latest: Arizona nearing 4,500 deaths from coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona reported 933 confirmed coronavirus cases and 69 deaths on Saturday. That increases the state’s totals to more than 192,000 cases and 4,492 deaths. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased from 2,550 to 1,021 per day from July 30 to Aug. 13. The seven-day rolling...

Bencic out of US Open; 3 of 4 '19 semifinalists won't play

Aug. 15, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic became the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open, meaning three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Bencic wrote on social media on Saturday that she “made the difficult decision to skip the US...

Rows of destroyed trucks are seen at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

US says no bailout for Lebanon, calls for change

Aug. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There can be no financial bailout for Lebanon, a senior U.S. official said Saturday, calling on the country's political leaders to heed popular calls for change, real reform and an end to endemic corruption. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, said the U.S. and...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the flag of the United Arab Emirates as UAE and Israel announced they would be establishing full diplomatic ties, in Tel Aviv, Israel.Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 that there would be dangerous consequences for the United Arab Emirates after it announced a historic deal with Israel to open up diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Iran threatens 'dangerous future' for UAE after Israel deal

Aug. 15, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed Saturday there would be dangerous consequences for the United Arab Emirates after it announced a historic deal with Israel to open up diplomatic relations. The UAE is the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Poland's Minister of Defence Mariusz Blaszczak greet each other after signing the US-Poland Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw,  Poland, Saturday Aug. 15, 2020. Pompeo is on a five day visit to central Europe. (Janek Skarzynski/Pool via AP)

Pompeo inks deal to support more US troops in Poland

Aug. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

WARSAW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sealed a defense cooperation deal Saturday with Polish officials that will pave the way to deploy more American troops to Poland. Pompeo, in Warsaw at the end of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe, signed the deal with Polish Defense Minister...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi speaks to media before the

Female member of Afghan peace team survives attack by gunmen

Aug. 15, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A female member of Afghanistan's peace negotiating team was lightly wounded in an assassination attempt, officials said Saturday. Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Fawzia Koofi, who is also a former parliamentarian, was attacked Friday afternoon near the...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews record on Biden-Harris, economy

Aug. 15, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greeted the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this past week with a litany of distortion and falsehoods, raging against cases of voting fraud where they didn't exist and declining to quash conspiracy theories about Harris’...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 1945, file photo, U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. The bombs stopped falling 75 years ago, but it is entirely possible - crucial even, some argue - to view the region’s world-beating economies, its massive cultural and political reach and its bitter trade, territory and history disputes all through a single prism: Japan’s aggression in the Pacific during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)

75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past?

Aug. 15, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Northeast Asia doesn’t so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor. The bombs stopped falling 75 years ago, but it is entirely possible — crucial even, some argue — to view the region’s world-beating economies, its massive cultural and political reach...

Today in History

Aug. 15, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2020. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule. On this date: In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. In...