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Iran envoy: 'All-out war' to result if hit for Saudi attack

Sep. 19, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets....

The Latest: Top Iranian officials get US visas for UN event

Sep. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:29 a.m. Iran says its president and foreign minister have received visas from the United States to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. A spokesman at Iran's mission to the U.N said...

Rose Garden setting for Trump's second state dinner

Sep. 19, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It'll be an alfresco Rose Garden soiree for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as the White House throws its first state dinner in more than a year. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are hosting Morrison for a state visit on Friday. There will be a pomp-filled...

US expels 2 Cuban diplomats, citing 'influence operations'

Sep. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expelling two Cuban diplomats and is restricting travel of members of Cuba's permanent mission to the United Nations days before world leaders gather for the annual U.N. General Assembly. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus says the Cuban diplomats who are being...

Rival UN resolutions on Syria cease-fire go down to defeat

Sep. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival humanitarian resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib were defeated in the Security Council Thursday, reflecting the deep divisions that have prevented the U.N.'s most powerful body from taking action to end the eight-year Syrian conflict....

Iran says top diplomat to attend UN despite visa doubts

Sep. 19, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says its foreign minister will attend next week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, amid doubts about whether the U.S. would give him a visa. The semi-official ISNA news agency says Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel on Friday. As host country of the U.N., the U.S....

AP Exclusive: US helping Venezuela's Guaido track stolen art

Sep. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating the suspected looting of valuable European and Latin American artwork they believe is being quietly plundered by Venezuelan government insiders as Nicolas Maduro struggles to maintain his grip on power. The U.S. Treasury in recent months has sought...

UN chief rejects claim he didn't condemn China over Muslims

Sep. 19, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly rejected claims by five human rights groups that he hasn't condemned the Chinese government's detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region, saying he has spoken out forcefully. "I don't think anyone has been more...

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...