Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions

Health 05/18/19, 13:07

Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency.Jamil Jabak told ...

Mounting tensions with Iran, China leave oil prices in flux

Business 05/17/19, 15:10

A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, ...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

World 05/17/19, 13:57

A U.N. official and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold.The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated ...

Small plane crashes near Dubai’s busy airport, killing 4

World 05/16/19, 23:33

A small plane involved in upgrading a runway at Dubai International Airport crashed Thursday night, killing four people and halting traffic at the world's busiest airport for international travel for nearly an hour.Authorities gave no explanation for what caused the ...

Eurovision Song Contest decides this year’s final lineup

Europe 05/16/19, 16:20

The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe's best pop act, following the event's second semifinal Thursday.The countries advancing to the cumulative show, held Saturday in Tel Aviv, are Netherlands, Sweden, ...

Congressional leaders get classified briefing on Iran

Politics 05/16/19, 13:43

Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House's claims of rising threats in the Middle East. The briefing Thursday with the so-called Gang of Eight comes after Democratic ...

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

World 05/16/19, 12:09

Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the ...

EXPLAINS: Science of uranium enrichment amid Iran tension

World 05/16/19, 03:31

Iran made a veiled threat this week to enrich uranium stocks closer to weapon-grade levels amid rising tensions in the region. That would mean going beyond the level of potency allowed by the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, which the ...

Sudanese protesters criticize military for suspending talks

Africa 05/16/19, 03:12

Sudanese opposition leaders behind protests that drove President Omar al-Bashir from power last month are criticizing the ruling military council for unilaterally suspending negotiations with their representatives over a peaceful transfer of power to civilian rule.The Sudanese Professionals Association, which ...

Turkish, Iraqi leaders discuss military cooperation

Europe 05/15/19, 14:46

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and Iraq have discussed a possible deal to increase military and security cooperation between the neighboring countries.Erdogan spoke to reporters after meetings with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday.Erdogan also said ...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

World 05/15/19, 10:48

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew ...

Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

World 05/15/19, 10:29

Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel's creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, ...

Update: Kremlin says Pompeo didn’t ease Moscow concerns

Europe 05/15/19, 05:22

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Middle East amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The Kremlin's spokesman said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't offer President Vladimir ...

Sudan’s army, protesters strike some deals in negotiations

World 05/15/19, 04:15

Sudan's ruling generals and the protesters who drove President Omar al-Bashir from power last month say they're making progress in negotiations and have agreed on the length of the country's transition period.The two sides, which have been at odds over ...

Researchers: Iran-linked disinfo effort had personal touch

Politics 05/14/19, 01:04

When an attractive young Middle Eastern woman contacted Saudi dissident Ali AlAhmed over Twitter last November, he was immediately suspicious. The Associated Press was on the verge of publishing a story about how AlAhmed, who is based in the Washington area, ...

Satellite images show oil tankers allegedly sabotaged

World 05/13/19, 22:41

New satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press show the oil tankers that Gulf officials alleged were the targets of "sabotage" off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The images, provided Tuesday by Colorado-based Maxar Technologies, show the oil tankers. ...

Dems say Trump, GOP, twisting Tlaib’s Holocaust remarks

Politics 05/13/19, 16:04

Democrats from Congress to the 2020 presidential campaign trail on Monday demanded that Republicans apologize to Rep. Rashida Tlaib for mischaracterizing her remarks about the Holocaust in the latest uproar over Muslim House members and their remarks about Israel. The Michigan ...

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