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Trump ups Iran accusations, says 4 US embassies targeted

By BEN FOX Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on ...

US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk ...

As Iran and US take step back from the brink, Canada grieves

By ROB GILLIES and TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The worst had passed, it seemed, and the United States and Iran no longer appeared poised at the edge of war. "All is well!" President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night, days after a U.S. drone strike killed Iran's most ...

US blames Iran for Ukrainian jetliner downing, pledges probe

By NASSER KARIMI, JOSEPH KRAUSS and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. promised "appropriate action" Friday in response to its assessment that an Iranian missile was responsible for downing a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed outside Tehran, as the Iranian government ...

US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead ...

Royal courtiers chart path for Prince Harry’s independence

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has moved quickly to take control of the crisis surrounding the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to distance themselves from the royal family, ordering royal courtiers to sort out a ...

Verified videos show plane in Iran struck before fiery crash

TAMER FAKAHANY undefined LONDON (AP) — In the pitch black, pre-dawn sky on the outskirts of the Iranian capital Tehran, a tiny fast-moving light can be seen racing up through the trees, as someone films from the ground. Then there is a flash of light as it seems to collide with something in ...

US officials: ‘Highly likely’ Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner

By LOLITA C. BALDOR and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday it was "highly likely" that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. They suggested it could well have been a mistake. The ...

Anti-establishment views unite, divide Hong Kong protesters

By DAKE KANG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Trump signs, Pepe the Frog graffiti and British and American flags have become a common sight at Hong Kong's anti-government protests — and an unsettling one to longtime democracy activists on the left. Beijing has seized on the images to ...

Iran sends mixed signals as tensions with US ease

By AMIR VAHDAT and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sent mixed signals Thursday as tensions with the U.S. appeared to ease, with President Hassan Rouhani warning of a "very dangerous response" if the U.S. makes "another mistake" and a senior commander vowing "harsher ...