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The Latest: Pentagon seeks to exempt some Iraqis from ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The Pentagon is compiling the names of Iraqis who’ve supported U.S. and coalition personnel to help exempt them from President Donald Trump’s decision to temporarily halt immigration from that Muslim-majority nation and six others. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, … Continue reading

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Russia says militants used chemical weapons in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Friday its officers have found evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants in the northern area of Aleppo where government forces are trying to regain control of areas they recently lost to insurgents. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that ministry experts have found … Continue reading

Ahmadinejad allies say Iran leader told him not to run again
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Ahmadinejad allies say Iran leader told him not to run again

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Close allies of Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose presidency was marked by confrontation with the West, said Monday that the country’s supreme leader recommended he not run in next May’s presidential election because he is a polarizing figure among hard-liners. Mohammad Reza Mirtajeddini, Ahmadinejad’s vice president from 2009 to 2013, … Continue reading

Iran says some sanctions under nuclear deal still in place
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Iran says some sanctions under nuclear deal still in place

VIENNA (AP) — Indirectly warning the United States, the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency said Monday that his country’s landmark nuclear deal with could be jeopardized by foot-dragging on sanctions relief, promised in exchange for Tehran’s commitment to curb key atomic activities. But a senior U.S. official said Washington is delivering on its commitments. … Continue reading

Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June
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Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on “humanitarian grounds” and flown out of Iran on Monday, state media reported, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services. Homa Hoodfar returned to Canada via Oman, a brief report on the state-run … Continue reading

The Latest: Turkey briefs Russia on anti-IS operation
Middle East / Politics

The Latest: Turkey briefs Russia on anti-IS operation

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Turkey’s foreign minister has spoken with his Russian counterpart about Ankara’s ongoing operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu called Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday to update him on the progress of ‘Euphrates Shield,’ Turkey’s incursion into … Continue reading