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Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships "at any moment's notice" to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should violence break out, reflecting Asia's ...

Australia to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to fight wildfires

By NICK PERRY and KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's government said Monday it was willing to pay "whatever it takes" to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was committing an ...

5.8-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damaging homes

By DANICA COTO Associated Press GUÁNICA, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been shaking ...

‘A more dangerous world’: Iran killing triggers global alarm

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Global powers warned Friday that the world has become a more dangerous place and urged restraint after the U.S. assassinated Iran's top general, although Britain and Germany also suggested that Iran shared blame for provoking the targeted ...

Iran vows ‘harsh’ response to US killing of top general

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted ...

Oil price jumps on fear of Iranian retaliation against US

By CARLO PIOVANO Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The price of oil surged Friday as global investors were gripped with uncertainty over the potential repercussions after the United States killed Iran's top general. News that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed ...

Australian prime minister is jeered in wildfire-ravaged zone

By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison was confronted by angry residents who cursed and insulted him Thursday as he visited a wildfire-ravaged corner of the country. Locals in Cobargo, in New South Wales, yelled at him, made obscene ...

Co-creator defends suspected UAE spying app called ToTok

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — If the popular ToTok video and voice calling app is a spying tool of the United Arab Emirates, that's news to its co-creator. Giacomo Ziani defended his work in an interview with The Associated Press and said he had no ...

Lebanon receives Interpol notice for ex-Nissan fugitive

By BASSEM MROUE and AJ NADDAFF Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol issued a wanted notice Thursday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges in a dramatic escape that has confounded and ...

Attack on US Embassy exposes widening US-Iraq divide on Iran

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Year's Eve attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has exposed a deepening divide between the United States and Iraq over Iran's role there, even as the Pentagon embarks on a more aggressive mission to counter ...

Turkish lawmakers authorize sending troops to fight in Libya

By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that is battling forces loyal to a rival government seeking to capture the capital. Turkish lawmakers voted ...

Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes with American security forces, but U.S.-Iran tensions remain high and could spill over into further ...

Baghdad embassy attack prompts Pompeo to delay Ukraine visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The breach of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to postpone his trip to Ukraine and four other countries. Pompeo was to arrive in Ukraine late Thursday in his first visit to the country at the center of President Donald Trump's ...

Police, protesters clash in New Year’s rally in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year's Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators. Police said they arrested some 400 people for unlawful ...

Global air crash deaths fall by more than half in 2019

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019, according to a report by an aviation consulting firm. The To70 consultancy said Wednesday that 257 people died in eight fatal accidents in ...

Attack on US Embassy in Iraq shows stark choices for Trump

By ROBERT BURNS and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-supported militiamen Tuesday is a stark demonstration that Iran can still strike at American interests despite President Donald Trump's economic pressure ...

Protesters attack US Embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area in ...

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, LORI HINNANT and RENATA BRITO Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for ...

Ex-Nissan chief skips bail, flees Japan to avoid ‘injustice’

By YURI KAGEYAMA and SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn skipped bail while awaiting trial in Japan on allegations of financial misconduct, confounding authorities by showing up in Lebanon, where he announced Tuesday that he had fled to avoid ...

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to US strikes

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian-backed Iraqi militia vowed Monday to retaliate for U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 of its fighters and wounded dozens, raising concerns of new attacks that could threaten American interests in the ...