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New protests as Iran makes first arrests over downed airliner Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

HONG KONG, (AFP): Iran announced Tuesday its first arrests over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet, as protesters vented their anger over the catastrophic blunder for a fourth consecutive day. Making matters worse for the sanctions-hit country, Britain, France and Germany..

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Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake Saturday, January 11th, 2020

By NASSER KARIMI and JOSEPH KRAUSS, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Saturday acknowledged that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations and..

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US announces new sanctions on Iran after missile strikes Friday, January 10th, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP): The Trump administration on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week’s missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on U.S. bases in Iraq. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior..

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Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

By NASSER KARIMI, AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops in a major escalation that brought the two longtime foes..

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Dozens killed in stampede at Iran general’s funeral

TEHRAN, (AFP): Dozens of people were crushed to death in a stampede Tuesday during a massive funeral procession for a top Iranian general assassinated in a US drone strike. The tragedy came as grieving crowds packed the hometown of Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, a hugely popular..

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Was the drone attack on Iranian general an assassination? Friday, January 3rd, 2020

By JOHN DANISZEWSKI, NEW YORK (AP): After Friday’s targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, newsrooms struggled with the question: Had the United States just carried out an assassination? And should news stories about the killing use that term? The AP Stylebook, considered a news..

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Iran says powerful general killed in US airstrike in Iraq Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and ZEINA KARAM, BAGHDAD (AP): An airstrike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack..

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US hits pro-Iran group with deadly strikes in Iraq, Syria Sunday, December 29th, 2019

BAGHDAD, (AFP): The US has carried out air strikes against a pro-Iran militant group in Iraq, killing 19 fighters, two days after a rocket attack that killed an American civilian contractor. The Pentagon said on Sunday it targeted weapons caches or command and control facilities linked to Kata'ib..

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Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drills Friday, December 27th, 2019

Tehran (AFP): Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran's flotilla announced. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions since the United States withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with..

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15 killed in Baghdad square as assailants fire live rounds Friday, December 6th, 2019

SAMYA KULLAB and MURTADA FARAJ, BAGHDAD (AP): Iraqi officials say 15 people have been killed in Baghdad’s Khilani Square as unknown assailants fired live ammunition from cars. Security and medical officials say at least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from..

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Iran state TV says ‘rioters’ shot and killed amid protests Monday, December 2nd, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Iranian state television on Tuesday acknowledged security forces shot and killed what it described as “rioters” in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set gasoline prices — the first time that authorities have..

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Iraqi crackdown kills 28 protesters after Iran mission torched Thursday, November 28th, 2019

BAGHDAD, (AFP): Southern Iraq was in bloody upheaval Thursday after a government crackdown killed 28 protesters and thousands defied a curfew to join funeral marches, following the dramatic torching of an Iranian consulate. Iraq's capital and south have been rocked by the worst street unrest since..

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Iran says protesters attacked hundreds of banks, blaming US Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Protesters angry over government-set gasoline prices spiking in Iran attacked hundreds of banks, police outposts and gas stations in the demonstrations, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday as its supreme leader alleged without evidence that a..

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Baghdad bombings kill 5 as Iraqis protest government Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

By SAMYA KULLAB and MURTADA FARAJ, BAGHDAD (AP): Three simultaneous explosions rocked Baghdad late Tuesday, killing five people and wounding more than a dozen, Iraqi officials said, in the first apparent coordinated attack since anti-government protests erupted nearly two months ago. It was not..

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Israel’s Netanyahu charged in corruption cases Thursday, November 21st, 2019

By ARON HELLER and JOSEF FEDERMAN, JERUSALEM (AP): Israel’s attorney general on Thursday formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader’s grip on..

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Will the Coronavirus Cause a Major Growth Slowdown in China? Monday, January 27th, 2020

The panic generated by the new coronavirus, 2019-nCov, which originated in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities and a major domestic transport hub, reminds many of the..