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Pompeo meets with Oman's new ruler amid US pressure on IranU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with the new ruler of Oman, a Gulf Arab country that has close ties with both Washington and Tehran and has previously provided a back channel for talks between the adversaries
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Erdogan phones 2 European leaders, wants end to Idlib pushTurkey's President has spoken with two European leaders by phone and called for an end to a Syrian government offensive on the last rebel stronghold in the country that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people
The Associated Press2 hours ago
A photographer takes photos near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored at a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking since Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Israel says cruise passenger flown home from Japan has virusIsraeli health officials say one of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Voters with face masks fill out their ballots in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. Also looming over the election is the threat of the new coronavirus, which has been confirmed in five people in Iran this week, including two elderly citizens who died in the city of Qom. Concerns over the spread of the virus, which originated in central China, prompted authorities in Iran to close all schools and Shiite seminaries in Qom. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirusIran has reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and says the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Iran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed casesIran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed cases
The Associated Press4 hours ago
People take to the streets in the capital Algiers to protest against the government, for the 50th Friday running, in Algeria, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)
Algeria on cusp of change as protest movement marks one yearAlgeria's peaceful “smile revolution” brought down the long-time president of Africa's largest country along with his powerful entourage
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Voters register to cast their vote during the parliament elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iran votes in parliament elections that favor conservativesIranians are voting for a new parliament, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership at the time of a sanctions-linked economic downturn and diplomatic isolation
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Libya's warring parties resume talks in Geneva A U.N. spokesman says that Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Israel calls on Belgium to scrap parade over anti-SemitismIsrael has called on Belgium to scrap a Carnival parade this weekend after last year's featured a float with anti-Semitic caricatures
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Battles intensify near strategic Yemeni portYemeni officials say a flare-up in violence near a strategic port in Yemen killed at least 18 fighters over the past day
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Israeli prosecutors announce criminal investigation into Netanyahu challenger's failed company, jolting election.Israeli prosecutors announce criminal investigation into Netanyahu challenger's failed company, jolting election.
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Boat carrying 91 migrants goes missing in Mediterranean The U.N. migration agency and a crisis hotline say that a rubber dinghy packed with 91 migrants that set out from Libyan shores in hopes of reaching Europe has apparently gone missing in the Mediterranean
The Associated Press21 hours ago
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