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Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

By NICK PERRY Associated Press BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the ...

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 ...

Royal reset: Harry, Meghan aim to control their media image

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The relationship between Britain's royals and the media is awkward, mistrustful — and seemingly inescapable. But now Meghan and Harry want out. After years of growing tension with the press, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced plans ...

8 Nigerian soldiers killed by extremists in northeast

By HARUNA UMAR Associated Press MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — At least eight Nigerian soldiers were killed in Monguno, a town in the country's northeast, after extremists staged a deadly attack, according to a witness. Members of the Islamic State, West African Province ambushed a convoy of ...

Iran supreme leader weeps for general killed by US airstrike

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader wept Monday over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, his prayers joining the wails of mourners who flooded the streets of Tehran demanding retaliation against America ...

Iranian leader’s tears a sign of respect for slain general

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a rare display of emotion from the typically reserved and measured supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cried openly Monday at the funeral of slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani, his most important military commander ...

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 ...