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US troops clear rubble from Iraq base days after Iran strike

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press AIN AL-ASAD BASE, Iraq (AP) — U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq on Monday, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two ...

Lava gushes from volcano near Manila; tens of thousands flee

By JOEAL CALUPITAN and JIM GOMEZ Associated Press TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as tens of thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash and frightening tremors. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse ...

US points to dissent in Iran in wake of deadly drone strike

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other administration officials joined President Donald Trump in trying to draw attention to dissent in Iran instead of lingering questions about the scale of the threat used to justify a drone ...

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake

By NASSER KARIMI and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran's Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility ...

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 ...