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Feds: Man aided Hamas, threatened to kill Israel supporters

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal authorities say a New Jersey man sought to aid Hamas and threatened to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march.

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Xie is charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.

Key US official on Mideast peace addresses Security Council

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is warning that “nothing can be meaningfully fixed” until Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Palestinian Islamic Jihad renounce their vows to destroy Israel and stop carrying out violent acts.


p>Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s envoy of …

Tunisia frees United Nations expert suspected of espionage

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisia has freed a United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against neighboring Libya who was held for nearly two months on suspicion of espionage.


p>The U.N. office in Tunis confirmed Wednesday that Moncef Kartas was released Tuesday on a provisional basis pending further investigation and is doing …

U.S. Syria envoy 'cannot confirm' latest claim of chemical weapons in Syria

President Trump’s top envoy on Syria said Wednesday he was not prepared to verify that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is once again using chemical weapons, despite a warning from the State Department Damascus may be renewing the practice against the last anti-government rebel positions.


p>Ambassador James Jeffrey …

Official Iranian inflation rate hits 34 percent for last 12 months

Iran’s official inflation rate for the 12 months ending in mid-May reached 34.2 percent, another sign that President Trump’s pressure campaign on Tehran is having a major impact on the economy.


p>In a measure of the hardship ordinary Iranians are feeling, the Statistical Center of Iran also announced Wednesday that …

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:


May 21

The Los Angeles Times on U.S.-Iran relations:


p>Apprehensions about an imminent military confrontation between Iran and the United States have subsided for the time being, after a tense period in which the Trump administration, citing heightened threats, …

Voter turnout higher than projected for Kentucky primary

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Secretary of State’s Office says voter turnout for Kentucky’s primary election was higher than projected.


p>A statement from the office says unofficial results show that nearly 20% of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary to choose nominees in the governor’s race and other statewide …

EU police agency says operation smashed organized crime ring

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The European Union’s police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering.


p>Europol said Wednesday that more than 450 police and customs officers in …

Lawmaker says Iran doesn't want direct or proxy war with US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A prominent reformist lawmaker in Iran has reportedly said the Islamic Republic “under no circumstance” will enter a war with the U.S., either directly or through proxy forces.


p>Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh’s comments on Wednesday, reported by the semi-official ILNA news agency, come amid heightened tensions between Tehran …