Military and defense

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermon in the Friday prayers at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Iran's supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will "push a poisonous dagger" into their backs, as he struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 7:28 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, dismissing “American clowns” who he said pretend to support the Iranian nation but want to stick their "poisoned dagger” into its back. Khamenei used his...
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Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
January 17, 2020 - 7:03 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign policy chief on Friday blamed what he described as “aggressive” U.S. policies for growing global tensions, noting Washington's reluctance to extend a key nuclear arms pact. Sergey Lavrov, who serves as acting foreign minister in the wake of Wednesday's resignation of...
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Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, right, and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias shake hands before their meeting in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
January 17, 2020 - 6:09 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in war-torn Libya held meetings in Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. He will meet later with Prime...
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In this Feb. 3, 2012 photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermons of Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon on Jan. 17, 2020 in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a U.S. airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 4:38 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will “push a poisonous dagger” into their backs, as he struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the...
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Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, right, and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias shake hands before their meeting in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
January 17, 2020 - 4:26 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias after arriving for a previously...
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In this Feb. 3, 2012 photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermons of Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon on Jan. 17, 2020 in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a U.S. airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 4:12 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people, as he addressed Friday prayers In Tehran for the first time since 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. He...
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In this Feb. 3, 2012 photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermons of Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon on Jan. 17, 2020 in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a U.S. airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 4:08 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says Western countries are too weak to "bring Iranians to their knees." Addressing Friday prayers for the first time since 2012, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran was willing to negotiate, but not with the U.S. THIS IS A MAJOR NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story...
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In this Feb. 3, 2012 photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermons of Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon on Jan. 17, 2020 in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a U.S. airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 4:02 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people, as he addressed Friday prayers In Tehran for the first time since 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. He...
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In this Feb. 3, 2012 photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermons of Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon on Jan. 17, 2020 in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a U.S. airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 3:58 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people. Addressing Friday prayers for the first time since 2012, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. THIS IS A MAJOR NEWS...
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In this Feb. 3, 2012 photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermons of Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon on Jan. 17, 2020 in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a U.S. airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 3:51 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says its missile attack on U.S. troops in Iraq earlier this month was a “blow to America's image” as a superpower, as he led prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said America had “cowardly” killed the most effective...
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