Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press

  • From left, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamad Bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani and Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Qatari Foreign Minister for Terrorism and Mediation in the Settlement of Disputes, attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Hussein Sayed/AP)
    Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

    Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war.

  • This undated photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, shows the wreckage of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 at the scene of the crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
    Iran announces arrests over downing of plane that killed 176

    Iran said Tuesday that authorities have made arrests for the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane, which killed all 176 people on board and set off protests in the country demanding accountability after officials initially concealed the cause of the crash.

  • The convoy of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is surrounded by an honor guard as he arrives at the Royal palace to meet with Saudi King Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)
    Japan’s Abe meets Saudi king amid Persian Gulf troubles

    Japan has sought to remain politically neutral as tensions in the Middle East escalated following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

  • A U.S. soldier oversees members of the Syrian Democratic Forces on Sept. 21, 2019, as they demolish a Kurdish fighters' fortification as part of the so-called
    Syria demands withdrawal of all American, Turkish forces

    Syria’s top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain.

  • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani walks towards the podium before addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Craig Ruttle/AP)
    Iran president warns of a region ‘on the edge of collapse’

    Iran’s president used the world’s stage on Wednesday to warn that security in the Persian Gulf could unravel with a “single blunder” and its fragile peace be guaranteed only by the region’s countries, not through U.S. intervention or Washington’s “merciless economic terrorism.”

  • The Saudi military displays what they say are an Iranian cruise missile and drones used in recent attack on its oil industry at Saudi Aramco's facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Amr Nabil/AP)
    Saudi Arabia says Iran missiles, drones attacked oil sites

    Saudi Arabia alleged Wednesday an attack by drones and cruise missiles on the heart of the kingdom's oil industry was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran," naming but not directly accusing Tehran of launching the assault.

  • In this July 21 aerial view photo, a speedboat of Iran's Revolutionary Guard maneuvers around the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday . (Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
    Iran offers to swap seized oil tanker for another taken by UK

    In the meantime, Britain continues plans to deploy a Europe-led "maritime protection mission" to safeguard shipping in the area after Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.

  • People cross a street past a mural depicting former and current Supreme Leaders Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, with other scenes in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 22, 2019. (AFP via Getty Images)
    Iran says it arrested 17 Iranians allegedly recruited by CIA

    Iran on Monday announced the arrest of 17 Iranians accused of spying on the country’s nuclear and military sites for the CIA and said some of them have been sentenced to death. President Donald Trump called it “another lie” from Iran.

  • The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized by the Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday, was photographed in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on Saturday. (Tasnim News Agency/via AP)
    Released audio reveals Iranian aggression in Strait

    The audio shows that a British frigate was too far away from the targeted tanker to keep it from being diverted into an Iranian port despite U.K. efforts to keep it from being boarded.