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Iraq clears sit-in square, a year after mass protests began

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Saturday cleared out sit-in tents from the capital's central square that has been the epicenter of the...

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. ...

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. ...

Death toll reaches 28 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — Rescue teams on Saturday plowed through concrete blocks and the debris of eight collapsed buildings in search of survivors of...

As anger rises, Muslims protest French cartoons

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services...

Most Canadians hope for Trump defeat after insults, attacks

TORONTO (AP) — Donald Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “weak” and “dishonest” and attacked Canada's vital trade. He threatened tariffs on cars and...

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a...

Ex-embassy worker suspected of sexually assaulting 24 women

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. embassy worker in Mexico is believed to have drugged and sexually assaulted as many as two dozen...

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French...

‘Difficult winter’: Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

BRUSSELS (AP) — The World Health Organization’s Europe director expressed deep concern on Thursday after the region again recorded the highest-ever weekly incidence of...

The Latest: Nice attacker a Tunisian, had Quran copy on him

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): ...

Azerbaijani forces close in on key town in Nagorno-Karabakh

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Azerbaijani army closed in Thursday on a key town in Nagorno-Karabakh following more than a month of intense fighting,...

IMF blames resurgent coronavirus for UK growth downgrades

LONDON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its growth forecasts for the British economy for this year and next, following an acceleration...

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the...

Venezuelan president: Key oil refinery attacked; 2 detained

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday that a large oil refinery suffered a “terrorist attack” as his government struggles to...

Hospital, residential areas hit in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Rockets hit a hospital and residential areas Wednesday amid deadly fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region...

Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal

HANOI (AP) — The U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project,...

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility, satellite images released Wednesday show, just as the U.N....

EU chiefs call for common tests, tracing as virus surges

As European Union countries weigh tougher coronavirus restrictions, top EU officials on Wednesday urged the bloc's 27 nations to introduce common rules to test...

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations...

UN watchdog: Iran building at underground nuclear facility

BERLIN (AP) — Inspectors from the U.N.'s atomic watchdog have confirmed Iran has started building an underground centrifuge assembly plant after its previous one...

UN cancels in-person meetings after report of 5 COVID cases

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday canceled all in-person meetings for this week after a U.N. member nation reported five cases...

Eager for change, Chile faces long road to new constitution

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The fireworks and street celebrations are over in Chile, and now many months of hard work and uncertainty loom for...

From Spain, top dissident vows to fight for free Venezuela

MADRID (AP) — Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan politician who for years has led some of the biggest challenges to the government of Nicolás Maduro,...

Fewer in-person polling places in California on Election Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians are voting in record numbers, with more than a third of the state's 22.3 million ballots already returned to...

Turkey: US consulate employee receives 5-year jail term

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Tuesday convicted a local employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul of aiding a terrorist organization...

Armenia, Azerbaijan report more fighting despite cease-fire

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan exchanged more accusations of shelling on Tuesday, with fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in its...

Israeli delegations bask in UAE glow, even as details few

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another plane full of Israeli business people excited about their newfound access to the United Arab Emirates touched...

France tightens security amid fallout from teacher beheading

PARIS (AP) — France is increasing security at religious sites as the interior minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “very high” risk...

Pompeo, Esper drive US anti-China message in India visit

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense chief Mark Esper stepped up the Trump administration’s anti-China message in India...

Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible defense

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Tuesday that recently proposed purchases of U.S. missiles and other arms systems will boost the island’s ability to...

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government...

US announces planned $2.37 billion weapon sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan just...

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and...

Tensions between EU and Turkey escalate over Erdogan insults

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tensions between the European Union and Turkey have risen further after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned the mental state of...

Under Trump, US no longer leads world on refugee protections

For decades, America led the world in humanitarian policies by creating a sanctuary for the oppressed, admitting more refugees annually than all other countries...

Low expectations in Mexico as US election approaches

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A week before U.S. elections, expectations and attention are unusually low in a foreign country that may have more at...

Three-way talks over Ethiopia’s Nile River dam set to resume

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River will resume Tuesday,...

Turkish lira drops to record low over US sanction threat

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish currency slid further Monday to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged...

Greece, Turkey wrangle over military games in eastern Med

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday denounced Turkey’s plans to carry out a maritime military exercise on Oct. 28, a Greek national holiday,...

Putin offers NATO site inspections to avoid missile buildup

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Monday that NATO and Russia should conduct mutual inspections of each other's military bases to secure...

Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into...

Spokesman: China to sanction US arms suppliers to Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp....

Australia protests Qatar airport’s exams of women passengers

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday condemned Qatar authorities’ treatment of female passengers on a flight to Sydney who were subjected to internal...

Wary of angering public, Iran has few ways to contain virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As coronavirus infections reached new heights in Iran this month, overwhelming its hospitals and driving up its death...

New cease-fire announced in 4-week Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region continued Sunday, but Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterated their commitment to a peaceful resolution of their...

Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second...

France reacts to boycott calls; Erdogan ups Macron insults

PARIS (AP) — French authorities denounced Turkish “propaganda” against France that they said was aimed at fanning hate at home and abroad, and asked...

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's...

The Latest: England cancels soccer friendly against Germany

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry...

Ukraine’s local elections test leader and his young party

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians were voting Sunday in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who...

Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in India

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week before November's election, two of President Donald Trump's top national security aides will visit India for meetings focused...

Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated...

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron’s mental health

PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health...

Israeli leader confirms consent to US arms sales to UAE

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday appeared to confirm that Israel has given its consent for the United States to...

US legislators complain to Trump on Mexico energy policy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Standing in front of a reopened coal-fired power plant, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday defiantly rejected complaints...

Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh goes on despite US mediation

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from...

UK-US trade pact opposed with Trump, cows and pigs as props

LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators dressed as chickens, a cow and President Donald Trump gathered Saturday in London to protest a proposed U.S.-U.K. trade deal...

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on...

Bulgaria signs 5G deal with US excluding Chinese firms

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing an agreement with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed...

Top Trump adviser wants more nations to field asylum claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements...

Trump campaign sues in Nevada to stop Vegas-area vote count

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans asked a state judge on Friday to stop the count of Las Vegas-area mail-in...

Trump administration slams NATO ally Turkey for weapon test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slammed Turkey for taking a new step toward fielding a Russian-made air defense weapon. The U.S....

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to...

US wades in cautiously to Armenia-Azerbaijan peace effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration waded cautiously Friday into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are engaged in their...

Libyan factions sign countrywide UN-brokered cease-fire

GENEVA (AP) — The rival sides in Libya’s conflict signed a permanent cease-fire Friday, a deal the United Nations billed as historic after years...

Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap...

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages as US hosts talks

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan visited Washington for negotiations on settling...

NATO chief says Greece, Turkey agree to cancel war games

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Greece and Turkey are going to cancel war games scheduled for next week on...

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing...

Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Britain signed a bilateral free trade deal Friday in the the first such major post-Brexit deal, reducing tariffs on...

China’s Xi takes jabs at US in Korean War commemoration

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping condemned “unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism” in a jab at the United States made during a rally...

AP Explains: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?

LONDON (AP) — It’s more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris...

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential...

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing...

China vows retaliation if US proceeds with Taiwan arms sale

BEIJING (AP) — China has vowed to retaliate if the U.S. proceeds with the sale of advanced weaponry to Taiwan worth more than a...

UN chief says G20 leaders must coordinate to fight COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief finds it “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March...

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and...

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued Thursday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading blame for new attacks, hostilities that raised the threat...

UN chief appeals for cease-fires, warns pandemic wins wars

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief is appealing for cease-fires in the world’s major conflicts, from Yemen and Libya to Afghanistan and...

Putin: Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but noted it could be...

Tension mounts as Guinea awaits presidential poll results

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Tensions climb in Guinea as the West African country awaits results from last weekend’s presidential elections. ...

Vatican, China extend bishop agreement over US opposition

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China extended a controversial accord on bishop nominations Thursday over strong opposition from the White House and...

Viewers’ Guide: After chaotic debate, Trump, Biden try again

After meeting last month in perhaps the most chaotic debate in modern history, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, will take...

Final debate could thrust foreign policy back into campaign

As Joe Biden hopscotched through Iowa and New Hampshire in late 2019, he also name-dropped his way across the globe. ...

US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging countries that have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons to withdraw their support...

US approves $1 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry for Taiwan in a...

Protesters in Colombia decry government pandemic response

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Protesters filled a historic square in Colombia’s capital Wednesday to demonstrate against the government’s handling of a wide range of...

Armenian PM sees no way to settle conflict through diplomacy

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister said Wednesday that Azerbaijan's aggressive stance in the 25-day fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh leaves no room for diplomacy,...

UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in...

US hits Chinese media with new restrictions, upping tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hitting Chinese media outlets in the U.S. with new restrictions, a move that will further foment tensions...

‘So much work to do’: How Biden is planning for transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump next month, he'll quickly face a new challenge: standing up a new administration to...

NATO chief rules out rushed, early exit from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — As rising violence threatens to derail Afghan peace talks, the head of NATO said Wednesday that the military alliance will not...

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump’s election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world’s foremost...

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump's election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world's foremost...

Growing NKorean nuclear threat awaits US election winner

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Where’s the war?” That’s how President Donald Trump defends his North Korea policy at campaign rallies even though he’s joined the...

Becerra wants judge to make GOP give details on ballot boxes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic attorney general sued the state Republican Party on Tuesday, asking a judge to make them hand over the...

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia inched closer Tuesday to a deal to extend their last remaining arms control pact, after U.S....

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