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The Latest: Colombia hits 1 million confirmed virus cases

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, its health ministry says, becoming the second country in Latin America to...

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...

Egypt’s parliamentary vote likely to tighten leader’s grip

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians cast ballots Saturday in the first stage of the country's parliamentary election, a vote which is highly likely to produce...

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...

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...

Ethiopia blasts Trump remark that Egypt will ‘blow up’ dam

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Saturday denounced “belligerent threats” over the huge dam it has nearly completed on the Blue Nile River,...

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...

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...

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States...

Erdogan confirms Russian S-400 tests despite US objections

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president on Friday confirmed the country tested its Russian-made S-400 missile defense system, despite objections from the United States. ...

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United...

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...

Turkish-Armenian ruling party lawmaker laid to rest

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish-Armenian ruling party lawmaker was laid to rest Thursday following a ceremony in the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, which was...

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...

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that...

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 officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states...

UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the...

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,...

With cakes, solitary Sabbaths sweetened for older Israelis

YAVNE, Israel (AP) — For thousands of older Israelis like Sara Weinsten, being housebound alone during the country's second nationwide lockdown is difficult and...

Officer may face charges in killing of autistic Palestinian

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors on Wednesday recommended charging a police officer with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man...

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...

In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump pushed into arguably the most important state on the electoral map on Tuesday, opting for a rally...

Feds say US colleges ‘massively’ underreport foreign funding

A scathing report from the Trump administration on Tuesday concluded that top U.S. universities have “massively underreported” funding they accept from China, Russia and...

Buffett’s firm to pay $4.1M fine for subsidiary’s Iran sales

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company has agreed to pay a $4.1 million fine because one of its subsidiaries improperly sold equipment that...

Family of slain Saudi journalist sues Saudi Crown Prince

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of...

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

NEW YORK (AP) — Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in...

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it...

Greece finalizes plan to build wall on border with Turkey

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government says it has finalized plans to build a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that...

As virus surges, Iran breaks one-day record for deaths again

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s single-day death toll from the coronavirus smashed a record set less than a week ago, with 337 dead confirmed...

First commercial passenger flight from UAE lands in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv...

IMF: Nearly all Mideast economies hit by pandemic recession

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed nearly all Mideast nations into the throes of an economic recession this year,...

Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for truce violations

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Despite a second attempt at a cease-fire, Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations Sunday of violating the new truce in their...

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired...

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at...

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to...

Hardliner wins Turkish Cypriot leadership election

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who won a Turkish Cypriot leadership election said Sunday he's ready to resume dormant talks aimed at ending...

Leftist versus hardliner in Turkish Cypriot leadership vote

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriots vote on Sunday in a leadership runoff that could decide whether they retain more control over their own...

Armenia, Azerbaijan announce new attempt at cease-fire

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday announced a new attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from...

As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, resuming the weekly protest against...

Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced Saturday that its death toll from the coronavirus has passed the milestone of 30,000, in what has been...

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total...

Reports: Turkey tests Russian-made S-400 defense system

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO-member Turkey has tested its Russian-made advanced air defense missile system, Turkish media reports said Friday, raising the specter of...

Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreements

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and Ukraine signed military cooperation agreements in Istanbul on Friday, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance...

Taliban to suspend assault after US pledges to halt strikes

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said on Friday they have agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan that have displaced thousands this week —...

Azerbaijan, Armenia trade accusations on Caucasus conflict

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijani authorities on Friday accused Armenia of expanding the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by shelling a different region in Azerbaijan, a...

Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify

MARTUNI, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — As the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces rages on in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, its residents are joining...

Roman Polanski honors Poles who saved him from the Holocaust

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski returned to Poland, the country of his youth, and paid tribute on Thursday to a Polish...

EU targets Putin ally accused of US poll interference

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is...

Israel eases some lockdown measures as virus cases decline

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel decided on Thursday to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant...

Months into pandemic, Iran sees worst wave of virus deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is...

10 arrested in North Macedonia migrant smuggling bust

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Ten men were arrested in North Macedonia on Thursday, accused of running a smuggling ring that brought in migrants...

France warns Turkey of EU sanctions over ‘provocations’

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — France warned Turkey on Thursday that it could face European Union sanctions for its “provocations,” after Ankara redeployed its search...

Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated Wednesday, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the...

2 US citizens released by Iran-backed militants in Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Americans and the remains of a third held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released on Wednesday in exchange...

Iran virus death toll hits record high, 3rd time in a week

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the third time in a week, Iran on Wednesday marked its highest single-day record for new deaths and infections...

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

CAIRO (AP) — Mahmoud Yassin, an Egyptian actor and pillar of the country's film industry during the second half of the 20th century, has...

Lebanon, Israel begin indirect talks over maritime border

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon and Israel began indirect talks on Wednesday over their disputed maritime border, with American officials mediating the talks that...

Turkey says Greece failed to fulfill promises, vows response

ANKAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill “promises” made during negotiations within...

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over...

The Latest: China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao

BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases...

Germany decries Turkey’s actions in eastern Mediterranean

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday criticized Turkey for “unilateral steps" in the eastern Mediterranean that are undercutting efforts to de-escalate...

Deaths mount in Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes amid truce calls

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Death and injury tolls rose Tuesday as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces raged for a third week over the...

Turkish, Swedish ministers trade swipes in tense meeting

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Sweden’s foreign minister on Tuesday subtly criticized Turkey over its curbs on freedom of expression, after her Turkish counterpart took...

Assad makes rare visit to areas hit by fires in west Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has made a rare public visit to the coastal province of Latakia where he toured areas that...

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice...

US Navy holds remembrance of 2000 USS Cole terror attack

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A ceremony has been held to honor the 17 sailors who died in the terrorist bombing attack on the USS...

Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over eastern Mediterranean drilling rights Monday, after Ankara redeployed...

Iran shatters single-day record for new deaths, virus cases

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the second day in a row, Iran shattered its single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus,...

The Latest: S. Korea reports 97 new coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed 97 new cases of the coronavirus, a modest uptick from the daily levels reported last week,...

Thousands in Los Angeles protest hostilities against Armenia

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people protested Sunday in Los Angeles to condemn Azerbaijan and Turkey's role in hostilities against Armenia in the...

Leftist, hard-liner in Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A leftist incumbent will take on a hard-line challenger in a runoff to decide who will lead Turkish Cypriots in...

Saudi’s National Commercial Bank buys Samba in $14.8B deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank said Sunday it will purchase rival lender Samba Financial Group in a deal...

Iran records its highest daily death toll from coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced on Sunday its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus with 251 confirmed dead. ...

The Latest: Ali to host Women’s Sports Foundation awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Laila Ali will host the Women’s Sports Foundation awards show featuring Candace Parker, Tom Brady and Carli Lloyd. ...

Israeli protests against Netanyahu draw tens of thousands

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tens of thousands of Israelis calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated across the country Saturday evening,...

Armenia, Azerbaijan say Nagorno-Karabakh truce violated

MOSCOW (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting Saturday, but immediately accused each other of derailing the deal...

AP Interview: Top Afghan negotiator lauds India’s support

NEW DELHI (AP) — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy said Saturday that India’s civil and military leadership are supportive of an inclusive, peaceful settlement of...

Israel to ‘immediately’ bring over 2,000 Ethiopian Jews

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the intention to “immediately” bring...

WFP chief seeks million from donors, billionaires for food

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Even before COVID-19 became an issue, World Food Program chief David Beasley was warning global leaders that the world would...

Court: Son born abroad to gay couple is a U.S. citizen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against the U.S. State Department in its quest to deny the citizenship of one...

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use...

WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger amid...

Amid NYC protests, Orthodox Jews urge new virus-era dialogue

After months of grappling with a pandemic that has walloped New York's Orthodox Jewish communities, prompting changes to holidays, mourning and prayers, new limits...

Russia sponsors Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire talks

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia moved to stop the worst escalation of fighting in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century by...

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict draws in fighters from Mideast

BEIRUT (AP) — For the past two weeks, Raffi Ghazarian has been glued to the TV at home and at work watching news about...

The Latest: California governor tests negative for virus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tested negative for the coronavirus. ...

Armenia says cathedral shelled in clashes with Azerbaijan

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia accused Azerbaijan on Thursday of shelling a historic cathedral in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where nearly two weeks...

US hits all of Iran’s financial sector with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has blacklisted virtually all of Iran’s financial sector, dealing another blow to an economy that is already reeling...

Military blindsided by Trump’s new Afghan troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military was blindsided Thursday by President Donald Trump's assertion that all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by...

Israel extends restrictions on protests amid virus lockdown

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government has extended an emergency provision that bars public gatherings, including widespread protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for...

Persian music master Shajarian who backed Iran protests dies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Mohammad Reza Shajarian, whose distinctive voice quavered to traditional Persian music on state radio for years before supporting protesters following...

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