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Germany calls for end to east Mediterranean military drills

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Thursday called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece and Turkey to resolve a dispute over offshore energy exploration rights. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas' ...

EU Commission chief says her team could face a reshuffle

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive commission is emerging from its summer vacation down a key official and with an additional big problem on its hands. At a time when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen should be centering on managing the coronavirus pandemic, an ...

North Korean leader thankful typhoon damage wasn’t worse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a western coastal area hit by a typhoon and expressed relief the damage wasn't worse, state media said Friday. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of Kim examining rice paddies and corn and bean crops ...

Human Rights Watch: Venezuela using COVID-19 to crack down

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan security forces and authorities under President Nicolás Maduro have used the coronavirus as an excuse to crack down on dissenting voices on social media and even in private messages, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The New York-based rights group ...

Bail denied again to Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean journalist who has been held in prison for more than a month has been denied bail for the third time, while police continue arresting government critics. Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono should remain in jail, a Harare magistrate ruled Monday. Chin'ono is ...

Migrants at center of political tug-of-war in divided Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in a northeastern region of Bosnia, decrying an alleged failure by other parts of the country to share the load of a lingering migration crisis, have set up roadblocks to prevent Europe-bound migrants from entering the territory under their ...

Irish leader forced to defend govt future amid golf scandal

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's prime minister was forced to defend the future of his government Monday as criticism mounted over a golf event attended by senior politicians despite a ban on large gatherings designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Taoiseach Micheal Martin welcomed public outrage ...

UN cautions that virus plasma treatment still experimental

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday cautioned that using blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat other patients is still considered an experimental therapy, voicing the concern as a U.S. boost for the treatment has many scientists afraid formal studies will be ...

Israeli rivals agree to stick together, prevent new election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief coalition partner agreed Monday to delay a fateful budget vote, averting the collapse of their fractious alliance and preventing a fourth election in less than two years. The twin announcements by Netanyahu and the ...

Greece plans Mediterranean navy exercises; Turkey objects

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's navy and air force will conduct military exercises beginning Tuesday in the eastern Mediterranean near a contested area where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas, authorities said, drawing an angry response from Turkey. Germany, meanwhile, is stepping up ...

West African envoys suspend talks with Mali’s military junta

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — West African mediators suspended talks with Mali's military junta Monday after failing to reach an agreement on who will lead the volatile country during a transitional back to democracy after last week's coup and how long that process will take, a diplomat said. The ...

Mexico lucha libre wrestlers struggle to survive amid virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few of Mexico's cultural traditions have been hit as hard by the coronavirus pandemic as "lucha libre" wrestling. The death toll among wrestlers has risen dramatically and wrestling arenas are closed, throwing almost everyone out of work. One enterprising band of aspiring ...

Local virus cases in Gaza raise fears of a wider outbreak

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Authorities in the Gaza Strip on Monday announced the first coronavirus cases spread through the community, raising fears of a potentially devastating outbreak in the impoverished Palestinian territory blockaded by Israel and Egypt. Until now, all the cases ...

Scientists say Hong Kong man got coronavirus a second time

University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Genetic tests revealed that a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one ...

Belarus’ prosecutors open probe against opposition activists

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Prosecutors in Belarus opened a criminal investigation Thursday against opposition activists who set up a council to negotiate a democratic transition of power amid massive protests against official election results that extended the 26-year rule of the country's ...

Belgian police official steps aside over brutality video

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top Belgian police official stepped aside Thursday a day after the emergence of a 2018 video showing an officer sitting on top of a Slovak man in custody at a local airport and another officer apparently making a Hitler salute. The man, who was in distress, later ...

Pandemic’s toll among journalists in Peru is especially high

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of journalists have died from COVID-19 in Peru since the pandemic began, in the highest reported death toll of media workers from the new coronavirus in Latin America, according to journalists' groups that are monitoring available data. As in many countries, the new ...

West African leaders call on Mali junta to free president

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — West African leaders escalated pressure on Mali's ruling junta late Thursday, calling on them to allow President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's return to power as the mutinous soldiers who overthrew him insisted his midnight resignation had been his own decision. The junta ...

Officials say Israel, Sudan close to peace agreement

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Sudan on Tuesday said they are close to reaching a peace agreement — setting the stage for a possible second dramatic diplomatic breakthrough for Israel with its Arab neighbors in a matter of days. A Sudanese Foreign Ministry official announced that his ...

Tension with Washington helps fuel Turkey-Venezuela alliance

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At first glance, they seem like an odd couple. Yet Turkey, a Mediterranean power that often chafes at what it calls Western interventionism, and Venezuela on the Caribbean, rich in oil and gold but in perpetual crisis and under U.S. sanctions, have a few things in ...