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FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Maduro foe joins family in Spain after fleeing Venezuela

Oct. 25, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — After more than six years in confinement, Venezuela’n opposition leader Leopoldo López is a free man and has been reunited with his family in Madrid. López arrived Sunday in the Spanish capital following what aides described as a whirlwind escape from the Spanish...

This image released by the FBI shows the wanted poster of al-Qaida propagandist Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri. Afghanistan claimed Sunday, Oct, 25, 2020, it killed the top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed.  Al-Qaida did not immediately acknowledge al-Rauf's reported death. The FBI, the U.S. military and NATO did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (FBI via AP)

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

Oct. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

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 east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed....

Israel's national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, bumps elbows with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani after signing an agreement in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Israel and Bahrain signed an agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations, making the Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli government approves Bahrain normalization deal

Oct. 25, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet approved the normalization deal with the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain on Sunday, a week after the two countries agreed to establish formal diplomatic ties. The deal next requires ratification by the Knesset, Israel’s 120-seat parliament. A date for that vote has...

FILE In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainians are heading to the polls on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 to cast ballots in local elections seen as a key test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian without prior political experience, was elected by a landslide in April 2019 on promises to end fighting with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ukraine's local elections test leader and his young party

Oct. 25, 2020 3:24 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians were voting Sunday in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who took office last year vowing to bring peace, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy. Zelenskiy was elected president by a landslide...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020, file photo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper attend a news conference at the U.S. State Department in Washington. Just a week before November's election, Pompeo and Esper will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China's growing global influence. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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

Oct. 25, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

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 largely on countering China's growing global influence. As the bitter race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden winds down, the talks this...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela

Oct. 24, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president, his party said Saturday. The 49-year-old former Caracas-area mayor has been...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and French President Emmanuel Macron stand, during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart’s mental condition while criticizing Macron’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health

Oct. 24, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, left, leader of the Umma political party speaks during a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan.  Al-Mahdi has slammed an announcement by President Donald Trump that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel. Al-Mahdi said Saturday, Oct. 24,  the announcement “contributes to the elimination of the peace project in the Middle East and to preparing for the ignition of a new war.” (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, File)

Head of Sudan’s largest party slams Trump and Israel deal

Oct. 24, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday slammed an announcement by President Donald Trump that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel. Al-Mahdi, who is the country's last democratically elected premier and heads the country's largest political party, said he...

People try to remove car tyres from a car shop on fire after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Heavy fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan visited Washington for negotiations on settling the neighboring countries' decades-long conflict. (AP Photo)

Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh goes on despite US mediation

Oct. 24, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

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 Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over the region. The heavy shelling forced residents of...

President Donald Trump reacts after hanging up a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, second from left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and others applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

Oct. 23, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day. The announcement came after the North African nation agreed to put $335 million in an escrow...