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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Malta, pose for photos before a meeting, in Ankara Turkey, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.(Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey says it rejects EU condemnation over Hagia Sophia

Jul. 14, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday chided the European Union over its condemnation of a Turkish decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque, saying the matter is an issue of national sovereignty. Last week, Turkey canceled the...

A man carries shopping bags on a pedestrian street, in Athens, on Friday, June 5, 2020. The European Commission says Greece is likely to suffer deepest recession in the eurozone this year, but first quarter growth figures were better than expected. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Pensioners in Greece win court battle for bailout refund

Jul. 14, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A high court in Greece has ruled in favor of pensioners who brought a class action case to demand the reimbursement of money cut from their income during international bailouts. The case is being closely watched in Greece, which is reeling from the economic impact of the pandemic and...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

4 Azerbaijani troops die in clashes with Armenia

Jul. 13, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other Monday for skirmishes on their volatile border that has left four Azerbaijani soldiers dead and several troops wounded on both sides. The two neighbors in the South Caucasus have been locked in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, right, talk prior to a meeting at the German government's guest house 'Meseberg' in Gransee, north of Berlin, Germany, Monday, July 13, 2020. (Tobias Schwarz/Pool Photo via AP)

Merkel: 2nd summit may be needed to forge EU stimulus deal

Jul. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — “Bridges still need to be built” between European Union countries at odds over plans for a massive stimulus package to help the bloc's economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, warning that if a summit this week doesn't result...

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda flashes a victory sign in Pultusk, Poland, Sunday, July 12, 2020. An exit poll in Poland's presidential runoff election shows a tight race that is too close to call between the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and the liberal Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish president wins 2nd term after bitter campaign

Jul. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory Monday in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness. The close race followed a bitter campaign between Duda and...

Members of a special election team with a ballot box and voting material make their way visiting voters who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in self-isolation, in Skopje, North Macedonia, Monday, July 13, 2020. North Macedonia holds its first parliamentary election under its new country name this week, with voters heading to the polls during an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in the small Balkan nation. Opinion polls in the run-up to Wednesday’s vote indicate a close race between coalitions led by the Social Democrats and the center-right opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

North Macedonia: Ballot boxes carried to quarantined homes

Jul. 13, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Election officials in North Macedonia carried ballot boxes to the homes of voters suffering from COVID-19 or in quarantine Monday, at the start of three days of voting in a general election that was delayed for months by the pandemic. Wearing white coveralls and other...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10 2020 file photo, protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia. Thousands of people in Serbia are holding daily protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country. Many in Serbia accuse increasingly authoritarian President Aleksandar Vucic of letting the virus crisis spin out of control in order to hold a parliamentary election on June 21 that tightened the ruling party’s grip on power. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, file)

AP Explains: Why Serbs are protesting against virus lockdown

Jul. 13, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people in Serbia have been holding protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country. Many in Serbia accuse...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, talks with paramedic Cindy Fu during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

Brexit is back: UK aims to prepare public for Jan 1 EU break

Jul. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government told individuals and businesses Monday to get ready for new costs and red tape — but also an exciting “new start” — when the U.K. leaves the European Union's economic embrace in less than six months. The government unveiled details of new...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, July 13, 2020. European Union foreign ministers met for the first time face-to-face since the pandemic lockdown and will assess their discuss their relations with China and Turkey. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)

EU, Turkey clash over Hagia Sophia, Mediterranean drilling

Jul. 13, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and the European Union clashed on Monday over Ankara's decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque and its continued energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters. After their their first face-to-face meeting in months, the 27 EU foreign ministers...