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Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 9:52 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Germany were at loggerheads on Monday after a German frigate enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish official dismissed as an “illegal" search. Turkey said personnel from...

European powers see hope for Iran accord in US transition

Nov. 23, 2020 7:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German, French and British foreign ministers were meeting Monday to discuss the future of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program amid hopes that the incoming U.S. administration might help breathe new life into the accord, Germany's Foreign Ministry said. The three European...

Today in History

Nov. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Nov. 22, the 327th day of 2020. There are 39 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was shot to death during a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, riding in the same...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani after their trilateral meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

US hits Iran with new sanctions as Pompeo defends strategy

Nov. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States hit Iran with new sanctions on Wednesday, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the case that undoing the actions of the Trump administration would be foolish and dangerous. The Treasury and State departments announced they had targeted a leading Iranian charity and...

US hits East Africa's al-Qaida affiliate with new sanctions

Nov. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is slapping new sanctions on Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, an al-Qaida-linked organization responsible for multiple terrorist attacks in East Africa. The State Department announced it had imposed sanctions on two senior leaders of the group, which...

FILE- In this file photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media prior to a court session in Moscow, Russia. The German government on Friday criticized an announcement by Russia's foreign minister that Moscow has imposed sanctions against German and French officials in response to EU measures taken over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Germany criticizes new Russian sanctions over Navalny case

Nov. 13, 2020 7:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Friday criticized an announcement by Russia's foreign minister that Moscow is imposing sanctions against German and French officials in response to EU measures taken over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny, a corruption investigator and...

UN votes to crack down on Somalia's al-Shabab extremists

Nov. 12, 2020 11:00 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to prevent the sale or shipment to Somalia of components of improvised explosive devices if there is “significant risk” they may be used to manufacture the often deadly devices that are increasingly being used in attacks by...

Elliot Abrams, U.S. special representative for Iran, talks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Abrams insisted Thursday a pressure campaign of sanctions targeting Iran would persist into the administration of Joe Biden, even as the incoming president has pledged to potentially return America to Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

US envoy insists pressure on Iran will persist under Biden

Nov. 12, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. special representative for Iran insisted Thursday that a pressure campaign of sanctions targeting Iran would persist into the administration of Joe Biden, even as the president-elect has pledged to potentially return America to Tehran's nuclear deal with...

Russia imposes sanctions on European officials over Navalny

Nov. 12, 2020 12:06 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow has adopted sanctions against a number of German and French officials in response to the European Union’s sanctions over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russia’s foreign minister said Thursday. Navalny, a corruption investigator and longtime...

EU extends Venezuela sanctions for a year

Nov. 12, 2020 9:17 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that it is prolonging sanctions against dozens of Venezuelan officials for another year over allegations that they are undermining democracy in the crisis-wracked country or are linked to rights abuses there. The move means that travel bans and asset freezes...