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The Latest: UN chief says pandemic worsens Sahel security

Jun. 4, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has compounded “the dire humanitarian and security situations” in Mali and Africa’s Sahel region. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a report to the Security Council obtained Thursday by The Associated...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. A spokesman said late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya have captured a key airport in Tripoli from rival troops attempting to take control of the capital for over a year. The fall of Tripoli International Airport came two days after the U.N. announced Libya’s warring parties agreed to resume cease-fire talks following weeks of heavy fighting. Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments, one in the east and one in the west. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Tripoli forces say they have ended siege of Libyan capital

Jun. 4, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya's U.N.-supported government said Thursday they regained control of all of Tripoli's entrance and exit points after taking back the airport, claiming that the siege by rival troops trying to capture the capital for over a year has effectively ended. The announcement...

Enis Berberoglu, a legislator of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, speaks at a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Turkey's parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies, including Berberoglu, of their legislative seats, setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy. (AP Photo)

Turkey strips 3 legislators of seats, setting off protest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies of their legislative seats, setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy. Deputy speaker Sureyya Sadi Bilgic read out appeals...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN envoy holds cease-fire talks with Libya's eastern forces

Jun. 3, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said its top envoy in Libya held talks Wednesday with a delegation from Khalifa Hifter’s eastern-based forces to follow up on the agreement by the country’s warring parties to resume cease-fire negotiations, calling it “a positive step.”...

People walk along a popular street, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, days after the government lifted a series of restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. People crowded popular streets and parks while restaurants and cafes welcomed sit-in customers and beaches and museums reopened as part of Turkey's broadest easing of coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey, Russia cooperate on virus vaccine

Jun. 3, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Russia have agreed to cooperate in the development of a coronavirus vaccine and plan to carry out joint clinical trials, the Turkish health minister said Wednesday. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said scientific advisers from the two countries were scheduled to hold a...

Syria activists: After 3 months, Russian strikes hit Idlib

Jun. 3, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Russian warplanes carried out early Wednesday the first airstrikes in three months on the last remaining rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria, opposition activists said. There was no immediate word on any casualties. The airstrikes, along with ground bombardment over the past few days,...

Turkish police officers, in riot gear, and wearing face masks for protections against the spread of the coronavirus, scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, against the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Turkey: officers disperse anti-police brutality protest

Jun. 3, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul have dispersed a small group of demonstrators who gathered in the Turkish city to denounce police violence and to stand in solidarity with protesters in the United States. At least 29 demonstrators were detained, Turkey's state-run agency reported. Anadolu Agency said...

UN expects movement soon on new Libya cease-fire talks

Jun. 2, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Tuesday it expects “things to get moving in the next few days” following the agreement by Libya’s warring parties to resume cease-fire negotiations following days of heavy fighting. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said acting U.N. envoy...

Turkey seeks to arrest 118 military personnel over coup

Jun. 2, 2020 4:41 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prosecutors in Istanbul issued warrants on Tuesday for the detention of 118 military personnel over their suspected links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric as authorities pressed ahead with a crackdown on a network Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt in 2016. The state-run Anadolu...