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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference after an European Foreign Affairs meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU seeks more time in effort to resolve Iran nuclear dispute

Jan. 24, 2020 10:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Friday that more time is required to unravel a dispute between countries involved in the Iran nuclear agreement, as the Europeans struggle to keep alive a deal hampered by U.S. sanctions. On Jan. 15, Britain, France and Germany reluctantly...

Norway's crude oil tanker Breiviken is escorted to the Klaipeda oil terminal in Klaipeda, Lithuania, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Belarus started importing oil from Norway Tuesday after its main oil provider Russia suspended supplies earlier this month amid stalled talk on further strengthening economic ties between two countries. (AP Photo/Vita Jureviciene)

Belarus' leader blasts Russia for pushing merger of 2 states

Jan. 24, 2020 8:44 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The president of Belarus on Friday accused Moscow of pressuring his country to merge with Russia and vowed not to let it happen. Talking to workers of a paper plant in eastern Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko lambasted Russia, the country's main provider of cheap oil and gas, for halting...

President Donald Trump arrives to the Miami International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Poll: Many in US support Trump decision to kill Iran general

Jan. 24, 2020 8:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows Americans are more likely than not to support President Donald Trump’s decision to order a drone strike that killed an Iranian general, even amid widespread skepticism about his foreign policy overall. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...

People walk under a screen warning about a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures' potential for success is uncertain. The sign reads

More airports screening passengers amid China virus outbreak

Jan. 24, 2020 8:11 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — More airports are beginning to screen passengers arriving from China amid growing concerns Friday over the outbreak of a new virus there that has already killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds. The energy-rich Gulf Arab nation of Qatar, home to long-haul...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pauses while speaking about the prospects for peace, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington.  Afghanistan’s former deputy minister says Khalilzad is in the Afghan capital “to discuss the latest in peace efforts.”  Former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai tweeted pictures of his meeting with Khalilzad Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019,  saying ‘we spoke about the way forward.”   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Taliban say frustrated by additional demands of US

Jan. 24, 2020 8:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban, in a rambling commentary published on their website, expressed frustration with what they describe as additional U.S. demands in peace talks — even after they had offered a “reduction of violence.” They have not publicly outlined what that would entail and...

FILE - In this April 25, 2016 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, in Cairo, Egypt.  Egypt's former autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down following 2011 mass protests, has undergone a surgery, his eldest son tweeted on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Alaa Mubarak tweeted that his 91-year-old father was operated on Thursday and that his condition was “stable”.  He did not provide any further details about the surgery. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Son: Former Egyptian president Mubarak undergoes surgery

Jan. 24, 2020 7:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former autocratic president Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down following 2011 mass protests, has undergone surgery, his eldest son tweeted Friday. Alaa Mubarak tweeted that his 91-year-old father was operated on Thursday and that his condition was “stable.” He...

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo)

Thousands turn up for 'million' Iraq rally against US troops

Jan. 24, 2020 7:35 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands rallied in Baghdad on Friday to demand that American troops leave the country, though their numbers fell short of the “million-man” march called for by an influential Shiite cleric. The rally came amid heightened anti-U.S. sentiment after a U.S. drone strike earlier...

Palestinians visit vandalized mosque in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, in east Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Israeli police said Friday they are investigating after a

Vandals set fire to mosque in east Jerusalem

Jan. 24, 2020 6:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Friday they are investigating after a "room was ignited" in a mosque on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Hebrew graffiti was found on an outside wall. The graffiti was hard to make out but appears to have been left by ultranationalist Israelis. One part read,...

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg presents her new government in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo, Friday Jan. 24, 2020. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen, NTB scanpix via AP)

Norway PM forms minority govt after populists' departure

Jan. 24, 2020 6:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s prime minister on Friday presented her revamped center-right government, four days after the populist Progress Party pulled out of the coalition over the decision to repatriate an Islamic State group-linked woman from a detention camp in Syria. Erna Solberg, who...

Israeli Naama Issachar gestures during an appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. An Israeli backpacker serving prison time in Russia on a drug conviction is appealing her case and says she was wasn't provided a translator or lawyer after being detained at a Moscow airport. She was arrested in April in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where she was transferring flights en route from India to Israel. More than nine grams of hashish were found in her luggage. She was later sentenced to 7 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

Israeli woman jailed in Russia yet to ask for pardon

Jan. 24, 2020 5:48 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges cannot be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin until she herself petitions for it, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday. Naama Issachar, 26, was arrested in April at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where she was transferring flights on her way from...