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FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: UK records nearly 5,000 new virus cases

Sep. 22, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

LONDON — The U.K. has recorded nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, in the latest spike of the epidemic that has seen restrictions tightened across the country. Figures from the Department for Health and Social Care show a daily increase of 4,926 new cases, up from Monday’s figure of 4,368. The U.K....

European Council President Charles Michel, wearing a protective face mask, arrives ahead of a video conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Aris Oikonomou, Pool via AP)

EU postpones summit after Michel goes into quarantine

Sep. 22, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced the European Union to postpone a scheduled summit for a week after EU Council President Charles Michel went into quarantine because a close collaborator was diagnosed with COVID-19. Spokesman Barend Leyts said Tuesday that Michel “today learned that a...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talks in a televised address, following a cabinet meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Erdogan, who has long called for a reform of the United Nations, says the world body has failed in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Erdogan claimed the UN was late in

Turkey, Greece agree to resume talks to resolve disputes

Sep. 22, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece are ready to resume talks in a bid to overcome a dispute over maritime boundaries and rights to exploit oil and gas resources, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said Tuesday. The statement followed his video conference meeting with German...

Migrants from different nationalities, mainly from Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, but also from Libya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coat, Bangladesh, Senegal, Syria, Palestine, Benin and Tunisia, including 14 minors and 4 women, rest on board the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel on Wednesday 9, 2020, after being rescued last Tuesday night as they were trying to flee Libya on board a precarious wooden boat, in international waters, in the Central Mediterranean sea. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

UN agencies urge "fresh start" for EU's failed asylum policy

Sep. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two U.N. agencies on Tuesday appealed to the European Union to set aside years of divisive debate over the best way to manage migrants and refugees and make a “fresh start,” as Brussels prepares to unveil a major overhaul of Europe’s failed asylum system. The arrival in...

Turkey probes death of American journalist Andre Vltchek

Sep. 22, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities are investigating the death of an American author and journalist who died while traveling overnight from the Turkish Black Sea coastal city of Samsun to Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Tuesday. Andre Vltchek, 57, and his wife were traveling...

Turkey accuses EU of rewarding aggressor in Libya

Sep. 22, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused the European Union of “rewarding the aggressor” after the 27-nation bloc slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm which operates a vessel that was at the...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, rear, anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the return of a Turkish survey vessel to port Sunday from a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean that has been at the heart of a summer stand-off between Greece and Turkey over energy rights. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Greece: Talks with Turkey on eastern Med could restart soon

Sep. 21, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Turkey are close to reviving talks on long-standing maritime disputes following a tense standoff over rights to exploit potential offshore natural gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, a Greek official said Monday. “We are close to restarting the exploratory...

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, second right, speaks with Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, left, during a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

EU sanctions Turkish firm over Libya arms embargo violations

Sep. 21, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. At...

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks speaks with journalists after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU fails to agree Belarus sanctions despite opposition plea

Sep. 21, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers failed on Monday to impose sanctions on Belarus officials suspected of election fraud or of playing a part in the security crackdown, despite appeals from President Alexander Lukashenko’s main opponent to take courageous action against his regime....