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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...

A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

Cyprus' Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides, center, meets with his Israeli counterpart Benny Ganz, left, on his first visit to Cyprus and his Greek counterpart Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, right, ahead of their meeting aimed at bolstering defense ties in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Greece, Cyprus and Israel have in recent years forged a closer partnership that they say aims to strengthen security and stability in the eastern Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus, Israel, Greece agree to boost defense cooperation

Nov. 12, 2020 1:27 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The defense ministers of Greece, Israel and Cyprus agreed Thursday to step up military cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared, help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said it was agreed during...

Cypriot men sit at a social club and watch the televised address of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades explaining the need for additional restrictions to beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nicosia suburb of Lakatamia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Cyprus has put its entire southwest under a strict 19-day lockdown, banning any non-essential movement of people and shuttering bars and restaurants after a string of escalating restrictions failed to curb a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus locks down southwest over surge in coronavirus cases

Nov. 11, 2020 5:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus put its entire southwest under a strict 19-day lockdown Wednesday, banning any non-essential movement of people and shuttering bars and restaurants after a string of escalating restrictions failed to curb a sharp increase in coronavirus infections. Health Minister Constantinos...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by workers smoking outside a retailed shop under renovation at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The majority of the people in the capital city are still wearing masks in outdoor areas even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, while the coronavirus is still surging across the globe with an ever-rising death toll. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China suspends entry for residents of Britain

Nov. 4, 2020 11:53 PM EST

BEIJING — China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom. The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to Nov. 3, with exceptions for diplomats and some others. Foreign...

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, left, Elizabeth Spehar, center, head of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus and Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot President of war-divided Cyprus, stand in front of Spehar's official residence before their talks inside the U.N.-controlled buffer zone separating the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north from the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Anastasiades and Tatar held their first informal face-to-face meeting hosted by Spehar following Tatar's election as Turkish Cypriot leader last month amid hopes of a possible resumption of dormant reunification talks. (Katia Christodoulou Pool via AP)

Rival leaders back UN bid to relaunch Cyprus peace talks

Nov. 3, 2020 4:50 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus have signaled their willingness to support a request from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to explore the possibility of reviving dormant reunification talks, the U.N. said Tuesday. The two leaders agreed to...

A man prays in the street outside the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Latest: Prosecutor: attacker not on intelligence radar

Oct. 29, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): 10:25 p.m. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor says the Nice attacker, who was born in 1999, was not on the radar of intelligence agencies as a potential threat. Jean-Francois Ricard detailed the gruesome scene inside the...

Greece's Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talks during a press conference with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after their meeting at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece meet in the Cypriot capital for talks on forging closer ties and boosting cooperation on issues including energy following the discovery of gas deposits in the east Mediterranean. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou Pool via AP)

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt to Turkey: drop the rancor, join us

Oct. 21, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece on Wednesday renewed an invitation to Turkey to become a partner in reaping the potential benefits of offshore gas deposits, while urging Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions in the eastern Mediterranean. Their one-day regional...

A demonstrator takes a  mock copy of Cyprus passport during a demonstration against corruption outside of the conference center in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Protesters called for the resignation of Cyprus' Parliamentary Speaker Demetris Syllouris amid corruption allegations involving the country's now defunct citizenship-for-investment program. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus House speaker quits over citizenship for sale scandal

Oct. 15, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ parliamentary speaker has resigned after an undercover news report allegedly caught him on tape promising to help circumvent the country's rules on granting citizenship to foreign investors. Demetris Syllouris had initially decided to stay on as speaker but abstain...

FILE - This Friday, July 6, 2018 file photo, shows the Oval building, left, one of a number of new high-rises transforming the skyline view, of the southern coastal city of Limassol in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Cyprus government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, that the Cabinet accepted a recommendation by the minsters of the interior and finance to cancel altogether the

Cyprus cancels maligned 'golden passport' scheme

Oct. 13, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Tuesday scrapped a lucrative program granting citizenship to wealthy investors amid new allegations that a top state official and a veteran lawmaker were implicated in attempts to bypass strict vetting rules and issue a passport to a fictitious investor with a supposed...