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Belarusian police officers detain a man in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. On Saturday evening, police arrested at least 10 people as hundreds of opposition supporters drove through the center of the capital waving flags and brandishing clenched-fist victory signs from the vehicles' windows. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as he runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and the government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition...

People clash with police during a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital and killed more than 150 people, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police

Aug. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Public fury over this week’s massive explosion in Beirut took a new turn Saturday night as protesters stormed government institutions and clashed for hours with security forces, who responded with heavy volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. One police officer was killed and dozens...

Lebanese soldiers stand among tear gas during clashes with protesters as part of a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Beirut protesters enter government buildings

Aug. 8, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Dozens of Lebanese protesters have stormed the buildings of a number of government ministries and the headquarters of the country's banking association channeling their rage against state and financial institutions after the...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Pompeo rejects Congress' subpoenas for IG, Biden probe info

Aug. 7, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected congressional subpoenas issued for him and for the State Department to provide information and testimony to lawmakers about two politically charged developments. The refusals set the stage for an escalation in the confrontation between the...

A woman uses her phone as she passes by the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing, China, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

Aug. 7, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their lowest levels in decades. President Donald Trump and his...

Iran indifferent to Trump envoy's quitting amid embargo push

Aug. 7, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry on Friday expressed indifference to the change in the Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran, alleging that the new U.S. official in the post would be no different from his predecessor. The envoy, Brian Hook announced his departure on Thursday, a day...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

Aug. 7, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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US ambassador says Iran is world No. 1 sponsor of terrorism

Aug. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called Iran “the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism” on Thursday and warned Russia and China that they will become “co-sponsors” if they block a resolution to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, Hook told journalists Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump's Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

Aug. 6, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran is stepping down just as the United States tries to moves ahead with a major diplomatic effort that would extend a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran in the face of widespread international opposition. Brian Hook announced his departure...