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Turkish president dampens hopes for restarting talks on Cyprus' 50-year ethnic split

Jul. 20, 2024 15:55 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's president on Saturday put a damper on hopes for a quick resumption of talks to heal a half-century of ethnic division on Cyprus, reaffirming his support for a two-state deal that Greek Cypriots dismiss as a non-starter. President Recep Tayyip...

Top UN court says Israel's presence in occupied Palestinian territories is illegal and should end

Jul. 19, 2024 22:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top United Nations court said Friday that Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is unlawful and called on it to end, and for settlement construction to stop immediately, issuing an unprecedented, sweeping condemnation of Israel’s rule over...

Mounting home demolitions and settler attacks plunge a Palestinian village into crisis

Jul. 19, 2024 00:35 AM EDT

UMM AL-KHAIR, West Bank (AP) — First came the Israeli military bulldozers, which tore down a quarter of the homes in the West Bank Bedouin village of Umm al-Khair. Then came the settler attacks. In the aftermath, dozens of people were left homeless and without consistent access to...

Pacific island leaders agree to enhance Japan's role in the region amid growing China influence

Jul. 19, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of 18 Pacific island nations and areas agreed to an enhanced role of Japan in the region's development while opposing any attempted coercive activity, in a joint declaration adopted at their summit Thursday, as Tokyo seeks greater engagement to counter China's influence. ...

The Latest | Israeli politician's visit to a Jerusalem holy site threatens Gaza cease-fire talks

Jul. 18, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

Israel’s far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site on Thursday, a move that threatened negotiations to end the 9-month-old war in Gaza. Hours later, Netanyahu made a surprise visit to troops in the southern Gaza Strip,...

Who is Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right minister who visited a contested Jerusalem holy site?

Jul. 18, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site on Thursday, a move that could threaten the delicate Gaza cease-fire talks. Itamar Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist settler leader, said he had gone up...

Russian minister says US 'isn't helping' by bringing up prisoner swap talks on reporter Gershkovich

Jul. 18, 2024 15:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister blamed “the Americans” for publicly bringing up a possible prisoner exchange involving imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, which he said “isn’t helping.” A day before Gershkovich appeared in court on...

Hungary's Orbán releases letter to EU leaders detailing his maligned Ukraine 'peace mission'

Jul. 18, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday released a letter he addressed to the heads of European Union countries where he presented his impressions from a recent series of visits with some of the bloc's biggest adversaries that angered many of his allies. ...

Far right Israeli minister visits Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, threatening to disrupt Gaza cease fire talks

Jul. 18, 2024 02:33 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Far right Israeli minister visits Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, threatening to disrupt Gaza cease fire talks.

Tunisia's opposition says politically motivated arrests and gag orders are chilling election efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leading opposition parties in Tunisia asserted Wednesday that politically motivated arrests and gag orders are creating impossible conditions for holding democratic elections later this year. Members of the National Salvation Front, a coalition of secular and...