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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, people wearing masks line up for departure at Hong Kong airport in Hong Kong. An analysis of U.S. Commerce Department travel entry records and private aviation data obtained by The Associated Press shows that nearly 8,000 Chinese nationals and foreign residents of Hong Kong and Macao entered the U.S. on more than 600 commercial and private flights in the first three months after a ban was imposed on Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Trump's `strong wall' to block COVID-19 from China had holes

Jul. 4, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic -- a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May. But Trump’s wall was more like a sieve. ...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Afghans watch a civilian vehicle burnt after being shot by U.S. forces following an attack near the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Three American service members and a U.S. contractor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the U.S. forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Intelligence alleging that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops didn’t scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted

Jul. 4, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops did not scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war. It did give critics of the deal another reason to say the...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference after a meeting, Supporting the future of Syria and the Region, in videoconference format at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

EU says Iran has triggered nuclear deal dispute mechanism

Jul. 3, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Friday that he has received a letter from Iran that triggers a dispute mechanism in the international agreement limiting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, citing concerns that Britain, France and Germany are not living up to their side of the...

Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas

Jul. 3, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo came under fire from drug cartel gunmen Friday, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle, the military said. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt. The...

Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

Kaywan Kawa holds Turkish shell fragments at the bedside of his injured son in the city of Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq. Iraq has set up border posts to prevent a Turkish military advance deeper into Iraqi territory this week as civilians suffer from over two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in the country's north. (AP Photo/Adnan Ahmed)

Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advance

Jul. 3, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops were enforcing positions along the border with Turkey, officials said Friday, to prevent Turkish forces from advancing deeper into Iraqi territory after two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Security officials said Ankara has...

Duterte pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troops

Jul. 3, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president flew to the country’s volatile south on Friday to plead with military forces not to retaliate following the fatal police shootings of four soldiers, including two officers, in violence the army chief called “a rubout.” President...

Dawn Gomez holds her 3-year-old granddaughter, Saryia Greer, who waves at Vanessa Guillen's mural painted by Alejandro

Complaint: Missing Texas soldier was killed at Fort Hood

Jul. 3, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal and military investigators say a soldier missing since April was killed and dismembered by a fellow soldier stationed at the same Texas base. The revelation followed demands for the Army to release details about its investigation of the disappearance. A criminal complaint...

In this handout photo provided by the Press Information Bureau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi adresses soldiers during a visit to Nimu, Ladakh area, India, Friday, July 3, 2020. Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in remote Ladakh region bordering China where the soldiers of the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months. Modi’s visit comes in the backdrop of massive Indian army build-up in Ladakh region following hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and dozens injured, the worst military confrontation in over four decades between the Asian giants. (Press Information Bureau via AP)

Modi visits military base close to China amid standoff

Jul. 3, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in a remote region bordering China where troops from the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months. Modi, accompanied by India’s military leadership, met with troops in...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June 8, 2020, Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis, rear fourth from left, opens the court session as the trial resumed for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with crimes including murder for their alleged roles in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly six years ago, at the high security court building at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam.  Judges in the trial on Friday July 3, 2020, have granted requests for further investigations submitted by lawyers representing one of the Russian suspects. (AP Photo/Robin van Lonkhuijsen, FILE)

Judges allow extra investigations for defense at MH17 trial

Jul. 3, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges in the trial in absentia of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Friday granted some requests for further investigations submitted by lawyers representing one of the Russians. Among the additional...