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Security officials wear face masks as they march in formation near Tiananmen Gate adjacent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by postponing the end of this week's Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus

Jan. 27, 2020 6:11 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its sweeping efforts on Monday to contain a dangerous new virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81. Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they...

This Jan. 27, 2020, photo provided by Dr. Khamis Hassan Bakari of Tanzania, shows an empty street in Wuhan, China. Bakari is among more than 4,000 African students in the Chinese city of 11 million people, and has been sending updates on social media about the outbreak of a new virus to the more than 400 other Tanzanian students in Wuhan, as China’s astonishing lockdown of more than 30 million people continues. (Khamis Hassan Bakari via AP)

Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens in virus epicenter

Jan. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. A look at steps being taken: — CHINA: The government cut...

Germany wants consequences for those breaking Libya embargo

Jan. 27, 2020 1:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister called Monday for countries that break the U.N. embargo on arms exports to Libya to face consequences. Heiko Maas told reporters he was “under no illusion” that much work is still needed to put into practice decisions taken at a recent high-level...

Indonesian migrant workers wear face masks as they play the traditional music instrument

UN health chief visits China to help with virus containment

Jan. 27, 2020 10:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — 11:20 p.m. The director-general of the World Health Organization has flown to China to meet with government officials and health experts trying to contain the spread of a deadly virus that has killed 81 people in China and infected 2,750. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO,...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the situation in Libya and Venezuela, the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Sahel, and climate diplomacy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

Jan. 26, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Heiko Maas said in an article Sunday for the weekly Der Spiegel that German politicians must do more “but there is one thing they...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, second left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Antonio Guterres, second right, Secretary-General of the United Nations, attend a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Libya's neighbors, global envoys seek solutions to conflict

Jan. 23, 2020 2:46 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond met in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country. The meeting brought together foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad,...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, crewmen of Bradley fighting vehicles stand guard at a U.S. military base in Northeastern Syria. Iran has had its fingers in Iraq's politics for years, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander outside Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-Americanism that Tehran now hopes it can exploit to help realize the goal of getting U.S. troops out of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Jan. 23, 2020 4:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal. The...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right, surrounded by other officials talk to each other during their meeting on the sideline of a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts the one-day conference of world powers on Sunday seeking to curb foreign military interference, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to stop the chaos in the North African nation. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Libya players agree to respect arms embargo, push cease-fire

Jan. 19, 2020 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — World powers and other countries with interests in Libya's long-running civil war agreed Sunday to respect a much-violated arms embargo, hold off on military support to the warring parties and push them to reach a full cease-fire, German and U.N. leaders said. The agreement came after about...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, and Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi deliver statements to the press, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Jan. 16, 2020 1:22 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future. Merkel's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, visited Libya's eastern city...

German lawmaker's office window riddled with bullet holes

Jan. 15, 2020 12:45 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A black German lawmaker said Wednesday that bullet holes were found in the window of his constituency office in the eastern city of Halle. Karamba Diaby said on Facebook that police are investigating. The Senegal-born chemist became one of Germany's first black lawmakers in when he and...