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Words are written by Lebanese citizens in front of the scene of Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Public fury over the 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. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Beirut explosion bares pitfalls of sending aid to Lebanon

Aug. 9, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals and schools, then shattered and bent water pipes, then the crater that once was Lebanon’s port. The rebuilding needs of Lebanon are immense, but so is the question of how to ensure the millions of dollars promised in international aid is not diverted in a country notorious...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

Gunmen kill at least 20 in village in eastern Burkina Faso

Aug. 7, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen stormed a cattle market and opened fire in an eastern Burkina Faso village Friday, killing at least 20 people and injuring many others, a local government official said. The attack in Namoungou village is being investigated, said Saidou Sanou, the governor of the...

Residents dig a mass grave for victims of an attack that left over 60 dead in the village of Masteri in west Darfur, Sudan Monday, July 27, 2020. A recent surge of violence in Darfur, the war-scarred region of western Sudan, has deprived more than 14,000 children of medical care, a leading aid group reported on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Mustafa Younes via AP)

Aid group: Darfur attacks strand 14,000 without medical help

Jul. 30, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A recent surge of violence in Darfur, the war-scarred region of western Sudan, has deprived more than 14,000 children of medical care, a leading aid group reported on Thursday. Save the Children said it was forced to close two major health facilities and its field office in the village of...

Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine tighten regional cooperation

Jul. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine on Tuesday announced a new platform for increasing cooperation in security, economy, and political matters, as well as for fighting COVID-19. The foreign ministers of the three neighboring nations launched the so-called Lublin Triangle during their...

Sudanese bury victims of Darfur violence as troops deploy

Jul. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese in the western Darfur region on Monday buried their dead from the latest bout of violence between between Arab tribes, an aid worker said, after more than 60 people were killed over the past two days and as the country's transitional authorities deployed more security forces to the...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016 file photo, people gather to take basic food stuffs and other aid from community leaders charged with distributing equitably the supplies to the 64,000-person refugee camp called Ruqban on the Jordan-Syria border. Over the last two days, members of the UN Security Council have been haggling over cross-border aid delivery to Syria, with Russia, a major ally of the Syria government, working to reduce the delivery of U.N. humanitarian aid to Syria's last rebel-held northwest down from two crossings to just one. A final vote is expected Friday, July 10, 2020 as western countries push on a new resolution to keep the two crossings open for six months, instead of a year. (AP Photo, File)

UN approves aid to Syria's rebel area through 1 crossing

Jul. 11, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia scored a victory for its ally Syria on Saturday by forcing the Security Council to limit humanitarian aid deliveries to the country’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey, a move that Western nations say will cut a lifeline for 1.3 million...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, a member of a humanitarian aid agency disinfects inside Ibn Sina Hospital as prevention against the coronavirus in Idlib, Syria. Hospitals in Syria’s overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus. A leading doctor in the area said on Friday, July 10, 2020 that the measures will last at lest a week. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Hospitals in Syria's rebel area reduce services amid virus

Jul. 10, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in Syria's overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus, a leading doctor in the area said Friday. The regional education department also announced it was closing all...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, center, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, second right, are taking a family photo with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic, right, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, left and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second left, at the start of a Visegrad Group summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 3, 2020, as Poland takes the rotating presidency of the regional cooperation group.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday that the European Union’s budget for the next seven years should be generous for Central European nations, which aim to help drive the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Duda spoke to open a summit of prime ministers of...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, Jordan's King Abdullah II addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Trump administration is considering withholding aid to one of its closest Arab partners, Jordan, in a bid to secure the extradition of a woman convicted in Israel of a 2001 bombing that killed 15 people, including two American citizens. The extradition issue is likely to be raised this week when King Abdullah II speaks to several congressional committees to voice his opposition to Israel’s plans to annex portions of the West Bank. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US considers withholding aid to Jordan to force extradition

Jun. 16, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering withholding aid to one of its closest Arab partners, Jordan, in a bid to secure the extradition of a woman convicted in Israel of a 2001 bombing that killed 15 people, including two American citizens. The administration says it's weighing...