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A Kashmiri cycles past a barricade set up as road blockade as a paramilitary soldier stands guard on the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Last year on Aug. 5, India’s Hindu-nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Jammu-Kashmir of its statehood and divided it into two federally governed territories. Late Tuesday, authorities lifted a curfew in Srinagar but said restrictions on public movement, transport and commercial activities would continue because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

UN discusses Kashmir for 3rd time since India ends statehood

Aug. 6, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council discussed disputed Kashmir at Pakistan's request Wednesday for the third time since India’s Hindu nationalist government decided to end the Muslim-majority region’s semi-autonomy a year ago. The U.N.’s most powerful body did not take any...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

Lebanese man helps an injured man who was wounded by an explosion that hit the seaport, in Beirut Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

Aug. 4, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. It was not clear what...

Israeli soldiers gather near shells at an Israeli mobile artillery unit in northern Israel near the border with Lebanon, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The Israeli military on Monday said it thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah militants — setting off one of the heaviest exchanges of fire along the volatile Israel-Lebanon frontier since a 2006 war between the bitter enemies. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Lebanon accuses Israel of provoking border escalation

Jul. 28, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

KFAR CHOUBA, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a “dangerous escalation” along the border in an attempt to modify the mandate of a U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, cautioning against “a slide toward the worse” in coming days. ...

Models wearing face masks pose during a mask fashion show in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea has 100+ cases for 1st time in 4 months

Jul. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours — its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was expected as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo-ship...

Abdul Aziz, who was injured when shrapnel from an Indian mortar wounded his arm, talks to journalists in Chiri Kot sector near the Line of Control, that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Villagers living along a highly militarized frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir have accused India of “intentionally targeting” civilians, but they are vowing that they would never leave their areas. Villagers say the fear of death is no longer present in their hearts after spending so many years in a state of shock and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Villagers say India targets civilians in Pakistan Kashmir

Jul. 22, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

CHIRIKOT, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani villagers living along a highly militarized frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir accused India on Wednesday of intentionally targeting civilians, but they vowed never to leave. Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the disputed region since...

The body of a man who was killed during a deadly attack is moved on a gurney, in the southern Helmand province, Monday, June 29, 2020. A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Helmand province on Monday killed over 20 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor's office said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

UN says Afghan army mistakenly fired mortars that killed 23

Jul. 1, 2020 7:27 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. mission in Afghanistan said its findings indicate the Afghan military had mistakenly fired the mortars this week at a busy market in southern Helmand province that inflicted heavy civilian casualties. According to a statement from the office of the Helmand provincial...

FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's resignation take to the streets in the capital Bamako, Mali.  The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday, June 29, to extend the mandate of the 15,600-strong  U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term road map with benchmarks and conditions for the force to hand over security responsibilities and leave the West African nation. Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the president of a decade. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)

Security Council extends peacekeeping force in Mali for year

Jun. 30, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term and detailed plan for it to hand over security responsibilities and leave the West African nation. The resolution adopted by the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of handing Gold Stars medals to heroes of labor marking the Day of Russia holiday in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 12, 2020. The ceremony marked the first big public event Putin attended since announcing a nationwide lockdown more than two months ago. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin suggests he was key in Kosovo airport occupation

Jun. 14, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is suggesting that he was a key figure in the takeover of Kosovo’s airport by Russian troops at the end of the 1999 war. The occupation of the Slatina airport outside the capital Pristina produced one of the most tense standoffs between Russia and the...

Differences on peace progress in Mali amid terrorist acts

Jun. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Belgium on Thursday criticized signatories to Mali’s 2015 peace agreement for failing to implement it while the U.N. secretary-general, France and others reported progress in the past year. The opposing views at a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting...