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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US: Russian jets in Libya present broader worries for region

May. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. Brig. Gen. Gregory Hadfield, deputy...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which emptied Islam's holiest site for what they say sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus. The Islamic State group in an audio message released late Thursday, May 28, 2020, blasted Iraq’s new prime minister, calling him an “American agent” and criticizing the closure of Islam’s holiest shrine in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to limit the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

IS blasts Iraq PM as American agent, calls for more attacks

May. 29, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group in an audio message blasted Iraq’s new prime minister, calling him an “American agent,” and criticized the closure of Islam’s holiest shrine in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to limit the spread of coronavirus. In the message allegedly read...

EU renews Syria sanctions with conflict in its 10th year

May. 28, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Top lawmaker denies that Russia sent warplanes to Libya

May. 27, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Viktor Bondarev, the former Russian air force chief who heads the defense committee in the...

Turkey: Soldier killed in explosion in Syria's Idlib

May. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry has announced the death of a Turkish soldier in Idlib, the last rebel-held territory in northwest Syria. In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the soldier was wounded in an explosion and died later in a hospital. It said the explosion took place in an...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US military says Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya

May. 26, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military Tuesday accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Russia called the claim “disinformation." In a strongly worded statement, the U.S. Africa...

School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

Reports: Russian mediation reopens major highway in NE Syria

May. 25, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Traffic returned to a major highway in northeastern Syria for the first time in seven months on Monday, following Russian mediation to reopen parts of the road captured last year by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. Syrian Kurdish media and a Syrian Kurdish official said several vehicles...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

Kosovo Albanian women charged with joining IS terror group

May. 22, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Friday filed terrorism charges against two ethnic Albanian women for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors alleged in a statement that the two women, identified only as A.A. and L.I., went to Syria where they “willingly became...