Latest Territorial disputes News

Troops in Kashmir exchange fire, 4 civilians killed

Oct. 16, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged gunfire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others, officials from both sides said Wednesday, as tensions remain high between the two South Asian countries. Kashmir is split between Pakistan...

India's court ends hearings in Hindu-Muslim temple dispute

Oct. 16, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday ended hearings to settle a land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site in northern India where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly violence. The five judges are expected to...

Vietnam bans animated 'Abominable' over South China Sea map

Oct. 16, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has pulled "Abominable" from theaters because the U.S.-Chinese-made animated movie showed a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. The image in one scene showed the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline around the resource-rich waters...

Analysis: Are China's 'internal affairs' going more global?

Oct. 11, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

One day in 1955, the fledgling People's Republic of China was unhappy about U.S. involvement with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing considered its territory. So Premier Zhou Enlai wrote a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations. "The Chinese people's exercise of their own sovereign...

With little to show, Gazans question mass border protests

Oct. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ahmed Abu Artima was one of the founders of the "Great March of Return," the weekly protests along Gaza's frontier with Israel meant to draw attention to the plight of the territory's 2 million people. But these days, he mostly avoids the demonstrations. He is among a growing...

Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

Oct. 10, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out. Amid...

Crime wave in Israel's Arab towns exposes rift with police

Oct. 10, 2019 1:50 AM EDT

MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel (AP) — In the week since three men were killed in a midday shootout in an Arab town in northern Israel, the country has seen mass protests, complaints of police negligence and a public debate about violence in Arab communities that has veered into racist generalizations. A recent spike...

For Kurds, US pull-back feels like being abandoned once more

Oct. 7, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For Syria's Kurds, the United States' abrupt pull-back from positions in northeast Syria carries a sharp sting, reviving the community's memories over being abandoned in the past by the Americans and other international allies on whose support they had pinned their aspirations. The...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 7, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Police: Indian fire kills woman in Pakistan-held Kashmir

Oct. 7, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Sniper fire from India killed a woman outside her home in the border village of Abbaspur, in Pakistan-held Kashmir, a senior Pakistani police official said Monday. According to police chief Zulqarnain Chaudhry, the 45-year-old woman was killed on Sunday. The fire came from the...