Latest Territorial disputes News

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Taiwanese military officer salutes to Taiwan's flag onboard Navy's 124th fleet Lafayette frigate during military exercises off Kaohsiung, southern of Taiwan. China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji

Oct. 19, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji. Both China and Taiwan confirmed the Oct. 8 incident but each disputed the other’s...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

Israel: Gaza militants fire rocket into southern Israel

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said. There were no reports of casualties or damage and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. The Gaza-Israel border has been mostly quiet...

Jewish settlers fight fire in olive groves near their outpost that was caused by Israeli police's teargas canisters, used to disperse Palestinian farmers going to their groves, in the West Bank village of Burqa, East of Ramallah, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Palestinians clashed with Israeli border police in the West Bank on Friday during their attempt to reach and harvest their olive groves near a Jewish settlers outpost. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Israel settlement plans draw international condemnation

Oct. 16, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli plans to advance the building of thousands of settlement units in the occupied West Bank drew European condemnation on Friday as approvals for constructions hit a record high in 2020. The European countries warned the building perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. Wednesday's development indicates they are pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel OKs more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes

Oct. 15, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building, according to a settlement watchdog group. Thursday's approvals, along with more than 2,000 new homes approved a day...

A UNIFIL Navy ship patrols in the Mediterranean Sea next to a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, off the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Lebanon and Israel are to begin indirect talks Wednesday over their disputed maritime border, with American officials mediating the talks that both sides insist are purely technical and not a sign of any normalization of ties. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

US official holds Beirut meetings after Israel-Lebanon talks

Oct. 15, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker met Thursday with a visiting U.S. official, a day after Beirut began indirect negotiations with Israel over their disputed maritime border. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, the top American diplomat for the Middle...

China tracks US Navy ship's passage through Taiwan Strait

Oct. 15, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it tracked a U.S. Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world's two largest economies and rivals for regional influence continue to simmer. The spokesperson for its Eastern Theater Command, Maj....

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over Kashmir border firing

Oct. 15, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat to its Foreign Ministry on Thursday to complain about what Islamabad says was “indiscriminate and unprovoked firing” by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. A Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement said the cross-border...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. Wednesday's development indicates they are pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel gives the green light to over 2,000 settlement homes

Oct. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump. The approval raised the number of settlement homes to be advanced this year...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Azerbaijani soldiers and firefighters search for survivors after rocket fire overnight by Armenian forces in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city, near the border with Armenia. A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP, File)

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of deadly escalation

Oct. 14, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks. The failure of the truce that was...