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In this photo provided by the Greek National Defence, a French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, rear left is escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France for its decision to boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (Greek National Defence via AP)

Greece welcomes French boost as tension rises in east Med

Aug. 13, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. Meanwhile, Turkey accused...

CORRECTING COUNTRY IN CAPTION TO BELARUS - People with old Belarusian National flag gather in a street protesting the election results in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The demonstrators are contesting the official count showing President Alexander Lukashenko winning a sixth term with 80% of Sunday's vote, with crowds taking to the streets every night since to demand a recount. (AP Photo)

Thousands in Belarus decry president's reelection as rigged

Aug. 12, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallied in Belarus’ capital and other cities for a fourth straight night Wednesday, decrying an election they say was rigged to extend the 26-year rule of the country's authoritarian leader and the crackdown on subsequent demonstrations. In several parts...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 11 The Los Angles Times on TikTok and WeChat: Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo, released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian hard-liners in parliament voted Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, against Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister. The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Writing in Farsi reads:

Iran's president, FM lash out at new US push on arms embargo

Aug. 12, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president and foreign minister lashed out on Wednesday at a revised proposal by the U.S. that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, the latest in the Trump administration's maximum pressure policy against Iran. The U.S. on Tuesday circulated the revised draft at...

US revises UN resolution to extend UN arms embargo on Iran

Aug. 11, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday circulated a revised resolution that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, seeking to gain more support in the 15-member Security Council where veto-wielding Russia and China have voiced strong opposition. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said...

A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

EU refuses to monitor Venezuelan election, urges delay

Aug. 11, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday it won't send observers to monitor Venezuela's upcoming congressional election, citing a lack of fair conditions for a vote that could erase the opposition's last major domestic stronghold of power. The government had invited the EU to send an...

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, speaks during a meeting with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Azar met with Tsai on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

Azar visit to Taiwan is fresh thorn in prickly US-China ties

Aug. 10, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An ongoing visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan will likely exacerbate mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary. From the South China Sea to TikTok, Hong Kong and...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, a man looks at his mobile phone in front of the flag of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, in Kuwait City. The GCC, a six-nation bloc of Gulf Arab nations torn apart by internal strife, unanimously endorsed on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, an extension of a United Nations arms embargo on Iran, just two months before it is set to expire. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

6 Gulf Arab countries back extending UN arms embargo on Iran

Aug. 9, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A six-nation bloc of Gulf Arab nations torn apart by internal strife endorsed an extension of a United Nations arms embargo on Iran, just two months before it is set to expire. The Gulf Cooperation Council on Sunday sent a letter to the U.N. Security Council backing an...

A visitor to an Apple store wears a t-shirt promoting Tik Tok in Beijing on Friday, July 17, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug 6, 2020 ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Q&A: What's up with Trump's orders on TikTok and WeChat?

Aug. 7, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy. But it's far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when...

A woman uses her phone as she passes by the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing, China, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

AP Explains: From Hong Kong to TikTok, US-China ties plummet

Aug. 7, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has launched a major diplomatic and economic offensive against China, hitting Chinese officials with myriad sanctions over the past four months as relations between Washington and Beijing plummet to their lowest levels in decades. President Donald Trump and his...