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Greece: Turkey still risks EU sanctions over sea dispute

Nov. 26, 2020 8:39 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Thursday that neighbor Turkey has so far refused to take action requested by the European Union to avoid sanctions from the bloc. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said ongoing Turkish offshore gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean has undermined efforts to...

Today in History

Nov. 25, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2020. There are 36 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 25, 2002, President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head. On this date: In...

Tigray women who fled a conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Village 8, the transit centre near the Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Ethiopia's military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be

With Ethiopia on brink of escalation, diplomacy in doubt

Nov. 24, 2020 3:46 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Alarm spiraled Tuesday over Ethiopia's imminent tank attack on the capital of the defiant Tigray region and its population of half a million people, while the U.N. Security Council met for the first time on the three-week-old conflict amid warnings that food in the region is running...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, front right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkish complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors behaved correctly. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

Nov. 24, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly. Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi participate in a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

China, Japan to cooperate in reviving virus-hit economies

Nov. 24, 2020 10:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Japan and China agreed Tuesday to cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, while trying to avoid actions that provoke tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who arrived in Tokyo...

Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned top diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy on Monday after a German frigate that is part of a EU mission enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish...

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gestures during a press briefing in Beijing on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. China on Monday lashed out at Washington over its withdrawal from the

China lashes out at US withdrawal from open skies treaty

Nov. 23, 2020 6:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday lashed out at Washington over its withdrawal from the “Open Skies Treaty” with Russia, saying the move undermined military trust and transparency and imperiled future attempts at arms control. The treaty, to which China is not a signatory, had allowed each...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 7, 2017 file photo, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva adjusts her headphones in Bucharest, Romania. North Macedonia, kept out of the European Union for years by a dispute with Greece, hit yet another hurdle this week when Bulgaria blocked its progress toward membership. The government in Sofia wants North Macedonia to recognize that its language has Bulgarian roots and to stamp out what it says is anti-Bulgarian rhetoric. Foreign Minister Zaharieva said it withheld its consent because North Macedonia is not observing a 2017 friendship treaty. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

Bulgaria is latest block in North Macedonia's bid to join EU

Nov. 21, 2020 7:09 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — It's not easy to plan your future in a region like the Balkans, where history often clouds the present. One of Europe’s youngest nations, North Macedonia, spent years resolving differences with Greece that prevented it joining the European Union and NATO. This week, that path...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a photo prior to a meeting in Tokyo. Motegi announced Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 that his Chinese counterpart Wang will visit Tokyo next week as the two Asian powers discuss ways to resume bilateral visits to revive their pandemic-hit economies and other regional issues. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

China FM to visit Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

Nov. 20, 2020 6:47 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister announced Friday that his Chinese counterpart will visit Tokyo next week to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China's growing influence. “There are various issues of concern between Japan and China, and it is...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home in Vancouver, British Columbia Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, to attend an evidentiary hearing in her extradition case at B.C. Supreme Court. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ambassador visits Canadians detained in China in Huawei case

Nov. 20, 2020 5:39 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Canada’s ambassador to China has visited two Canadians detained for almost two years amid a dispute over the arrest of an executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei. The Canadian government said that Ambassador Dominic Barton met with former diplomat Michael Kovrig on Thursday and...