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Israel downs rocket launched by Gaza militants

Aug. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm. Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The military said the Iron Dome missile defense system...

Afghan officials say Pakistani rockets kill 9, wound 50

Jul. 31, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan fired a barrage of rockets across its southwestern border, killing nine people and wounding 50 in an Afghan frontier town, Afghan officials said Friday. Pakistan said Afghan border guards fired first and blamed them for the previous night's exchange. The shooting that led...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. The ongoing sharp deterioration in U.S.-China ties poses risks to both countries and the rest of the world. With the U.S. presidential campaign heating up, all bets are that relations with China will only get worse. At stake are global trade, technology and security. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trade, technology and security at risk in US-China feud

Jul. 27, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — They have the largest economies in the world. They spend more than anyone else on their militaries. From high-tech chips to control of the high seas, their interests are closely intertwined. The ongoing sharp deterioration in U.S.-China ties poses risks to both countries and the rest of the...

Greece says tension easing in East Med dispute with Turkey

Jul. 27, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Turkey has reduced the number of navy vessels in an area of the East Mediterranean where it disputes Greek jurisdiction over oil-and-gas drilling rights, Greek authorities said Monday. Tensions in the long-standing dispute flared last week between the two NATO allies when Turkey...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, Hook told journalists Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

US diplomat says America keeps pushing to end Qatar crisis

Jul. 26, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, a U.S. diplomat said Sunday. U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook acknowledged the...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, a Qatar Airways jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Long-haul carrier Qatar Airways said Wednesday, July 22, 2020, it launched international arbitration seeking at least $5 billion from four boycotting Arab countries for blocking its flights from their airspace and their markets, years into a simmering political dispute between the nations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Qatar Airways sues, seeks $5B from boycotting countries

Jul. 22, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul carrier Qatar Airways said Wednesday it launched international arbitration seeking at least $5 billion from four boycotting Arab countries for blocking its flights from their airspace and their markets, years into a simmering political dispute between the...

Syria reports suspected Israeli air raids on capital

Jul. 20, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian military said the country's air defenses responded on Monday to Israeli air raids in south Damascus that wounded seven soldiers and caused material damage, and residents said loud explosions rocked the capital. It was not clear what the targets were. The air raids, which...

FILE - In this Feb 13, 2019 file photo, Egypt's Parliament meets in Cairo Egypt. The Egyptian Parliament is likely to vote Monday, July 20, 2020, to authorize the country's president to deploy troops to war-torn Libya if Turkey-backed forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli move to retake the strategic coastal city of Sirte. The House of Representative, packed with the president's supporters, is highly likely to vote in favor of sending troops. Egypt has been backing the east-based Libyan forces in the conflict while Turkey backs the forces in Tripoli, in the west. (AP Photo, File)

Egypt approves Libya deployment, risking clash with Turkey

Jul. 20, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s parliament on Monday authorized the deployment of troops outside the country, a move that could escalate the spiraling war in Libya after the president threatened military action against Turkish-backed forces in the oil-rich country. A troop deployment in Libya could bring...

Japan protests Chinese maritime survey off southern islets

Jul. 20, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has protested to Beijing over a Chinese survey ship that operated for 10 days inside the exclusive economic zone claimed by Japan around Okinotorishima, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, officials said Monday. Japan says Okinotorishima — two uninhabited rocky outcroppings about...

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks with his Iraqi counterpart, Fouad Hussein during his visit to Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iran FM visits Baghdad ahead of Iraq PM trip to Saudi Arabia

Jul. 19, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Sunday stressed that Iran-Iraq relations would not be “shaken” ahead of the Iraqi prime minister's planned visit this week to Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival. Several hours after Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Baghdad, three mortars struck near...