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FILE - In this Saturday, July 18, 2020 file photo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, greets European Council President Charles Michel with an elbow bump during an EU summit in Brussels. The European Council announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 that the European Union summit scheduled to take place on Sept. 24-25, 2020 has been postponed for a week because EU Council President Charles Michel has gone into quarantine as a precaution after a security officer in which he had close contact tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool, File)

EU Council president Michel out of quarantine

Sep. 25, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel has ended his self-quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 for a second time this week. Michel postponed a scheduled summit of European Union leaders scheduled for this week after his possible exposure to the coronavirus. Spokesman Barend...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Turkey slams US speaker over remarks on Trump, Erdogan

Sep. 25, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday accused US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “blatant ignorance” over her comments that questioned U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to democracy and his alleged “admiration” of Turkey’s President Recep...

Turkey seeks arrest of Kurdish politicians over 2014 riots

Sep. 25, 2020 3:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 82 people, including a number pro-Kurdish former lawmakers, as part of an investigation into deadly riots six years ago by Kurds angered at what they perceived to be the government’s inaction against Islamic State...

A Turkish coast guard officer, wearing protective gear to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, carries a child off a life raft during a rescue operation in the Aegean Sea, between Turkey and Greece, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Turkey is accusing Greece of large-scale pushbacks at sea — summary deportations without access to asylum procedures, in violation of international law. The Turkish coast guard says it rescued over 300 migrants

Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them back out to sea

Sep. 25, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

DIKILI, Turkey (AP) — Shortly after reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, a group of Afghan migrants say, their hopes for a new life in Europe were cut short when Greek authorities rounded them up, mistreated them, shoved them into life rafts and abandoned them at sea. Associated Press journalists on a...

Yin Weidong, CEO of the Chinese pharmaceutical company SinoVac, speaks to journalists during a tour of a vaccine factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. SinoVac, one of China's pharmaceutical companies behind a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate says its vaccine will be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the U.S. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

Sep. 24, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowed to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell CoronaVac in the...

Earthquake measuring 4.2 shakes Turkish megacity of Istanbul

Sep. 24, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 hit near Istanbul on Thursday, a Turkish government agency reported, causing some residents to rush outdoors in fear. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centered in...

Turkey hikes rates to support currency, fight inflation

Sep. 24, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Central Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 2 percentage points on Thursday, its first hike in two years to fight inflation and support its falling currency. In a surprise move that helped boost the Turkish currency, the Monetary Policy Committee said it had...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a statement at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes new asylum system to help frontline nations

Sep. 23, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced a major overhaul of its asylum system Wednesday in hopes that more countries will finally share responsibility for people landing on Europe’s shores seeking sanctuary or better lives. The move comes after years of chaos and dispute among the bloc's 27...

Greece: EU to ready Turkey sanctions despite crisis thaw

Sep. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Wednesday that it still expects the European Union to approve sanctions against Turkey despite the two NATO members agreeing to restart talks on maritime boundaries, energy rights and other long-standing disputes. The leaders of the EU's 27 nations are expected to review...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Eskinder Debebe/UN via AP)

Telling COVID's story: At UN, leaders spin virus storylines

Sep. 23, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

The subject: coronavirus. The status: urgent. The solutions: as diverse as the nations they lead. With the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly reduced to recorded speeches because of the pandemic, leaders are using this week as an opportunity to depict the pandemic from the vantage points of their nations and...