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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, after Turkey announced its survey vessel, the Oruc Reis, would be dispatched for a new research mission in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region

Oct. 12, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over eastern Mediterranean drilling rights Monday, after Ankara redeployed a survey vessel for new energy exploration in disputed waters — including an area very close to a secluded Greek island. The move...

A handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. German doctors say Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny released from hospital after poisoning treatment. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent is possible, the facility said Wednesday Sept. 23. (Navalny instagram via AP)

Germany: OPCW confirms nerve agent used in Navalny poisoning

Oct. 6, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The global chemical watchdog group has confirmed Germany and other countries' findings that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a Soviet-era nerve agent, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said Tuesday. Steffen Seibert said in a statement...

In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 taken photo a man and a boy walk towards the cordoned-off area in front of the synagogue in Hamburg, Germany. The 26-year-old man was attacked as he was about to enter the grounds of the synagogue in the northern city of Hamburg on Sunday. The victim was taken to the hospital with head injuries. (Jonas Walzberg/dpa via AP)

Germany: Attack on Jewish man investigated as anti-Semitic

Oct. 5, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's leading Jewish group said Monday an attack on a Jewish student outside a synagogue “can only be classified as anti-Semitic” — an assessment that was later confirmed by the authorities. “The situation that Jews increasingly become a target of hatred must...

In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Sep. 30, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for “chaos” and “insults” between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a “credibility deficit”...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to the debate about her policy as part of Germany's budget 2021 debate at the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel applauds 'impressive' women protesters in Belarus

Sep. 30, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised women in Belarus for staging peaceful protests in the wake of the country's disputed presidential election and said Wednesday that she plans to meet soon with the main opposition candidate. Merkel's comments came a day after French President Emmanuel...

An Armenian serviceman fires a cannon towards Azerbaijan positions in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Armenian and Azerbaijani forces accused each other of attacks on their territory Tuesday, as fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a third straight day following the reigniting of a decades-old conflict. (Sipan Gyulumyan/Armenian Defense Ministry Press Service/PAN Photo via AP)

Azerbaijan and Armenia brush off suggestion of peace talks

Sep. 29, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia brushed off the suggestion of peace talks Tuesday, accusing each other of obstructing negotiations over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with dozens killed and injured in three days of heavy fighting. In the latest incident, Armenia...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre, arrives to take part in a coronavirus press conference, in Berlin, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states conferred on how to prevent the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

As cases rise, Germany plans new virus restrictions, fines

Sep. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Tuesday on plans meant to keep the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to levels being seen in other European countries, while keeping schools and businesses open if possible. New...

In this photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia pose for a selfie in an unknown location in Germany. This week Navalny was discharged from a Berlin hospital after being treated for what German authorities determined to be nerve agent poisoning. In an Instagram post on Friday, the politician thanked Russian pilots for landing the plane after he collapsed into a coma on Aug. 20 and medics at the Omsk airport injecting him with atropine, saying they gave him

Russia's Navalny visited by German chancellor in hospital

Sep. 28, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday confirmed reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited him in a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for what German authorities determined was nerve agent poisoning. “There was a meeting, but one shouldn’t call...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. (Andrei Stasevich, BelTA/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony

Sep. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged. One opposition leader...

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...