Latest Territorial disputes News

Russia deploys missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Dec. 1, 2020 1:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Tuesday announced the deployment of state-of-the-art air defense missiles to the Pacific islands claimed by Japan. Russia's Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300V4 air defense missile systems have entered combat duty on the Kuril Islands, adding...

Kashmiris stand in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of District Development Councils election on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Thousands of people in Indian-controlled Kashmir voted Saturday amid tight security and freezing cold temperatures in the first phase of local elections, the first since New Delhi revoked the disputed region's semiautonomous status. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmir people vote in local polls amid cold and security

Nov. 28, 2020 8:42 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people in Indian-controlled Kashmir voted Saturday amid tight security and freezing cold temperatures in the first phase of local elections, the first since New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semiautonomous status. Nearly 6 million people across...

Kashmiris walk past the site of an attack on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir Thursday killed two soldiers in an attack in the disputed region’s main city, the Indian army said.(AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmir rebels kill 2 Indian soldiers in region's main city

Nov. 26, 2020 7:48 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed two soldiers in an attack Thursday in the disputed region’s main city, the Indian army said. Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman, said militants sprayed bullets at an army patrol on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Two soldiers...

A Palestinian boy sells bananas on a donkey carte in an alley in the Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and caused its poverty and unemployment rates to skyrocket, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the 13-year closure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

Nov. 25, 2020 4:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure. The report by the U.N. Conference on...

French Senate pushes Paris to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh

Nov. 25, 2020 1:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French Senate voted Wednesday to urge the government to recognize the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic. The symbolic resolution does not mean the French government will recognize a sovereign Nagorno-Karabakh, but sends a message of support to...

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, bumps elbows with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the start of their meeting in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan, China agree on economic ties, split over islands

Nov. 25, 2020 10:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's top diplomat told Japan's leader on Wednesday that Beijing wants the two Asian powers to have good relations and cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, but the two sides remained at odds over an island dispute. Foreign Minister Wang Yi...

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...

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...

Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer

Nov. 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of him with an Israeli pop star was posted online, prompting angry rants from newscasters and the actor-singer's suspension from a stage and film professionals’ union. The outcry over Mohamed Ramadan’s photograph with...

Taiwan's leader launches production of domestically made sub

Nov. 24, 2020 1:20 AM EST

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president inaugurated the production of domestically made submarines Tuesday in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in a step forward for the island's defense strategy at a time of elevated tensions with China. “This submarine is an important part of allowing our navy...