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Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

Rescue teams search for missing people at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Iran FM says West using Beirut blast to dictate policies

Aug. 14, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran's top diplomat on Friday accused Western countries of taking advantage of Beirut’s massive explosion last week that killed and injured thousands to dictate their own policies on Lebanon. The comments by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came during a visit to...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

By sea, rail or by air, Brits scramble to get out of France

Aug. 14, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Cars lined up at ports while trains and planes filled out fast as British tourists scurried to get out of France on Friday before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks. Families cut summer vacations short and other travelers made hasty plans to return to the...

This photo provided Friday Aug.14, 2020 by the French Defense Ministry shows the French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, center, escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (French Defense Ministry via AP)

EU urges Turkey to 'deescalate' energy dispute with Greece

Aug. 14, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed “full solidarity” with Greece and Cyprus and urged a “immediate deescalation” by Turkey after EU foreign ministers held urgent talks Friday on high military tensions over offshore drilling rights in the...

France pays homage to six French aid workers killed in Niger

Aug. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Prime Minister Jean Castex paid homage on Friday to six French aid workers killed last week in Niger, saying they were likely victims of the same kind of hate behind the 2015 terror attack on a French music hall. Castex bowed his head before the six coffins draped in blue aligned in a special...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

In this photo provided by the Greek National Defence, a French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, rear left is escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France for its decision to boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (Greek National Defence via AP)

Greece welcomes French navy presence in Meditteranean

Aug. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. Meanwhile, Turkey accused...

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, right, listens to an NGO volunteer during his visit to a main gathering point for volunteers, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, Pool)

US official says FBI joining Beirut explosion investigation

Aug. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the massive explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, a U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Lebanese authorities had invited the FBI to take part,...

French Interior minister condemns arson attempt at a mosque

Aug. 13, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister on Thursday condemned on Thursday an arson attempt at a mosque in the French city of Lyon. Gerald Darmanin denounced in a tweet “anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian acts” as “stupid and heinous," less than a week after another fire damaged...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese president Michel Aoun, right, meets with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Maas said that Lebanon needs a

FM says Germany ready to help Lebanon but reforms necessary

Aug. 12, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Germany stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week's massive explosion, but any support will be linked to economic reforms and an end to pervasive corruption in Lebanon, Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday. Heiko Maas spoke after a tour of...