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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, greet each other by using their elbows before their talks, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 6, 2020. Cavusoglu and Borrell have discussed Turkey-EU relations, regional issues, Libya and Syria. (Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey calls on EU to be 'honest' in dispute with members

Jul. 6, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish foreign minister on Monday called on the European Union to be an “honest broker” in disputes between Ankara and EU member states France, Greece and Cyprus. Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that Turkey would be forced to “reciprocate” against any...

In this file photo dated Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, pro-democracy protesters in central Hong Kong. The Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming on Monday July 6, 2020, accused Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson of meddling in China's affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, FILE)

Chinese diplomat derides UK's move to offer HK citizenship

Jul. 6, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Britain accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday of meddling in China's affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming defended his country’s new national...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 7, 2020, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London. Raab on Monday July 6, 2020, announced targeted economic sanctions against individuals and organizations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea under new U.K. powers to punish human-rights offenders.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, FILE)

UK sanctions Russians, Saudis under new Magnitsky powers

Jul. 6, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Monday announced economic sanctions against individuals and organizations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and North Korea under new U.K. powers to punish human rights offenders. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the sanctions targeted those behind “some of the notorious...

Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva holds a bunch of flowers after a court session in Pskov, Russia, Monday, July 6, 2020. A court in the city of Pskov convicted Prokopyeva on charges of condoning terrorism on Monday and ordered her to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. (AP Photo)

Russian journalist fined in case that drew broad outrage

Jul. 6, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist on Monday was convicted on charges of condoning terrorism and ordered to pay a fine in a case that has been widely criticized as an attack on freedom of speech. The court in the city of Pskov found Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism” and...

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

German government split over police racial profiling study

Jul. 6, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security and justice officials are at odds over calls to study the use of racial profiling by police, a practice that human rights activists say is widespread in the country. Earlier this year, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance recommended that federal and...

Russia still to decide whether to stay in overflight treaty

Jul. 6, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Russia is keeping all options open following the U.S. decision to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities, a top Russian diplomat said Monday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said after a video call with senior diplomats from other participating countries...

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, is received by Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa at the Sao Bento palace in Lisbon, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Spain, Portugal press EU partners for swift deal on spending

Jul. 6, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The leaders of Spain and Portugal pressed Monday for the European Union to clinch a deal by the end of this month on a recovery fund to help its 27 member countries weather the economic fallout from the new coronavirus pandemic. “It’s crucial that all EU leaders...

Visitors take photos of the Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, in Paris, Monday, July 6, 2020. The home of the world's most famous portrait, the Louvre Museum in Paris, reopened Monday after a four-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/ Thibault Camus)

"Mona Lisa" back at work, visitors limited as Louvre reopens

Jul. 6, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The “Mona Lisa” is back in business. Paris' Louvre Museum, which houses the world's most famous portrait, reopened Monday after a four-month coronavirus lockdown and without its usual huge throngs. The reopening of the world's most-visited museum was a bright spot in what is...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020 file photo, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addresses a press conference at EU Headquarters in Brussels. The European Union's executive arm expressed regrets on Monday, July 6, 2020 after its top official threw her support behind the ruling conservative party in Croatia's parliamentary elections. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen appeared with other center-right politicians in a promotional video clip posted by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) ahead of Sunday's vote, in breach of political neutrality guidelines for commission officials. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP, File)

EU top official criticized for breaching code of conduct

Jul. 6, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm blamed a series of technical mistakes after its top official threw her support behind the ruling conservative party in Croatia's parliamentary elections, in breach of political neutrality guidelines. Ursula von der Leyen, the German president of the...

In this Thursday, June 25, 2020 file photo, Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, left, is welcomed by European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels. The EU announced on Monday, July 6, 2020 that European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will host a meeting on July 12 between Serbia and Kosovo's leaders, the first meeting between the two in long-stalled European Union-supervised negotiations aimed at normalizing relations between the two. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP, File)

Serbia, Kosovo leaders to meet as EU-backed talks resume

Jul. 6, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks in Brussels on July 12, the first meeting between the two in long-stalled European Union-supervised negotiations aimed at normalizing relations, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said Monday. Sunday’s meeting between Kosovo...