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Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian militants fire rockets

Oct. 23, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Friday it launched overnight airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired two rockets, with no reports of casualties or major damage on either side. The military said fighter jets and other aircraft struck a weapons manufacturing site and...

Think tank urges China to release Canadian employee

Oct. 21, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the International Crisis Group used a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting attended by China’s foreign minister Tuesday to appeal for the release of the think tank’s northeast Asia expert, Michael Kovrig, who has been held by Beijing for nearly two...

Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop, third left, first row, visits a site of a destroyed houses in a residential area that was hit by rocket fire by Armenian forces, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Ganja, Azerbaijan's second largest city, near the border with Armenia. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov)

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting continues despite truce efforts

Oct. 20, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan reported more fighting on Tuesday over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where clashes have continued for over three weeks despite two attempts at establishing a cease-fire. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said the hostilities carried on overnight...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, right, makes a statement with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias after their meeting in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bilateral issues and maritime border delimitation in the Ionian Sea were the main topics of their discussion. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Greece asks EU countries to halt military exports to Turkey

Oct. 20, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has asked fellow European Union countries to halt military exports to Turkey, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a deepening dispute between the two neighbors over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean. Nikos Dendias also said he has written to...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, makes a statement with the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bilateral issues and maritime border delimitation in the Ionian Sea were the main topics of their discussion. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albania, Greece take maritime dispute to international court

Oct. 20, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Balkan neighbors Albania and Greece said Tuesday they have agreed to refer a dispute over their maritime borders in the Ionian Sea to the Netherlands-based International Court of Justice. The joint decision was announced during a visit to Tirana by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

Oct. 18, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States, which insists the ban remains in place. While Iran says it...

The newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar talks to his supporters after winning the Turkish Cypriots election in the Turkish occupied area in the north part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Ersin Tatar, a hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with rival Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff. (AP Photo/Nedim Enginsoy)

Hardliner wins Turkish Cypriot leadership election

Oct. 18, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who won a Turkish Cypriot leadership election said Sunday he's ready to resume dormant talks aimed at ending Cyprus' 46-year ethnic division, as long as rival Greek Cypriots come to grips with Turkey's regional might. Ersin Tatar, who favors fully aligning Turkish Cypriot...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy pose for photographs after they signed agreements, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. President Zelenskiy is in Istanbul for a one-day working visit. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreements

Oct. 16, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and Ukraine signed military cooperation agreements in Istanbul on Friday, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw...

Men look at the damage in a house a day after four Azerbaijani Turks were killed and several others were wounded in a shelling in a cemetery by Armenian forces, in the city of Tartar, Azerbaijan, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues for a third week despite a Russia-brokered cease-fire deal, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)

Azerbaijan, Armenia trade accusations on Caucasus conflict

Oct. 16, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijani authorities on Friday accused Armenia of expanding the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by shelling a different region in Azerbaijan, a claim rejected by Armenian officials. Armenia, in turn, charged that the Azerbaijani troops executed two Armenian war prisoners —...

Philippines says it will defend oil search in disputed seas

Oct. 16, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is ready to defend the oil and gas exploration it has decided to resume in its internationally recognized waters in the disputed South China Sea and will not cede that right to any nation, the energy chief said Friday. The Department of Energy announced Thursday...