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FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. The White House said Friday that Trump is awarding the Legion of Merit to Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who, along with Oman, has sought dialog to end a boycott that fellow Gulf Cooperation Council that’s targeted Qatar since June 2017. The emir's eldest son was to accept the award on behalf of his father in a private ceremony. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Trump gives award to Kuwait's ruling emir

Sep. 18, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has bestowed a top U.S. honor on Kuwait's ruling emir, who has played a central role in resolving a yearslong four-nation boycott of Qatar and is now ill and receiving treatment in the U.S., the White House said Friday. Trump awarded the Legion of Merit to...

Mexico official: woman's death at water protest was accident

Sep. 18, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The commander of Mexico’s National Guard said Friday the death of a woman shot by guard members at a water protest in northern Mexico earlier this month was “a regrettable accident.” Protesters had fought guardsmen and taken over a dam that is releasing water to pay...

Yury Ambrazevich, Head of Belarus' delegation and Permanent Representative to the UN Office, listen to the speeches, during the opening of 45th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, September 14, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

After showdown, UN rights body OKs more scrutiny of Belarus

Sep. 18, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body on Friday passed a resolution backed by the European Union seeking quick and enhanced scrutiny of alleged violations in Belarus by authorities under President Alexander Lukashenko, after rejecting efforts to squelch speakers and water down the text. The Human...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gestures as he addresses a women's forum in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. President Alexander Lukashenko's decision to close the borders with Poland and Lithuania underlines his repeated claim that the massive wave of protests is driven by the West and comes amid increasing criticism from the United States and the European Union. ( via AP)

Belarus borders remain open despite leader's closure threat

Sep. 18, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' borders with Poland and Lithuania remained open Friday despite the nation's president declaring they would be closed and accusing the neighboring nations of instigating nearly six weeks of protests against his 26 years of authoritarian leadership. Belarusian President...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli participate in a media conference on the EU anti-racism Action Plan at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU unveils plan to combat racism, increase diversity

Sep. 18, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission presented a series of measures Friday aimed at tackling structural racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity among the European Union's institutions. The bloc's executive arm set out its action plan for the next five years, which includes...

Anti-mask protest at West Virginia capitol shut down

Sep. 18, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state capitol on Thursday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. About a dozen people entered the capitol building without wearing face masks, going against an executive order that requires masks inside the...

Pro-democracy activist and student leaders raise a three-fingers salute, a symbol of resistance after a protest rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.  A two-day rally planned for this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday-Sunday event. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Apprehensive Thais await major political rally in Bangkok

Sep. 17, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A two-day rally planned this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react. At least 10,000 people were estimated to have attended a major...

Police: Portland killing suspect pointed gun at officers

Sep. 17, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon, pointed a handgun at officers before he was shot to death by members of a federal task force trying to arrest him, authorities said Thursday. Michael Forest Reinoehl had a .380-caliber handgun when he was killed on...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden pauses on stage during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Biden says Russia will pay for election meddling

Sep. 17, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Joe Biden says Russia will pay a price for interfering in U.S. elections if he wins the White House. The former vice president said Thursday during a CNN town hall staged near his birth city of Scranton,...

Riot police officers detain a protester during a Belarusian opposition supporters' rally protesting the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Protests calling for the Belarusian president's resignation have broken out daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election that officials say handed him a sixth term in office. (AP Photo)

Belarus president closes some borders, puts army on alert

Sep. 17, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, on Thursday announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision underlines his...