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Greece OKs Venezuelan Embassy assets seizure in legal case

Apr. 09, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Justice Ministry has authorized a court order to seize assets from the Venezuelan Embassy in Athens following a court case linked to sexual misconduct and wrongful dismissal allegations made by former female staff members. The court...

Philippines warns it could seek US help amid feud with China

Apr. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines could seek the help of the United States, with which it has a mutual defense treaty, to protect its interests in the South China Sea, Manila’s defense department said Thursday in a veiled threat amid an escalating feud with China over a contested...

Myanmar ambassador to UK says he is locked out of embassy

Apr. 08, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, who has criticized the military coup in his country, says he has been locked out of his London office by colleagues. Kyaw Zwar Minn said he was barred from entering the embassy on Wednesday evening by diplomats...

Turkey summons China's ambassador over Twitter posts

Apr. 07, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned China’s ambassador after the embassy suggested on Twitter that it could take action against two Turkish politicians who criticized Beijing’s treatment of its Muslim Uyghur community. A Foreign Ministry official said the...

Philippine defense chief in verbal tussle with China on reef

Apr. 03, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An annoyed Philippine defense chief renewed a demand on Saturday for dozens of Chinese vessels to leave a Manila-claimed reef in the South China Sea, and said he would not be fooled by Chinese assertions that the vessels were taking shelter from bad weather. ...

Italy: Officer held for spying says he had no sensitive info

Apr. 02, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents to Russia says he didn’t have access to any information that would have compromised the security or strategic operations of Italy or NATO, his lawyer said Friday. Attorney Roberto De Vita met...

The Latest: FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

Apr. 01, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial. The agency said late Thursday it approved new vials from Moderna that can contain up to 15 doses each, compared with...

Russia: North Korea 'exodus' will continue amid hardship

Apr. 01, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — MOSCOW — Russia’s embassy in North Korea says the country is suffering severe shortages of medicines and necessary goods amid the coronavirus pandemic. Despite claiming to be coronavirus free, North Korea has sealed off its borders as part of...

In Italy spy story, Navy captain struggled with mortgage

Apr. 01, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s spy thriller took a decidedly mundane turn Thursday with indications that the Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents to Russia was desperate for extra money to pay his mortgage and support his four children. Walter Biot, an...

Italy orders 2 Russian Embassy officials expelled for spying

Mar. 31, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled Wednesday and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the officer allegedly giving classified documents to one of the Russians in exchange for money. Foreign Minister Luigi...