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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. Libya’s east-based forces have announced that they will abide by a Russia and Turkish-brokered ceasefire starting Sunday, in a last-minute reversal. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Libya truce holds amid reports of violations by both sides

Jan. 12, 2020 2:52 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's rival governments were sticking to an internationally brokered cease-fire that began Sunday, even as immediate reports of violations by both sides raised concerns it might not hold. The truce, proposed by Russia and Turkey, could be the first break in fighting in months, and...

Mourners place candles and photographs outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, during a vigil for those killed after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed, killing at least 63 Canadians, just minutes after taking off from Iran's capital. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Iran invites US agency to help with crash probe

Jan. 9, 2020 8:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Iran-related developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Iran has invited the U.S. accident-investigating agency to take part in the probe of this week’s crash of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran. The National Transportation Safety Board said late Thursday that it would...

A car carrying Libyan eastern-based forces General Khalifa Hifter, center, leaves Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's office in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Hifter traveled to Rome on Wednesday on a previously unannounced visit to meet with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte. An Italian government spokesman, Rocco Casalino, said Serraj was expected to meet with Conte later in the evening. (Fabio Cimaglia/LaPresse via AP)

Libya's east-based forces shoot down suggestion of a truce

Jan. 9, 2020 4:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for one of Libya's rival factions has said its forces will keep fighting for the country's capital after Russia and Turkey called for a ceasefire yesterday. Spokesman for the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces Ahmed al-Mosmari said in a video statement late Thursday that group's...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The dual natural gas line connecting the countries will open up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe, through new and existing lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Leaders of Turkey, Russia urge Jan. 12 cease-fire in Libya

Jan. 8, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and Russia called for a Jan. 12 cease-fire in war-torn Libya on Wednesday while European Union officials intensified diplomatic efforts to cool tensions in the North African nation by holding talks with its prime minister. In a related diplomatic push in Rome, Italian Premier...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell answers a question during a news conference in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Borrell met Tuesday with the Foreign Affairs Minister's of Britain, Italy, Germany and France where they were expected to hold talks about the current situation in Libya and Iran. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU seeks Libya ceasefire, end to Turkish 'interference'

Jan. 7, 2020 2:15 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union called Tuesday on Turkey to stop its “interference” in conflict-ravaged Libya and appealed to forces fighting in the northern African country to call a ceasefire around the capital, Tripoli. Speaking after talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, France,...

Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Iran has vowed

Rockets fired after day of mourning for slain Iranian leader

Jan. 4, 2020 7:19 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands took to the streets of Baghdad for the funeral procession of Iran's top general Saturday after he was killed in a U.S. airstrike, as the region braced for the Islamic Republic to fulfill its vows of revenge. The day of mourning in the Iraqi capital ended Saturday evening with a...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he addresses the members of his ruling party, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Erdogan says Thursday his government will submit a bill to parliament that would allow Turkey to send troops to Libya, in support of the U.N.-backed government there. Erdogan said the Libyan government, which controls the capital, Tripoli, has

Libyan official: Turkish troops unwanted, destabilizing

Dec. 28, 2019 12:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's willingness to dispatch troops to Libya is “unacceptable" and such a move would constitute unwanted meddling in the affairs of a friendly country, the speaker of the North African country's parliament said Saturday. Aguila Saleh said in a joint statement with his...

A couple stands in a golden sunset in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, just hours after an exceptional 1.5 meter tide receded from nearby St. Mark's Square. It was the third flood topping 1.5 meters this week, following Tuesday's 1.87-meter flood which was the worst in 53 years. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

Nov. 17, 2019 10:36 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area...