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Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos, left, welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Athens, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Tension with Turkey was one of the main topics of discussion between the Greek and Russian foreign ministers who met in Athens. Neighbours and NATO allies Greece and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute in over maritime boundaries and energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The Latest: Russian foreign minister Lavrov in quarantine

Oct. 27, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW -- Russia’s foreign minister has self-isolated after contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus. The Foreign Ministry says Sergey Lavrov was feeling well but will postpone his official trips and meetings. It didn’t identify the infected person. The announcement follows...

Ukrainian tourist, Egyptian guide lose limbs in shark attack

Oct. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said Tuesday. The attack took place Sunday when two tourists — a mother and her son —and their tour guide were...

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) poses for a portrait prior to an interview with Associated Press in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

UN watchdog: Iran building at underground nuclear facility

Oct. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Inspectors from the U.N.'s atomic watchdog have confirmed Iran has started building an underground centrifuge assembly plant after its previous one exploded in what Tehran called a sabotage attack over the summer, the agency's head told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Iran also continues to...

People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Oct. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier. The renewed violence has undermined an already shaky...

Supporters of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamist political party, carry a cutout of French President Emmanuel Macron with a garland of footwear around it as they protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday called for boycotts of French products and for protests over the caricatures, but Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Thousands in Bangladesh protest against French cartoons

Oct. 27, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Around 10,000 people in Bangladesh rallied in the South Asian nation's capital on Tuesday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. Protesters from the...

Court: Belgium violated human rights in Sudan migrant's case

Oct. 27, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Belgium violated the rights of a Sudanese refugee it deported three years ago despite a judicial decision that suspended the move. The Strasbourg-based court said the refugee, who had entered Belgium illegally as he tried to reach the...

Turkey: US consulate employee receives 5-year jail term

Oct. 27, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Tuesday convicted a local employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul of aiding a terrorist organization and sentenced him to five years and two months in prison, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. The Istanbul court found Mete Canturk, a Consulate security...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 3, 2020, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, and according to a statement FIFA says Infantino “has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for ten days.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

FIFA president Infantino tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that Infantino has mild symptoms and "has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.” People who have come into...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders passes army trucks blocking the roads to prevent protesting farmers from reaching parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a “terrorist” according to Turkey's state-run news agency Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Turkey's Erdogan sues Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker for insults

Oct. 27, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a “terrorist.” The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan’s lawyer...

Members of the Lebanese General Security forces play with an Albanian child during an operation to take them back home to Albania from al-Hol, northern Syria, at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The repatriation of four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals who joined Islamic extremist groups in Syria

Albania says repatriation of 5 from Syria a 'great step'

Oct. 27, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The successful repatriation of four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals killed fighting with Islamic extremist groups in Syria “is a great step” to be followed by more repatriations, Albania's prime minister said Tuesday. Edi Rama would not specify the...