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N. Macedonia: Pro-Western leader invited to form government

Aug. 13, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s president on Thursday formally invited the head of the country's pro-Western Social Democrats to form a new government, after the party came first in July 15 general elections. But Zoran Zaev's party failed to win a controlling majority in the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria. Assad interrupted a speech he was giving to Parliament after he suffered a brief drop in blood pressure, the Syrian presidency said Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The presidency said the apparently pre-recorded speech was halted for “several minutes” because of a “mild” case of low blood pressure he suffered, after which he continued the speech as normal. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Syria: President Assad suffers brief drop in blood pressure

Aug. 12, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad interrupted a speech he was giving to parliament Wednesday, telling a room full of lawmakers that he needed to “sit down for a minute” after suffering a brief drop in blood pressure. Assad, 54, was half an hour through his speech when he...

Women vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptians wrap up voting for Senate seats with no power

Aug. 12, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian election authorities began counting ballots Wednesday after polls closed in a vote for two-thirds of the seats in the newly restored but powerless Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament. The Senate was restored as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year....

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 file photo, demonstrators wear mask depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister and coalition partner Benny Gantz, right, during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel. When  Netanyahu and his rival, Gantz, agreed to form an “emergency” government in May after three bitter, and ultimately deadlocked, election campaigns, the goal was to stabilize Israeli politics in the face of a global pandemic. Less than 100 days later their fractious coalition government appears to be headed toward collapse as Israel grapples with a raging coronavirus outbreak, an economic calamity and a wave of public protests. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israeli PM's uneasy alliance seems headed toward collapse

Aug. 11, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form an “emergency” government in May after three bitter and deadlocked election campaigns, the goal was to stabilize Israeli politics in the face of a global pandemic. But less than 100 days later,...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley addresses the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters. Preliminary election results from an Aug. 10, 2020 vote shows Rowley appearing to have secured re-election, however, the opposition United National Congress has demanded a recount. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Incumbent party leads Trinidad & Tobago general election

Aug. 11, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley appears to have secured reelection with preliminary election results Tuesday showing his party winning a 22-19 parliamentary victory in the energy-rich Caribbean nation mired in a recession. The preliminary results from Monday's...

Fireworks thrown by anti-government protesters explode over Riot Police during clashes near the parliament building following last Tuesday's massive explosion in the seaport which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger

Aug. 10, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is “bigger than the state.” The move risks opening the way...

Iran shutters newspaper after expert questions virus numbers

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran shut down a newspaper on Monday after it published remarks by an expert who said the official figures on coronavirus cases and deaths in the country account for only 5% of the real toll, allegations rejected by the Health Ministry. Mohammad Reza Sadi, the editor-in-chief of Jahane...

Belgian court rejects move to extradite ex-Catalan minister

Aug. 7, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian court on Friday rejected Spain’s demand to have a former high-ranking politician from the region of Catalonia extradited, in yet another set back for the country's efforts to try several officials in exile over their alleged roles in an independence referendum that Madrid...

Pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha talks to police at a police station, Friday, Aug, 7, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high profile members of the pro-democracy movement. Among them was  Arnon, who was arrested on charges of sedition and defying an emergency decree the government instituted months ago to try to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters threaten escalation as police make arrests

Aug. 7, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed Friday to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. Protest leaders warned that they will expand their activities if the government fails to meet their...

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa greets supporters following his election victory in the general election at his residence in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The country's powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Rajapaksa is likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, after the vote that could strengthen dynastic rule in the Indian Ocean island nation. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka's election

Aug. 7, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely...