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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2021, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows missiles during a military parade marking the ruling party congress, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who helplessly watched his country's economy decay amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift sanctions from his country. Now he must start over with President Joe Biden, who has previously called him a thug and accused Trump of chasing spectacles instead of meaningful reductions of Kim’s nuclear arsenal.  Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

After Trump setbacks, Kim Jong Un starts over with Biden

Jan. 22, 2021 12:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He helplessly watched his country's already battered economy decay further amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift...

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows missiles during a military parade marking the ruling party congress, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

N.Korea holds huge military parade as Kim vows nuclear might

Jan. 15, 2021 3:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand the country's nuclear weapons program. State media said Kim took center stage in Thursday...

In this Dec. 16, 2020, photo released by Harvey Smith, he poses for a photo as he makes his round on the U.S.-owned Horizon Spirit getting overhauled at the dock in Nantong, eastern China's Jiangsu Province. The crew of the Horizon Spirit plan to spend Christmas looking after their 800-foot (240-meter) long container ship in a southern Chinese shipyard while they are barred, like thousands of sailors worldwide, from going ashore due to coronavirus restrictions. (Harvey Smith via AP)

Anti-virus controls strand merchant sailors aboard ships

Dec. 24, 2020 12:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The crew of the U.S.-owned Horizon Spirit expect to spend Christmas looking after their 800-foot (240-meter) long container ship in a southern Chinese shipyard, barred, like thousands of sailors worldwide, from going ashore due to coronavirus restrictions. Most of the 22-member crew that...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to reporters after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Dec.11, 2020. Following the approval of European leaders Friday Dec. 11, 2020 of expanding sanctions against Ankara, Turkey called on the European Union to act as an ' honest mediator ' in its dispute with EU members Greece and Cyprus over the exploration of gas reserves in the Mediterranean. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Faced with US, EU sanctions, Erdogan calls for dialogue

Dec. 11, 2020 8:40 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Faced with the prospect of sanctions from both the United States and the European Union, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that economic penalties would be detrimental to all sides and that Turkey's disputes with its allies can be resolved through dialogue and...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to reporters before departing for a visit to Azerbaijan, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Erdogan brushed off possible European Union sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, saying they would not affect his country. Erdogan also accused the EU of acting

Turkey's Erdogan brushes off EU sanctions threat

Dec. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off possible European Union sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, saying they would not affect his country. Speaking to reporters before departing for a visit to Azerbaijan, Erdogan also accused the EU of acting...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the Framatome nuclear reactor production site in Le Creusot, France, which the government holds up as an example of industry that serves both civilian and military needs, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Macron wants to stress that nuclear energy is central to France's energy transition and says it emits less than wind or solar. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, Pool)

France to build new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Dec. 8, 2020 11:56 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France will build a new, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to replace its Charles de Gaulle carrier by 2038, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday. Macron framed the decision to use nuclear reactors to propel the future warship as part of France’s climate strategy, stressing...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020 file photo, U.S. soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield, Iraqi Security Forces, in the south of Mosul, Iraq. In a quest to root out Islamic State group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. But the much-touted operation still relied heavily on U.S. intelligence, coalition flights and planning assistance. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan, File)

US troop pullouts in Mideast raise fears of Iranian attacks

Dec. 7, 2020 9:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Pentagon pulls troops out of the Middle East in the coming weeks, under orders from President Donald Trump, U.S. military leaders are working to find other ways to deter potential attacks by Iran and its proxies, and to counter arguments that America is abandoning the region. A...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks, in Istanbul, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Erdogan has criticised France for supporting illegally Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a day after he renewed his vitriolic attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, saying he hopes France will get rid of him soon. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Erdogan calls for energy talks as EU considers Med sanctions

Dec. 7, 2020 11:49 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for negotiations over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean, days ahead of a European Union summit where leaders could decide to impose sanctions on Turkey. The leaders are meeting Thursday in Brussels and will...

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi attend a ceremony celebrating the arrival of the first of four new Sa'ar 6 ships, left, in Haifa, Israel on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Israel’s Navy on Wednesday welcomed the first of four German-made warships that will be at the vanguard of the country’s efforts to protect its coastline and growing natural-gas industry. The first missile boat of “Project Magen” docked at Israel’s Haifa port, with three more of the German-made corvettes scheduled to arrive over the next two years. (Heidi Levine/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli navy welcomes new generation of German-made warships

Dec. 2, 2020 2:37 PM EST

HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy on Wednesday welcomed the first of four German-made warships that will be at the vanguard of the country’s efforts to protect its coastline and growing natural-gas industry. The first missile boat of “Project Magen” docked at Israel’s...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...