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Salvador denies asking Taiwan for money before China switch

Aug. 21, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday denied having asked Taiwan for money in exchange for maintaining diplomatic relations with the self-governing island, saying its decision to switch recognition to China was due to the enormous advantages of trading with the economic giant....

El Salvador, Taiwan break ties as China isolates island foe

Aug. 21, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. The break in ties means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation...

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

Aug. 20, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. The U.N. agency's European office said Monday more than 41,000 measles cases were reported in the region during the first half of the...

Israeli questioning of US Jews at border exposes deeper rift

Aug. 19, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Simone Zimmerman arrived at the check-in window at the Israeli border with Egypt, it didn't take long for the young activist to run into trouble. Zimmerman, a Jewish American living in Israel, quickly became a person of interest after telling the border agent that she worked for an...

Israel closing Gaza crossing after violence along frontier

Aug. 19, 2018 3:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says he's closing the country's main personnel crossing with Gaza in response to recent violence along the frontier. Avigdor Lieberman says Sunday that he's shutting down the Erez border crossing. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 were...

Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Aug. 18, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say. Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Taiwan has deployed one set of missiles,...

UN chief: 1 option to protect Palestinians is a new force

Aug. 17, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report that options to protect Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers or beefing up the U.N. presence on the ground. The U.N. chief...

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Aug. 17, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday. The protesters threw rocks and firebombs from behind clouds of black smoke of burning...

India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

Aug. 16, 2018 9:33 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical...

Israel eases Gaza restrictions amid cease-fire efforts

Aug. 15, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday opened its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip weeks after closing it amid a surge in violence with the Islamic militant group Hamas. The reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing came as Egypt was stepping up efforts to broker a lasting cease-fire. It was not clear if...