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Feds unseal 2018 indictment charging Kazakh man in hacks

Jul. 7, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two weeks after a cyber-security firm released the identity of an alleged hacker from Kazakhstan, federal authorities in Seattle on Tuesday unsealed a 2018 indictment charging the man with an array of computer crimes. Andrey Turchin, known in hacking circles as “fxmsp,” and his...

UN-backed experts point to new war crimes in Syria conflict

Jul. 7, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Investigators commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body say Syrian government forces and their Russian allies bombarded civilian sites in Idlib province indiscriminately, while rebels tortured and executed civilians in recent months, acts amounting to war crimes on both sides. ...

Philippines warns China of 'severest response' over drills

Jul. 3, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary warned China on Friday of “the severest response” if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over into Philippine territory. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said China’s People’s...

Stickers with messages of the pro-democracy movement are left by protesters on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Hong Kong police have made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against it. Police say they arrested 10 people under the law, including at least one who was carrying a Hong Kong independence flag. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers refuge and impose sanctions on China over a new security law. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao...

Palestinians laborers line up to cross a checkpoint at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel undeterred by international opposition to annexation

Jun. 30, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. His vision of redrawing the map of the Holy Land, in line with President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan, has been...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo president says he will resign if case goes ahead

Jun. 29, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed. Hashim Thaci said in a televised address to the nation...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, shows a view of the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Efraim on the hills of the Jordan Valley. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the valley and all of Israel's far-flung West Bank settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which overwhelmingly favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israeli leaders at odds over West Bank annexation plan

Jun. 29, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top two leaders appeared to feud Monday about the timing of the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, complicating the task of American officials who were in Jerusalem trying to finalize a plan. The comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 file photo, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci gestures during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina. Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia, it was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, heads back home

Jun. 26, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo headed back to his country Friday after pulling out of a White House meeting due to his indictment for war crimes stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists he helped lead and Serbian forces. President Hashim Thaci, who had...

The European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, left, and Cyprus' Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides speak during a joint news conference at the Cypriot foreign ministry on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Borrell is in Cyprus to discuss developments in the EU's southeastern-most corner. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

EU to help resolve Cyprus-Turkey maritime border wrangle

Jun. 25, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union will help Cyprus try to negotiate its maritime border with neighboring Turkey in order to end an ongoing wrangle that has raised tensions in the east Mediterranean, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday. Borrell said the the 27-member bloc supports...

Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti poses for photographers prior to a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel at the Europa building in Brussels, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Kosovo PM cancels trip to US for talks with Serbia

Jun. 25, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The prime minister of Kosovo on Thursday canceled his plans to attend a White House meeting with leaders of Serbia following the indictment of Kosovo's president on war crimes charges stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between the two Balkan countries. Prime Minister Avdullah...