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Kosovo’s caretaker governing party holds peaceful rally

May. 28, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A few thousand supporters of Kosovo's left-wing governing party surrounded government buildings Thursday to oppose the nomination of a new prime minister by the small Balkan country’s president. The participants maintained social distancing and wore masks and gloves during...

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, center, is surrounded by a group of lawmakers after being elected as speaker of the parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Iran's parliament voted Thursday to elect Qalibaf, a hard-line former mayor of Tehran as the legislative body's new speaker. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Hard-line former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

May. 28, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's parliament elected a former mayor of Tehran tied to the Revolutionary Guard as its next speaker Thursday, solidifying hard-line control of the body as tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic remain high over its collapsed nuclear deal. Mohammad Bagher...

Lawmakers are sworn in during the inauguration of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May, 27, 2020. Iran has convened its newly elected parliament, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iran is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's newly elected parliament convenes despite pandemic

May. 27, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly elected parliament convened on Wednesday, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iranian state TV said all 268 lawmakers who were in...

National Party's Todd Muller addresses a press conference with his duty Nikki Kaye after deposing Simon Bridges as leader of the party in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, May 22, 2020. Muller challenged Bridges following two disastrous opinion polls for the party which indicated that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was headed for a huge victory in the September general election. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

New Zealand party replaces leader to face Ardern in election

May. 22, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has proved so popular during the coronavirus pandemic that it has prompted a change of leadership in the conservative opposition party just four months from a general election. Todd Muller on Friday deposed Simon Bridges as leader of...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file, photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appear for the opening of his criminal trial in Jerusalem on Sunday. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP, File)

Israeli court orders Netanyahu to appear at trial's opening

May. 20, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court Wednesday ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appear for the opening of his criminal trial in Jerusalem, setting the stage for a dramatic scene on Sunday. Netanyahu will enter the Jerusalem District Court surrounded by a phalanx of security as he becomes the...

Election commission says Sri Lanka poll not possible in June

May. 20, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s independent elections commission said Wednesday it cannot hold parliamentary elections on June 20 as planned because of the coronavirus outbreak. Saliya Peiris, a lawyer representing the commission, told the Supreme Court that the elections can only be held 10...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, wears a protective face mask, as he makes his way to attend the swearing in ceremony of his new government, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Netanyahu is finally swearing in his new government after three deadlocked and divisive elections, a year and a half of political paralysis and another three-day delay because of political infighting in his Likud party over coveted Cabinet posts. (Alex Kolomiensky/Yedioth Ahronoth/Pool via AP)

Israel finally swears in government after 3 elections

May. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After three deadlocked and divisive elections, a year and a half of political paralysis and another three-day delay because of political infighting in his Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally swore in his new government on Sunday. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, passed...

FILE — In this March 1, 2020 file photo, a medic treats a patient infected with coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. Dozens of medical staffers have died of COVID-19 in Iran. Doctors and nurses and other staffers have been hard hit. During the first 90 days of the virus outbreak alone, about one medical staffer died each day. (Ali Shirband/Mizan News Agency via AP, File)

Doctors and nurses suffered as Iran ignored virus concerns

May. 12, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — They are regarded as heroes, their fallen colleagues as martyrs. But for doctors and nurses still dealing with Iran’s growing number of coronavirus infections, such praise rings hollow. While crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S. government left the country ill-equipped to deal with...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020 file photo, Iranian army soldiers work in a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients set up by the army at the International Exhibition Center in northern Tehran, Iran. Dozens of medical staffers have died of COVID-19 in Iran. Doctors and nurses and other staffers have been hard hit. During the first 90 days of the virus outbreak alone, about one medical staffer died each day. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Doctors and nurses died as Iran ignored virus concerns

May. 12, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — They are regarded as heroes, their fallen colleagues as martyrs. But for doctors and nurses still dealing with Iran’s growing number of coronavirus infections, such praise rings hollow. While crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S. left Iran ill-equipped to deal with the fast-moving...

Serbian police officers separate populist government supporters, left, from the opposition followers, right, amid heightened political tensions ahead of next month's parliamentary election, in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 11, 2020. The two rallies were held outside the parliament building where politicians from both camps have said they were staging a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Serbian police separate pro-government, opposition rallies

May. 11, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s special police deployed on Monday to keep apart supporters of the populist government and the opposition, who were holding separate rallies in Belgrade amid heightened political tensions ahead of next month’s parliamentary election. Over a thousand...