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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump takes a question from a member of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a video circulating online incorrectly depicting Trump lost and meandering around the White House lawn. The original Aug. 7, 2019 video clip, available on C-SPAN, was edited to make it appear the president is experiencing dementia symptoms ahead of the election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 11, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: A total of 19,888 fake driver’s licenses that were made in China...

Lebanese protesters hold placards during a protest against the Bisri dam project, in the Bisri Valley, 58 kilometers (36 miles) southeast of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March. 10, 2019. The valley of Bisri in Lebanon lies on a green fertile bed, a spot that has cradled civilizations dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Its expansive lands of pine, citrus trees and ancient ruins are about to turn into a controversial mega dam funded by the World Bank. For years now, activists and locals have voiced their opposition to what they describe as not only

World Bank-funded dam in Lebanon mirrors governance crisis

Sep. 2, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Bisri Valley lies on a green fertile bed, a spot that has cradled civilizations dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Its expansive lands of pine, citrus trees and ancient ruins are threatened with being submerged by a controversial mega dam funded by the World Bank. For years,...

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for a media conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stern warning to Lebanon's political class, urging them to commit to serious reforms within few months or risk punitive action including sanctions, if they fail to deliver. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

French leader warns Lebanese politicians of ‘last chance’

Sep. 1, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Lebanese politicians have committed to a road map that begins with a government of experts to be formed in two weeks and quickly enacts reforms. Speaking at the end of two days of meetings in Beirut, Macron said France was committed to helping Lebanon...

Lebanese and French soldiers patrol on a boat by the damaged site of the massive blast in Beirut's port area, in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron will arrive for a two day-visit, days after the devastating Aug. 4 blast in the port of Beirut that killed at least 190 people, wounded 6,000 and damaged residential and commercial areas in large parts of the capital. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

World Bank: Lebanon blast caused damage up to $4.6 billion

Aug. 31, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month that killed and injured thousands of people has caused up to $4.6 billion in physical damage, the World Bank said in a report released Monday. The Aug. 4 blast was caused by the explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the...

A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron came in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

The Latest: Macron says France doesn’t want to run Lebanon

Aug. 6, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has denied that he's seeking to pull the strings in Lebanon and revive France’s colonial-era influence over a country reeling from a giant, deadly explosion. Macron was on a visit to...

FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, people exercise during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the city government authorized people to exercise outdoors as part of a roadmap for rolling back on Covid-19 curbing quarantine restrictions. Argentina’s government said Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure billions of dollars in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession even before the pandemic hit. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina reports debt restructuring deal with creditors

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with its main creditors to restructure $65 billion in foreign debt, offering some relief for a country hobbled by recession long before the pandemic. The agreement will allow creditor groups “to support...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, people gather as they celebrate first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the United States, Germany and France have pledged hundreds of millions in aid to Sudan. The funds are intended to help the struggling African nation a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the removal of its long-time autocratic ruler, Omar al-Bashir.(AP Photo, File)

Sudan protest movement rejects gov't plans to cut subsidies

Jul. 23, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s protest leaders announced Thursday that they oppose the government’s economic reform plan to slash fuel subsidies and float the Sudanese currency, raising the specter of unrest as the country makes a fragile transition to democracy. The rejection came a day after Prime...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and his Lebanese counterpart Nassif Hitti, hold a news conference following their meeting at the Lebanese foreign ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July. 23, 2020. Le Drian met with Lebanon's president Thursday at the start of his two-day visit to the Mediterranean country that is witnessing the worst economic crisis of its modern history. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

French foreign minister: IMF only way out of Lebanon crisis

Jul. 23, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — France's foreign minister said Thursday that talks with the International Monetary Fund are the only way out of Lebanon’s economic crisis, urging Lebanese officials to resume discussions with the lender that faltered over internal disagreements. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the first Western...