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Belarusian women rally in solidarity with protesters injured in the latest rallies against the results of the country's presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Hundreds of people were back on the streets of Belarus' capital on Thursday morning, forming long

Thousands in Belarus form 'lines of solidarity' in protest

Aug. 13, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants Thursday to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. In several...

In this photo provided by the Greek National Defence, a French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, rear left is escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France for its decision to boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (Greek National Defence via AP)

Greece welcomes French boost as tension rises in east Med

Aug. 13, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. Meanwhile, Turkey accused...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HQ during his visit to Belfast, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

UK's Johnson seeks to quell Brexit fears in Northern Ireland

Aug. 13, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Thursday that businesses in Northern Ireland will continue to enjoy seamless access to the rest of the U.K. after a Brexit transition period with the European Union expires at the end of the year. “There will be no border down the Irish Sea...

Lithuania designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Aug. 13, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania on Thursday designated the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group as a terrorist organization and issued a 10-year ban on all individuals related to the Iran-backed group from entering the Baltic nation’s territory. “After receiving valuable information from our...

N. Macedonia: Pro-Western leader invited to form government

Aug. 13, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s president on Thursday formally invited the head of the country's pro-Western Social Democrats to form a new government, after the party came first in July 15 general elections. But Zoran Zaev's party failed to win a controlling majority in the...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

CORRECTING COUNTRY IN CAPTION TO BELARUS - People with old Belarusian National flag gather in a street protesting the election results in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The demonstrators are contesting the official count showing President Alexander Lukashenko winning a sixth term with 80% of Sunday's vote, with crowds taking to the streets every night since to demand a recount. (AP Photo)

Thousands in Belarus decry president's reelection as rigged

Aug. 12, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallied in Belarus’ capital and other cities for a fourth straight night Wednesday, decrying an election they say was rigged to extend the 26-year rule of the country's authoritarian leader and the crackdown on subsequent demonstrations. In several parts...

A protester holds a poster in front of the German Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Several hundred anti-government protesters gathered in front of Germany’s embassy in Sofia, calling on Berlin and Brussels to “open their eyes” to widespread corruption in Bulgaria. During the peaceful protest, dubbed “Eyes Wide Shut,” organizers complained that the European Union has willfully ignored the state of affairs in its poorest member state. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgaria: Protesters seek support from Berlin and Brussels

Aug. 12, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Several hundred anti-government protesters gathered on Wednesday in front of the German embassy in Sofia, calling on Berlin and Brussels to “open their eyes” to widespread corruption in Bulgaria. During the peaceful protest, dubbed “Eyes Wide Shut,”...

In this photo provided by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, in red and white, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey, Monday, Aug 10, 2020. Tension remains high between Greece and Turkey, whose warships are in the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey has sent a research vessel to carry out seismic research for energy resources in an area Greece says is on its continental shelf.(Turkish Defense Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkish ship starts energy search; Greece issues warnings

Aug. 12, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish research vessel has begun surveying for energy resources in contested areas of the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey’s energy minister said Wednesday, amid escalating tensions between NATO allies and regional rivals Greece and Turkey over offshore oil and gas exploration...

EU slaps duties on Cambodia exports over rights concerns

Aug. 12, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday began to reimpose customs duties on certain exports from Cambodia in response to what it said are concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s human rights record. The European Commission, which supervises trade deals and relations on behalf of the 27...