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Supporters of the. military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) wave the party flags and cheer from their motorbikes during an election campaign for next month's  general election, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Ethnic identifiers in Myanmar election app criticized

Oct. 1, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Sweden-based organization that promotes democracy and assists in organizing elections said Thursday it is not responsible for a smartphone application's inclusion of a controversial term describing the ethnic background of at least two candidates in Myanmar’s upcoming...

Lebanese army soldiers stand guard as anti-government protesters block a main highway during a demonstration against deteriorating economic conditions as politicians are deadlocked over forming a new government, in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

EU concerned over resignation of Lebanon's PM-designate

Sep. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union expressed “disappointment and concern” Monday about the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister-designate over the weekend and urged the country’s leaders to do their best to form a Cabinet that meets the demands of the people. Mustapha...

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon, Sunday, Sept.27, 2020 in Paris. Lebanon's prime minister-designate Moustapha Adib resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)

Macron 'ashamed' of Lebanon's political leaders amid crisis

Sep. 28, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron assailed Hezbollah and the entire Lebanese political class Sunday, and warned of a new civil war if they can’t set aside personal and religious interests to unlock international aid and save Lebanon from economic collapse. But Macron said France...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, file photo, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib speaks to journalists at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Adib has resigned Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 amid a political impasse over government formation, nearly a month after he was appointed to the job. The announced by Adib deals a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanese nominated premier resigns, in blow to Macron plan

Sep. 26, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, dealing a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to break a dangerous stalemate in the crisis-hit country. The announcement by Moustapha Adib nearly a month...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

The Latest: Venezuela's Guaidó urges nations to decry Maduro

Sep. 23, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:10 p.m. He didn’t get a spot at the U.N. General Assembly. But U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó still put out his own online message during this year’s gathering of world leaders. On...

Messner calls Shaheen's 'Clean Elections Agreement' a stunt

Sep. 10, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Bryant “Corky” Messner declined to sign a “Clean Elections Agreement” offered by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday in an attempt to discourage outside spending by “dark money” groups. Shaheen, a Democrat seeking a third term, sent...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele delivers his speech to the newly inducted members of the armed forces at Gerardo Barrios square in front of the National Palace in San Salvador, El Salvador. A senior U.S. official quietly told El Salvador's government in a  letter that anti-poverty assistance from Washington is at risk over Bukele's defiance of his country's supreme court and congress. With Congress considering whether to extend a Sept. 9 deadline for spending the U.S. aid, the criticism reflects growing concerns among mainly Democratic lawmakers that Bukele is taking his country down an authoritarian path, such as his use of troops to intimidate legislators and his rejection of high court ruling against tough pandemic restrictions. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

US official warns El Salvador's president that aid at risk

Sep. 3, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A senior U.S. official quietly told El Salvador's government that anti-poverty assistance from Washington is at risk over President Nayib Bukele's defiance of his country's supreme court and congress, The Associated Press has learned. The rare rebuke from the Trump administration — one...

Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Mustapha Adib wears a protective face mask as he arrives to attend a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. rench President Emmanuel Macron returned to Lebanon on Monday, a country in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, for a two-day visit and a schedule packed with events and political talks aimed at charting a way out for the country. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

Lebanese PM-designate wants reform-minded Cabinet

Sep. 2, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister-designate said Wednesday he wants to swiftly form a government of specialists committed to enacting urgent reforms in the crisis-stricken country that can regain the trust of the Lebanese and the international community. Mustapha Adib, a 48-year-old diplomat, spoke to...

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...