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Migrants stand next to tents outside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Some businesses and public services on the eastern Aegean island are holding a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to protest the migration situation, with thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in overcrowded camps in increasingly precarious conditions. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

Greece: Island mayors in Athens to protest migrant situation

Jan. 23, 2020 10:30 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The “anxiety and indignation” of Greek island residents living at the forefront of a migration crisis are justified, Greece's migration and asylum minister said Thursday while vowing new measures to address increasing arrivals of migrants to the islands. Residents and...

CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: German president expresses sorrow for Holocaust

Jan. 23, 2020 10:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed his “deepest...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, second left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Antonio Guterres, second right, Secretary-General of the United Nations, attend a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Libya's neighbors, global envoys seek solutions to conflict

Jan. 23, 2020 9:59 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Top diplomats from Libya's neighboring countries and beyond were meeting in the Algerian capital on Thursday amid intensifying international efforts to end the conflict tearing apart the oil-rich North African country. The meeting includes foreign ministers from Egypt, Sudan, Chad,...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: Merkel says climate may become survival matter

Jan. 23, 2020 9:43 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that climate protection may become a matter of survival for Europe and the entire planet. “The question of being able to reach the goals of the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that it is taking special precautions to screen the droves of Chinese tourists expected for the Lunar New Year holiday after the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus that has led to China's lockdown of the entire city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

World airports taking precautions after China virus ourbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 9:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airports around the world have begun taking precautions to deal with an anticipated influx of Chinese tourists taking Lunar New Year holidays, just as the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus in China has prompted officials there to take drastic measures to prevent its...

Lebanese men pass in front of a coffee shop that was smashed by anti-government protesters, during a protest against the new government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Lebanon's new government, made up of members nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt a spiral of economic and political collapse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

New Lebanese minister says he won't permit attacks on police

Jan. 23, 2020 9:29 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new interior minister said Thursday he won't permit attacks on security forces amid angry rioting that has gripped the country's capital amid a deepening economic crisis. Mohammed Fahmi spoke during a handover ceremony from the outgoing minister, two days after an emergency...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

Jan. 23, 2020 8:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of world leaders gathered Thursday in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism — a politically charged event that has been clouded by rival national interpretations of the genocide. Russian...

Authors defending college employee fired for Facebook post

Jan. 23, 2020 8:41 AM EST

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Prominent authors, academics and free speech advocates have come to the defense of a Massachusetts college employee who was fired over a satirical Facebook post about Iran bombing the U.S. Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates and Rosanne Cash are among those supporting Asheen Phansey,...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Egypt’s president has called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting terrorism.

El-Sissi dubs Egypt 'oasis of stability' amid clampdown

Jan. 23, 2020 8:34 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday his country has become “an oasis of security and stability” under his rule, amid reports of a new clampdown on dissent in the lead-up to the eighth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi, who became president...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer patrols the dock, backdropped by the drilling ship 'Yavuz' to be dispatched to the Mediterranean, at the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul.  The leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus are set to sign a deal Thursday Jan. 2, 2020, for a 1,900-kilometer (1,300-mile) undersea pipeline that will carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to continental Europe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Cyprus backtracks on claim Turkey stole offshore gas data

Jan. 23, 2020 8:15 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman backpedaled Thursday on a claim that Turkey may have stolen technical data to pinpoint a target for gas drilling in waters where the island nation has exclusive economic rights. Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos told The Associated Press that no such...