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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after a cabinet meeting, in Ankara Turkey, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The government of Greece slammed Turkey's announcement that it will be conducting energy exploration in an area of the eastern Mediterranean that Athens says overlaps its continental shelf, as tension over the rights to natural resources increased sharply in the region Monday.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Greece slams Turkish move on gas exploration in eastern Med

Aug. 10, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece slammed Turkey's move Monday to launch energy exploration in part of the eastern Mediterranean Athens says overlaps its own continental shelf, as regional tension spiked over rights to offshore natural resources with both countries sending warships to the area. The Greek...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

People clash with police during a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital and killed more than 150 people, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police

Aug. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Public fury over this week’s massive explosion in Beirut took a new turn Saturday night as protesters stormed government institutions and clashed for hours with security forces, who responded with heavy volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. One police officer was killed and dozens...

A dog of the French rescue team searches for survivors at the scene of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Three days after a massive explosion rocked Beirut, killing over a hundred people and causing widespread devastation, rescuers are still searching for survivors and the government is investigating what caused the disaster. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Trump says US help on way for Beirut disaster

Aug. 7, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken about the explosion in Beirut during calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said Friday that he told Aoun that three large aircraft filled with...

Cyprus, France to boost defense ties under cooperation deal

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Thursday said it would work with France to procure and develop arms and jointly train military personnel as part of a defense cooperation agreement. According to a statement, the 2017 agreement that came into force this month also aims to bolster security at sea and around...

Western Balkan leaders discuss virus impacts, EU membership

Jul. 29, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Government leaders and officials from six Western Balkan nations met for a virtual summit Wednesday to discuss how to prevent and address economic stagnation and social impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that could derail or delay national efforts to join the European Union. The...

FILE- In this Friday, May 15, 2020, file photo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban listens to a question during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia. Hungary's prime minister says that his country won a “very important battle” at the European Union summit this week, where national leaders of the 27-member bloc decided an seven-year budget and economic recovery package to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Hungarian PM claims EU win but rule-of-law dispute not over

Jul. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister on Friday touted what he called his victory at the European Union summit, where the bloc's leaders decided on a massive seven-year budget and coronavirus recovery plan, but acknowledged he did not achieve his goal of de-linking EU funds from rule of...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 20, 2020. Leaders from 27 European Union nations stretch their meeting into a fourth day on Monday to assess an overall budget and recovery package spread over seven years. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

Dutch 'Dr. Superstrict' Rutte influential in EU virus deal

Jul. 23, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte didn’t win many friends with his tough negotiating over the course of a marathon four-day European Union summit in Brussels. That didn’t bother the three-term leader who is a veteran of plenty of past EU negotiations. “We...

A man wearing a face mask looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday, with Australia’s benchmark down more than 1% on reports of a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the Melbourne area. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares mixed after lackluster session on Wall Street

Jul. 21, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday, with Australia’s benchmark down more than 1% on reports of a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the Melbourne area. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul but fell in Hong Kong. Adding to unease was a report by the U.S. Centers for...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron prepare to address a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Weary European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU agrees on $2.1 trillion deal after marathon summit

Jul. 21, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to a...