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In this photo provided by the Spanish Ministry of Defence, soldiers install modules in the car park of the Hospital Clinico Universitario in Zaragoza, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 11, 2020. Spain's army is setting up a field hospital in Zaragoza as the northern city struggles to stop a new spike in cases of the coronavirus. The region of Aragon, home to Zaragoza, has led Spain over the past seven days with over 200 people hospitalized and  over 30 deaths from COVID-19. (MDE via AP)

The Latest: Spain sets up field hospital in northern city

Aug. 12, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

MADRID — Spain’s army is setting up a field hospital in Zaragoza as the northern city struggles to stop a new spike in coronavirus cases. The region of Aragón, home to Zaragoza, has led Spain over the past seven days with 242 hospitalizations and 32 deaths from COVID-19. The army says it...

EU slaps duties on Cambodia exports over rights concerns

Aug. 12, 2020 7:38 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...

North Macedonia: Police find 148 migrants in trucks

Aug. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered 148 migrants crammed into trucks in two separate operations in central and northern parts of the country, and have arrested two men on suspicion of trafficking migrants. Police said their patrol stopped a truck and...

A woman fights with a police officer as the other police officers detain an opposition supporter protesting the election results as protesters encounter aggressive police tactics in the capital of Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Heavy police cordons blocking Minsk's central squares and avenues didn't discourage the demonstrators who again took to the streets chanting

Over 1,000 detained in latest Belarus election protests

Aug. 12, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police detained over 1,000 people in Belarus during the latest protests against the results of the country's presidential election, officials said Wednesday. Rallies took place in 25 Belarusian cities on Tuesday and overnight, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova told The...

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 amid standoff with Greece

Aug. 12, 2020 6:46 AM EDT

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

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, waits at a bus stop on a deserted Oxford Street in London. The U.K. economy has officially fallen into a recession after official figures showed it contracting by a record 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of lockdown measures put in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The slump recorded by the Office for National Statistics follows a 2.2% quarterly contraction in the first three months of the year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

UK records deepest recession among top economies

Aug. 12, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British economy has recorded the deepest coronavirus-related slump among the world's leading industrial economies after official figures on Wednesday showed it shrinking by a fifth in the second quarter alone. The 20.4% quarter-on-quarter drop in the April to June period is worse than...

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, speaks at a news conference after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.The country's central election commission said that with all ballots counted, Lukashenko, who has led Belarus for 26 years, took 80.23% of the vote and his main opposition challenger, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, had only 9.9%.

Protests in Belarus continue despite challenger's departure

Aug. 11, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The top opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election left for Lithuania Tuesday but anti-government demonstrators still turned out for a third straight night to protest the vote results, despite a massive police crackdown that prompted a warning of possible European Union...

A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

EU refuses to monitor Venezuelan election, urges delay

Aug. 11, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday it won't send observers to monitor Venezuela's upcoming congressional election, citing a lack of fair conditions for a vote that could erase the opposition's last major domestic stronghold of power. The government had invited the EU to send an...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 file photo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, left, reviews an honor guard on the tarmac at Batajnica, military airport near Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia is considering buying a modern Chinese air defense missile system, the Serbian president said Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 despite a warning by the United States that such deals with Beijing could jeopardize the Balkan country's proclaimed European Union membership goals. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said that

Serbia considers buying Chinese missiles despite US warning

Aug. 11, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia is considering buying a modern Chinese air defense missile system, the Serbian president said Tuesday, as the United States warned that such deals with Beijing could jeopardize the Balkan country’s proclaimed European Union membership goals. Aleksandar Vucic said that...

In this taken Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, center, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey.  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. (IHA via AP)

Turkey vows to press ahead with energy search amid tensions

Aug. 11, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey vowed Tuesday to press ahead with searching for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, saying it plans to issue new exploration licenses for the area despite an escalating dispute with Greece over drilling rights. Greece's foreign minister, meanwhile, called for an...