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Damage is seen inside an apartment building that was allegedly damaged by recent shelling during fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Tartar region, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia brushed off the suggestion of peace talks Tuesday, accusing each other of obstructing negotiations over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with dozens killed and injured in three days of heavy fighting. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov)

Caucasus: 4 journalists injured in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Oct. 1, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Two French and two Armenian journalists were injured Thursday in the South Caucasus separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces this week marked the biggest escalation in years of a decades-old conflict. The two Le Monde...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Moldova's President Igor Dodon via video conference in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Russia reports nearly 9,000 new virus cases

Oct. 1, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW -- Russian health officials reported nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, one of the largest increases in months. The 8,945 cases are almost twice as many as health officials were registering in late August. The new cases brought the country’s total to more 1.18 million, fourth highest...

Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza arrives at the Palais de Justice courthouse, in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The controversial Congolese activist and four others are going on trial Wednesday on aggravated theft charges for trying to remove a 19th century African funeral pole from a Paris museum, in a protest against colonial-era plundering of African art. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

'It belongs to us!": Tense French trial over colonial art

Sep. 30, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act? That's the question a French court weighed Wednesday in an emotionally charged trial centered around a Congolese activist campaigning to take back art he says was plundered by colonizers. “It...

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron pose for a photo prior to their meeting at the National Museum of Arts in Riga, Latvia, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

Macron: Europe should talk with Russia to enhance security

Sep. 30, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe to seek a dialogue with Russia to enhance the continent's security rather than relying primarily on the NATO military alliance. Speaking Wednesday in a news conference in Riga, the capital of the Baltic nation of Latvia, Macron said Europeans...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The Hezbollah leader said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 they still welcome the French initiative to help Lebanon out of its crisis, but said Paris has to change its approach in dealing with local factions and not blame everyone for the failure of forming a new Cabinet. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Hezbollah leaders tell French president to change approach

Sep. 29, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Tuesday they still welcome the French initiative to help Lebanon out of its crisis, but said Paris has to change its approach in dealing with local factions and not blame everyone for the failure of forming a new Cabinet. French President...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, the logo of Tiffany & Co. is pictured on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. Luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE has filed a countersuit Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, against Tiffany over their ruined merger deal, noting conditions necessary to close the $14.5 billion acquisition of the jewelry chain have not been met. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

LVMH files countersuit against Tiffany over $16.2 B deal

Sep. 29, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE has filed a countersuit against Tiffany over their ruined merger deal, noting conditions necessary to close the $16.2 billion acquisition of the jewelry chain have not been met. It also noted in a statement that the...

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former candidate for the Belarus' presidential elections speaks to the members of press following her meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron pushed for European mediation in Belarus political crisis after a meeting with the country’s opposition leader. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Macron meets Belarus opposition leader, pushes for mediation

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for European mediation in the Belarus political crisis after meeting Tuesday with the ex-Soviet republic’s opposition leader. During a visit to Lithuania, Macron met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opponent of Belarus President...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Bob Loughman, prime minister of Vanuatu, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (Manuel Elias/UN Photo via AP)

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

Sep. 28, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who think the word “colonialism” evokes a long-ago, no-longer-relevant era, think again. Several leaders raised this year’s global protests...

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...