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Travelers walk past canceled flights on a schedule board, some due to the coronavirus, at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan urges against nonessential travel to US

Mar. 22, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 307,200 people and killed more than 13,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 92,300...

Migrants stand outside container houses in Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Monday, March 16, 2020. The Fire Service said a migrant, who was not further identified, was found dead inside Moria camp after the fire broke out Monday. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)

Greek police use tear gas on migrants at Turkish border

Mar. 18, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police on Greece's border with Turkey used tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to repel hundreds of migrants clustered on the Turkish side who attempted to break down a border fence and enter Greece. The evening clashes took place near the Kastanies border crossing. Greek police...

A costumer waits to enter a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro today has ordered residents in the capital of Caracas and six states to stay home under a quarantine bid to control the spread of the coronavirus on Sunday, March, 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The Latest: Peace Corps evacuating volunteers, suspends ops

Mar. 16, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 169,000 people and killed more than 6,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms but most people, but severe symptoms are more common in the elderly or people with other health conditions. Nearly 77,000 people have recovered...

Syrians climb on a Turkish tank in Neyrab, Sunday, March 15, 2020 as they protest agreement on joint Turkish and Russian patrols in northwest Syria. Patrols on the M4 highway, which runs east-west through Idlib province, are part of a cease-fire agreed between Turkey and Russia after an escalation in fighting that saw the Turkish military in direct conflict with Syrian government troops.( (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey-Russia patrols start amid protests on Syrian highway

Mar. 15, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwestern Syria, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, while both the Russian government and Syrian opposition activists said the patrols were shortened because of protests. Patrols on the highway known as...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party in Parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Erdogan vowed on Wednesday to respond with greater military force to action by Syria's government that would break a fragile cease-fire in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, that was brokered last week. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkish, Russian troops to start Syria patrols on Sunday

Mar. 13, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and Russian troops will begin jointly patrolling a key highway in northwest Syria on Sunday as part of a fragile truce brokered by the countries, Turkey's defense minister said Friday. Hulusi Akar made the announcement after Turkish and Russian officials ended four days of...

Editorial Roundup: US

Mar. 11, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 11 The New York Times on paid sick leave: Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, set a standard for the rest of the private sector on Tuesday by announcing that, in addition to its existing paid sick leave policy, it would...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, walks with European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 9, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Brussels on Monday for talks with European Union officials amid a standoff between Ankara and Brussels over sharing of responsibility for refugees and migrants. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU, Turkey to review migrant deal as border tensions simmer

Mar. 9, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Turkey agreed to review a 4-year-old deal on managing migrants and refugees in an effort to settle a dispute that sent thousands of people to the Turkey-Greece border in hopes of reaching Europe, top EU officials said Monday. Under the 2016 agreement, the EU offered...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, Ali Babacan attends funerals for a Turkish soldier killed in Syria, in Ankara, Turkey. Babacan, who held various  high level government positions between 2002-2015, established a new political party on Monday March 9, 2020, the second former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to breakaway from the ruling party and form a new movement to challenge his rule.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Ex-Turkish deputy PM forms new party to challenge Erdogan

Mar. 9, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A one-time Turkish deputy prime minister established a new political party on Monday — the second former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to break away from the ruling party and form a new movement to challenge his rule. Ali Babacan, who held the positions of deputy...

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint news conference followed six-hour talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Russia, Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

Mar. 5, 2020 4:38 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreement on a cease-fire to begin at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from the two countries into direct conflict. The deal struck by Russian President Vladimir Putin and...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and European Council President Charles Michel shake hands before a meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  The two are expected to discuss the situation in Syria and migrants.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

EU, Turkey trade blame on deal as thousands gather at border

Mar. 5, 2020 4:03 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As thousands of people near Turkey’s border with Greece wait to cross over to the European Union, a migration deal the EU and Turkey reached four years ago has become a political football. The two sides accuse each other of failing to respect their commitments. The EU says Turkey is...