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Lavrov: Russia ready to help ease Turkey-Greece tension

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to help ease rising tensions over Turkey's search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean and rejected any actions that could lead to further escalation. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is ready to step in ...

TikTok scrambles to remove suicide video clips, ban users

LONDON (AP) — TikTok says it's working to remove videos of a man apparently taking his own life and banning users that keep trying to spread the clips on the popular social media platform. It's the latest example of the ongoing struggle by big tech companies to police their platforms for ...

Assange told to stop interrupting witnesses at UK hearing

LONDON (AP) — A British judge told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday that his extradition hearing will proceed without him if he continues to speak from the dock and interrupt witnesses. Vanessa Baraitser briefly adjourned the hearing at London's Central Criminal Court after ...

Belarus’ opposition challenger urges UN action amid protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of students, information technology workers and others rallied again in Belarus' capital Friday to protest the disputed reelection of the nation's authoritarian president, while the main opposition challenger in the vote urged the United Nations to help end the ...

IAEA: Iran continues to expand stockpile of enriched uranium

VIENNA (AP) — Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of limitations set in a landmark deal with world powers, but has begun providing access to sites where it was suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material and possibly conducted ...

NATO agrees nerve agent used to try to kill Russia’s Navalny

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday condemned the "appalling assassination attempt" on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and called on Moscow to answer questions about the poisoning to international investigators. Navalny, a Kremlin critic and ...

Italy’s Berlusconi had virus fever, aches but feels better

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he no longer has fever or aches from the "insidious disease" of COVID-19 as he recovers in quarantine at one of his private villas. Berlusconi spoke by phone Thursday to the leaders of his Forza Italia party who were in Genoa ...

David Graeber, influential in Occupy Wall Street, dies at 59

LONDON (AP) — David Graeber, who helped organize the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died in Venice, his agent said. He was 59. A professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics, Graeber studied anarchism and anti-capitalist movements, and challenged the world to respond to the ...

‘Mammoth central’ found at Mexico airport construction site

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of mammoth skeletons recovered at an airport construction site north of Mexico City has risen to at least 200, with a large number still to be excavated, experts said Thursday. Archaeologists hope the site that has become "mammoth central" — the shores of an ...

Cuba closes off Havana to stamp out spread of coronavirus

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities ordered a strict 15-day lockdown of Havana on Tuesday seeking to stamp out the low-level but persistent spread of the novel coronavirus in the capital. Aggressive anti-virus measures including closing down air travel have virtually eliminated COVID-19 in Cuba ...

Mexico’s ‘teflon’ presidency loses some sheen but survives

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For a president with a plunging economy and the world's fourth-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrador isn't doing so badly. In his second state-of-the-union address Tuesday, López Obrador emphasized what he considers his major ...

Washington says pardons by Venezuela’s Maduro are token acts

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. "Restoring constitutional rights that ...

Ex-Malian president Keita hospitalized at private clinic

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup last month, was hospitalized late Tuesday at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old's health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. Keita's condition was not ...

Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, guilty of war crimes, dies at 77

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, who admitted overseeing the torture and killings of as many as 16,000 Cambodians while running the regime's most notorious prison, has died. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was 77 and had been serving a life prison term for war crimes ...

India eases virus restrictions even as cases soar

NEW DELHI (AP) — Many Indian states eased lockdown restrictions on Tuesday, allowing more businesses and public areas to reopen to reduce economic pain caused by the coronavirus, even as the country's new daily infections remain the highest in the world and its confirmed cases near 3.7 ...

Focused on pandemic, Merkel has no time for retirement plans

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the decision not to run for office again in 2021 has allowed her to focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and other pressing problems during her final year in office. Merkel has seen her approval ratings rise during the ...

Ecuador’s blooming flower industry feels pandemic’s punch

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Flower growers in Ecuador are trimming back their fields, cutting plants at the root and in some cases tossing out piles of colorful blooms entirely as the pandemic delivers a devastating blow to one of the nation's biggest export industries. Demand for the small South ...

Mozart meets COVID-19: Finnish opera adapts classic piece

HELSINKI (AP) — After being forced to cancel all its spring performances due to the coronavirus pandemic, Finland's National Opera is opening this fall with an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring a topical twist: a story line that plays off of the Nordic country's outbreak. The ...

French president: World needs a globally active US leader

PARIS (AP) — He can't vote in the U.S. presidential election, but French President Emmanuel Macron hopes whoever wins the November vote is more of a global player. Following traditional diplomatic protocol, Macron wouldn't say who he favors in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3 but ...

France won’t ban Huawei but favors European 5G systems

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says France is not excluding Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its upcoming 5G telecommunication networks but favors European providers for security reasons. The French leader spoke after meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in ...