Foreign policy

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Kim during the high-level political conference called for urgent efforts to rebuild thousands of homes and other structures destroyed by Typhoon Maysak that slammed the country’s eastern region last week, state media said Wednesday, Sept. 9. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
September 08, 2020 - 7:30 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for urgent efforts to rebuild thousands of homes and other structures destroyed by a typhoon that slammed the country’s eastern region last week, state media said Wednesday. Kim during the Workers’ Party meeting Tuesday also said the...
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Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, center left, elbow bumps with an Emirati official as he leaves Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool via AP)
September 08, 2020 - 6:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic deal normalizing relations at a White House ceremony on Sept. 15, officials said Tuesday. Senior delegations from the two countries will be led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides talk to the media during a press conference at the foreign ministry house in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Lavrov is paying an official visit to Cyprus amid heightened tensions over Turkey's search for energy resources in east Mediterranean waters where Greece and Cyprus claim as having exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
September 08, 2020 - 4:09 am
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 and...
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Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, left, salutes from inside an F-16 jet fighter at a military air base in western city of Eskisehir, Turkey, Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020, before a training flight over Turkish Monument in Gallipoli peninsula. Akar said Thursday that Washington's lifting the arms embargo against Greek Cypriot-administered Cyprus will lead to a deadlock. "If you lift the embargo and try to disrupt the balance in this way, this will bring conflict, not peace," he said.(Turkish Defense Ministry via AP, Pool)
September 03, 2020 - 1:29 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO's chief said Thursday that alliance members Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” to reduce the risks of military “incidents and accidents” in the eastern Mediterranean, where the two are locked in a tense standoff over offshore energy rights. But...
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In this photo provided on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, by the Greek Defense Ministry, worships from Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, participate in a joint military exercise which was held from 26-28 of August, south of Turkey in eastern Mediterranean sea. Turkey on Monday, Aug. 31, accused Greece of "piracy" and warned it will stand up to Athens' alleged efforts to militarize islands near its coast.(Greek Defense Ministry via AP)
September 02, 2020 - 9:37 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey called on the United States to reconsider a decision to partially lift a 33-year-old arms embargo against Cyprus, saying Wednesday that the move disrupts “equality and balance” between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities on the ethnically divided island...
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The Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil cheers before delivering a speech at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Sept. 1. 2020. Vystrcil arrived in Taiwan on Sunday accompanied by Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib and more than 80 representatives from government, business and academia on a 6-day visit. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
September 01, 2020 - 2:26 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Defying anger from China, the president of the Czech Republic’s Senate addressed Taiwan’s legislature on Tuesday, offering a strong rebuke of authoritarian politics and Beijing’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy. Milos Vystrcil concluded a speech that underscored shared...
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Women wearing face masks against the coronavirus walk past United Arab Emirates and Israeli flags at the Peace Bridge in Netanya, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. The UAE flag was displayed to celebrate last week's announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
August 29, 2020 - 10:36 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree Saturday formally ending the country's boycott of Israel amid a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two countries. The announcement now allows trade and commerce between the UAE, home to oil-...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 28, 2020 - 2:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee is moving to hold Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in contempt after he has repeatedly rejected the committee’s subpoenas for records related to Ukraine that the department has turned over to the Republican-led Senate. House Foreign Affairs...
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas holds a press conference following the informal talks of the EU Foreign Ministers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. The topics of the so-called Gymnich meeting included developments in Belarus and the dispute over natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean between Turkey and the EU states of Greece and Cyprus. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
August 28, 2020 - 11:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union on Friday urged Turkey to halt what it called its “illegal” prospecting activities in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean and ordered EU officials to speed up work aimed at blacklisting Turkish officials linked to the energy exploration. Tensions are...
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People gesture during a protest at the Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Police in Belarus have dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital's central square, detaining dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
August 28, 2020 - 4:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on up to 20 senior Belarus officials suspected of election fraud and the crackdown on protesters and is likely to put President Alexander Lukashenko on its list at some point, the bloc’s foreign ministers said Friday at a meeting in...
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