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Tension with Washington helps fuel Turkey-Venezuela alliance

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At first glance, they seem like an odd couple. Yet Turkey, a Mediterranean power that often chafes at what it calls Western interventionism, and Venezuela on the Caribbean, rich in oil and gold but in perpetual crisis and under U.S. sanctions, have a few things in ...

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government's inability or ...

EU urges Turkey to ‘deescalate’ energy dispute with Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed "full solidarity" with Greece and Cyprus and urged a "immediate deescalation" by Turkey after EU foreign ministers held urgent talks Friday on high military tensions over offshore drilling rights in the eastern ...

Thousands of Britons return from France to avoid quarantine

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of British tourists beat a hasty retreat from France, packing out planes, trains and ferries to return to the U.K. by the early hours of Saturday morning to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home. On Friday, many British travelers in the country opted to cut ...

FBI team arrives this weekend to take part in Beirut probe

BEIRUT (AP) — A team of FBI investigators is due to arrive in Lebanon this weekend to take part in the probe of Beirut's massive explosion, a senior U.S official said on Saturday after visiting the location of the blast. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, called ...

UK’s Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, Princess Anne, will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday in a no-nonsense manner befitting her reputation in Britain. Whatever is planned for the princess, it will have to be a scaled-back affair because of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Belarus authorities free detainees amid protesters’ pressure

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian authorities have released about 1,000 people detained amid demonstrations contesting the results of the presidential election, in an attempt to assuage public anger against a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests. Around midnight, scores of detainees were ...

Greek FM heads for Vienna talks amid standoff with Turkey

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister traveled to Vienna Friday for urgent talks with his European Union counterparts and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on military tensions with Turkey, as the Greek and Turkish navies continued a game of brinkmanship over eastern Mediterranean ...

UK military asked to help stem Channel migrant crossings

Britain's military said Saturday it has been asked by the government to help prevent people from reaching the U.K. from France in small boats, after a surge in the number of vessels making the dangerous journey. The Ministry of Defense said it had received a request from the Home Office to ...

Hong Kong, Chinese officials jeer at US sanctions

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader and China's top representative in the city took pot shots at the United States on Saturday after the Trump administration sanctioned them and nine other officials for allegedly cracking down on freedom and undermining the local autonomy of the former ...