International incidents

Protesters shout slogans during a rally demanding full compensation and an apology for wartime sex slaves from Japanese government in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than South Korea. The signs read: "Apology and compensation." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 17, 2019 - 5:39 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States fully understands the seriousness of South Korea's festering trade dispute with Japan, a high-ranking Seoul official said Wednesday after a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs. David Stilwell, the Assistant Secretary of State for the...
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, shakes hand with French presidential envoy Emmanuel Bonne, as they pose for photos, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. France sent Bonne to Tehran to urge Iran to return to complying with the terms of the deal "without delay." (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
July 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 7:05 p.m. An Emirati official says a small oil tanker that's based in the United Arab Emirates offered no distress call before switching off its tracker...
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In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 photo, a helicopter flies near Turkey's drilling ship, 'Fatih' dispatched towards the eastern Mediterranean, near Cyprus. Turkish officials say the drillships Fatih and Yavuz will drill for gas, which has prompted protests from Cyprus.(Turkish Defence Ministry via AP, Pool)
July 16, 2019 - 8:29 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday rejected as "worthless" an initial set of sanctions approved by the European Union against Ankara, and vowed to send a new vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to reinforce its efforts to drill for hydrocarbons off the island of Cyprus. EU foreign ministers on...
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In this Sept. 21, 2016, photo, visitors walk by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) exhibition booth during the China International Chemical Industry Fair in Shanghai, China. China's government expressed hope Tuesday, July 16, 2019, that Malaysia's dispute with a state-owned Chinese company building two multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline projects can be resolved through "friendly consultation." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
July 16, 2019 - 7:03 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government expressed hope Tuesday that Malaysia's dispute with a state-owned Chinese company building two multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline projects can be resolved through "friendly consultation." Foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said the project being built by a...
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South Korean small and medium-sized business owners stage a rally calling for a boycott of Japanese products in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 15, 2019. South Korea and Japan last Friday, July 12, failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. The signs read: "We don't sell Japanese products." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 15, 2019 - 5:02 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan...
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In this image from file video provided by UK Ministry of Defence, British navy vessel HMS Montrose escorts another ship during a mission to remove chemical weapons from Syria at sea off coast of Cyprus in February 2014. The British Navy said it intercepted an attempt on Thursday, July 11, 2019, by three Iranian paramilitary vessels to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel just days after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. A U.K. government statement said Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from the HMS Montrose accompanying the commercial ship through the narrow Strait of Hormuz. (UK Ministry of Defence via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 10:07 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a "dangerous game" and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. The comments from Iran's...
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Spokesman for Iran's atomic agency Behrouz Kamalvandi attends a press briefing in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, July 7, 2019. The deputy foreign minister says that his nation considers the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers to be a "valid document" and seeks its continuation. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
July 08, 2019 - 3:03 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, speaks during a meeting with senior aides at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 8, 2019. (Bae Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 6:38 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president said Monday the country is committed to finding a diplomatic solution to a bitter dispute over tightened Japanese control of exports of high-tech materials used by South Korean companies to produce semiconductors and displays. In a meeting with...
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Migrants rest on their boat as it sails close to the Open Arms aid boat on Sunday June 30, 2019. A Spanish humanitarian group says its rescue ship spotted 40 dehydrated migrants at sea and their boat is now being escorted to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza told The Associated Press that three pregnant women and four children are among the passengers on the boat being escorted by Italy's coast guard Sunday. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
July 05, 2019 - 6:50 am
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 1:50 p.m. German humanitarian group Sea-Eye says one of its rescue ships has picked up 65 people who were found in a large dinghy about 34 miles (55 kms) off the coast of Libya. Sea-Eye said on its Facebook page that the crew of the...
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, speaks with acting U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper during a meeting of the coalition to defeat Islamic State militants at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
June 27, 2019 - 1:02 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies gave the U.S. no firm commitments that they will participate in a global effort to secure international waterways against threats from Iran, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, wrapping up his first alliance meeting. Esper said the U.S. will come back next...
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