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EXPLAINER: How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

BANGKOK (AP) — A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2021. There are 86 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 6...

Turkmenistan marks independence anniversary with big parade

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan marked the 30th anniversary of its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union with a military parade Monday that involved thousands of people and fe...

Mexico highlights Cuban leader's visit on Independence Day

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The big highlight of Mexico’s Independence Day Thursday was the visit by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomed...

Why North Korea missile launch is timed to antagonize regime's rivals

North Korea went ahead with a succession of tests of an allegedly new cruise missile on Saturday and Sunday. They took place as top officials from South Korea, the US and Japan arrived in Tokyo ahead...

Taiwan defense ministry to review training standards, military regulations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has responded to reports that it is bringing back goose-stepping by saying it is reviewing training standards and regulations for it...

UN Security Council slams decision to reopen Cyprus suburb

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb on Friday and called for “the immediate rev...

Danish military spots Iranian vessels in the Baltic Sea

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Danish military said Thursday it spotted an Iranian destroyer and a large support vessel sailing through the Baltic Sea, likely heading to Russia for a military ...

Draft UN statement urges Turkish reversal of Cyprus action

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. Security Council statement would call on Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reverse a decision to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb and av...

Belgian flood tragedy makes for subdued national day

BRUSSELS (AP) — The floods tragedy which left at least 31 dead in Belgium combined with the year-long COVID-19 pandemic is making for a subdued celebration of the country's national day Wednesday. ...

Cyprus protests opening of ghost-suburb's residential area

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — The government of ethnically split Cyprus lodged formal protests with the United Nations and the European Union on Tuesday over a decision by Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypr...

Video shows Iranian police opening fire during water protest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian police opened fire late Sunday night amid protests against water shortages in southwestern Iran, a video showed, the latest unrest after days of demonstratio...

Videos: Protests, gunfire in oil-rich, restive Iran province

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets late Thursday in an oil-rich, restive province in southwestern Iran and police apparently fired weapons...

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter forced to land in Bucharest

BUCHAREST (AP) — A U.S. Black Hawk military helicopter training in Romania was forced to undertake an emergency landing Thursday in central Bucharest, bringing down two lampposts in the process. No on...

Widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat dies in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the first Arab leader to make peace with Israel, died in Egypt on Friday. She was 87. In recent weeks, Egyp...