Foreign Affairs

August 13, 2020
In controversial fight for top bank job, Trump nominee lays out his Caribbean commitment

Mauricio Claver-Carone, President Donald Trump's candidate to control a key multilateral financial institution in the hemisphere, is hoping that his vision and experience —and not his hardline position on Cuba...

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August 13, 2020
The U.S. suspends private charter flights to Cuba. Some flights to Havana are authorized

In the middle of a pandemic, the United States suspended private charter flights to Cuba as a measure to increase pressure and cut off funds going to the Cuban government,...

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August 13, 2020
President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of...

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August 13, 2020
Lebanon’s military gets sweeping powers after Beirut blast

Lebanon's Parliament on Thursday approved a state of emergency in Beirut in its first session since the catastrophic Aug. 4 explosion, granting the military sweeping powers amid rising popular anger...

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August 13, 2020
Experts warn Spain is losing the 2nd round in virus fight

Not two months after battling back the coronavirus, Spain's hospitals are beginning to see patients struggling to breathe returning to their wards. The deployment of a military emergency brigade to...

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August 13, 2020
Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai says arrest took him by surprise

Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai said his arrest on Monday took him by surprise and that he has been overwhelmed by residents' subsequent support despite the...

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August 13, 2020
Israeli army says it accidentally hit UN-run school in strike in Gaza

The Israeli army damaged a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in an airstrike carried out overnight between Wednesday and Thursday. The...

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August 13, 2020
Abandoned by state after explosion, Lebanese help each other

In the southern Lebanese town of Haris, a newlywed couple is living in one of Safy Faqeeh's apartments for free. He's never met them before, and they aren't on a...

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August 13, 2020
AP PHOTOS: Thai scientists catch bats to trace virus origins

Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus. Initial research has already...

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August 13, 2020
75 years later, 1 million Japanese war dead still missing

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, more than 1 million Japanese war dead are scattered throughout Asia, where the legacy of Japanese aggression still hampers recovery efforts....

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August 12, 2020
Puerto Rico Supreme Court orders island’s suspended primaries to resume Sunday

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the votes cast in Sunday's botched primary election will be counted, and ordered the election to be continued this coming Sunday for precincts...

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August 12, 2020
Scientists recorded rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake in Atlantic Ocean. What does it mean?

The damage caused by earthquakes is well documented, but a newly recorded “boomerang” quake can hit once, turn around, then hit harder and faster the econd time, a new study...

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August 12, 2020
Hundreds chant ‘Shame!’ to decry Belarus election, crackdown

Hundreds of women rallied across Belarus' capital Wednesday to protest a brutal police crackdown that left hundreds injured and thousands detained while challenging election results extending the 26-year rule of...

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August 12, 2020
New Zealand COVID-19 cluster grows with 13 new cases reported

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand on Thursday reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, with health officials linking them to one Auckland family. Health officials expected further cases to be...

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August 12, 2020
Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl's sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as...

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August 12, 2020
Belgian beach brawl fuels virus, political, climate tension

It started as a Saturday trip to Belgium's coast, a chance to escape a heat wave and coronavirus restrictions for a while. As the tide came in, the beach got...

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August 12, 2020
Children in Beirut suffer from trauma after deadly blast

When the huge explosion ripped through Beirut last week, it shattered the glass doors near where 3-year-old Abed Achi was playing with his Lego blocks. He suffered a head injury...

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August 12, 2020
Political novices drawn to anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel

In a summer of protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the accusations of corruption and calls for him to resign could be accompanied by another familiar refrain: “I've never...

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August 11, 2020
Claver-Carone: Argentina wants to “obstruct” elections for president of regional bank

Mauricio Claver-Carone, an adviser to President Donald Trump who is running to be the head of the Inter-American Development Bank, accused a “minority” of Latin American countries led by Argentina...

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August 11, 2020
Rowley wins new term as Trinidad and Tobago prime minister. Opposition demands recount

Voters in oil-rich Trinidad and Tobago have returned to power the government of Prime Minister Keith Rowley for five more years in Monday's general elections amid the coronavirus pandemic. But...

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August 11, 2020
A week after blast, Beirut pauses to remember the dead

The shattered city of Beirut on Tuesday marked a week since the catastrophic explosion that killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political crisis....

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August 11, 2020
Opposition candidate leaves Belarus, urges end to protests

The top opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential vote, who initially refused to concede her defeat amid a massive police crackdown on anti-government protesters, said Tuesday she has left for Lithuania...

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August 11, 2020
‘It wasn’t just about the protests.’ Entrepreneur, activist Bernard Fils-Aime dead at 67

As an entrepreneur, he helped pioneer cellular service in Haiti as the chief executive officer of a mobile phone company where he made corporate giving and responsibility the rule rather...

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August 11, 2020
Russia registers virus vaccine, Putin’s daughter given it

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a coronavirus vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use and one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Speaking at a...

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August 11, 2020
Putin says Russia has registered world’s first COVID-19 vaccine

President Vladimir Putin said Russia has registered its first COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an effective protection against the deadly pathogen, and disclosed that one of his own daughters had already...

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August 11, 2020
Media mogul Jimmy Lai released on bail in Hong Kong

Media mogul Jimmy Lai was let out of police custody on Tuesday evening after more than 40 hours to cheers from supporters of the pro-democracy movement. The South China Morning...

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August 11, 2020
Analysis: Politics, not necessarily science, seen as key driver of Russian vaccine claim

The name might just say it all. In a global first, Russia announced Tuesday that it had developed a ready-for-use coronavirus vaccine. And, in a not-at-all-subtle nod to a decades-old...

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August 11, 2020
New Zealand loses coronavirus-free status after more than 100 days

New Zealand's largest city was placed in lockdown after the country's coronavirus-free status ended after more than 100 days with the detection of four cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Prime...

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August 11, 2020
South Africa’s poor scramble for anti-HIV drugs amid virus

When her regular clinic ran out of her government-funded HIV medications amid South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown, Sibongile Zulu panicked. A local pharmacy had the drugs for $48, but she didn't...

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August 11, 2020
Lithuanian FM: Belarus challenger ‘safe’ in Lithuania

The Lithuanian foreign minister says that the leading opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election has fled her country and is now “safe” in Lithuania. Linas Linkevicius made the statement on...

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August 11, 2020
Three decades after Jones fight, gold still stings for Park

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. South Korean boxer...

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August 11, 2020
Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India's holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city. Today,...

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August 10, 2020
French expert: Dangerous chemicals remain in Beirut port

Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut, after finding one that was leaking, according to a...

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August 10, 2020
Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court agrees to hear lawsuits on suspended election

Amid an unprecedented electoral debacle, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico said Monday it will evaluate claims filed by two candidates from opposing political parties who are calling for all...

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August 10, 2020
Cuba keeps Havana airport closed due to coronavirus outbreak

Due to a spike of coronavirus cases in Cuba, the government keep Havana's airport closed. … Click to Continue »

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August 10, 2020
Havana goes back into lockdown to contain COVID-19 outbreak

After the relaxation of some restrictions in July, Havana went back into lockdown on Monday, after more than 200 coronavirus cases were reported in the last two weeks. In the...

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August 10, 2020
Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

The future of Puerto Rico's botched primaries rested in the hands of a judge on Monday as answers trickled out on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to...

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August 10, 2020
China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

China on Monday announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out...

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August 10, 2020
Treasure-hunter finds 3,000-year-old hoard in Scotland

An amateur treasure-hunter has uncovered one of the most significant Bronze Age hoards ever found in Scotland, including jewelry and a 3,000-year-old sword, authorities said Monday. Metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien...

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August 10, 2020
Lebanon questions security chief, minister quits over blast

A Lebanese judge on Monday began questioning the heads of the country's security agencies over last week's devastating blast in Beirut as another Cabinet minister resigned in protest. Judge Ghassan...

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