- Taiwan stands up to China with World War II military parade Updated: Jul-04-15 3:34 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan marched out thousands of troops and displayed its most modern military hardware Saturday to spotlight an old but often forgotten claim that its forces, not the Chinese Communists, led the campaign that routed imperial Japan from China 70 years ago.
- UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute Updated: Jul-03-15 4:08 pm
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.
- Lion cubs en route to Jordan sanctuary check into Gaza hotel Updated: Jul-03-15 2:28 pm
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip after the animals and their entourage had been stuck for several hours on no-man's land at a Gaza-Israel border crossing.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan summon envoys in dispute Updated: Jul-03-15 9:02 am
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the midst of a diplomatic dispute. The two neighbors have summoned each other's ambassadors to lodge protests over the detention of a Pakistani official in the Afghan city of Kandahar and a deadly cross-border shootout between Pakistani and Afghan border police, officials said Friday.
- A year after Gaza war, southern Israel slowly recovers Updated: Jul-03-15 3:50 am
NIRIM, Israel - On the last day of last summer's Israel-Hamas war, Gadi Yarkoni and two of his closest friends were fixing an electricity line next to the cowshed in their kibbutz in southern Israel that had been damaged by rocket fire from neighboring Gaza.
- Analysis: Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades Updated: Jul-03-15 3:09 am
WASHINGTON - The stumbles, blunders, and policy chaos that have sent increasingly frosty U.S.-Russia relations into what many now call a new Cold War might have been inevitable.
- A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows Updated: Jun-30-15 7:38 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive.
- AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am
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- France: Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode at any time Updated: Jun-29-15 1:27 pm
UNITED NATIONS - France's foreign minister warned Monday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode "at any moment" and the Islamic State extremist group can interfere at any time.
- Philippine officials say China island-building in full swing Updated: Jun-26-15 9:55 pm
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines - China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon.
- Vatican signs treaty with "State of Palestine" Updated: Jun-26-15 7:50 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries.
- AP Interview: Gaza rebuilding moving at 'snail's pace' Updated: Jun-25-15 3:46 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza reconstruction is moving at a "snail's pace" and at this rate, it would likely take 30 years to rebuild the extensive damage from last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a senior U.N. official said.
- Japan navy drill in South China Sea may lead to larger role Updated: Jun-23-15 9:00 am
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines - A tiny military exercise in the Philippines this week may presage something much bigger: the entry of Japan into the tussle for control of the South China Sea.
- UN report on Gaza: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes Updated: Jun-22-15 11:00 am
JERUSALEM - A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict.
- Philippines holds drills with US, Japan near disputed sea Updated: Jun-22-15 10:22 am
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines - The Philippines launched separate naval exercises with the United States and Japan on Monday on an island province facing the disputed South China Sea, displaying its security alliances amid an increasingly tense territorial rift with Beijing.
- US developing 'Plan B' for deporting convicted plane bomber Updated: Jun-21-15 4:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The federal government has been exploring a "Plan B" to deport a man who placed a bomb on a Hawaii-bound airplane in 1982 and who has remained in immigration custody since being released from prison two years ago.
- Israel, Hamas in unspoken alliance against Gaza extremists Updated: Jun-21-15 11:29 am
- Israel church set ablaze in possible Jewish extremist attack Updated: Jun-18-15 11:23 am
TABGHA, Israel - A fire ripped through one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land on Thursday, damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what authorities believe is an attack by Jewish extremists.
- Vietnam accuses China of attacking its fishermen Updated: Jun-16-15 11:40 pm
HANOI, Vietnam - A Vietnamese official on Wednesday accused China of attacking its fishermen in three separate incidents over the past week in the disputed South China Sea.
- China says South China Sea island building to finish soon Updated: Jun-16-15 2:13 am
BEIJING - China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.
- Israelis go on offensive ahead of UN report Updated: Jun-14-15 3:37 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel on Sunday launched a pre-emptive assault on an upcoming U.N. report into last year's war in the Gaza Strip, saying the report is unfairly biased and issuing its own report that blames Gaza's Hamas militant rulers for the heavy civilian casualties.
- Guyana to seek UN help to end border dispute with Venezuela Updated: Jun-13-15 6:34 pm
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Guyana's government says it plans to formally ask the United Nations to intervene and help resolve an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela.
- Philippines airs program about sea disputes with China Updated: Jun-12-15 10:23 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government broadcast a television program on Friday aimed at boosting public opposition to China's increasingly assertive moves to press its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
- Palestinian poll shows discontent with Hamas, Gaza war Updated: Jun-09-15 12:11 pm
JERUSALEM - Gaza residents are unhappy with the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers and by its war with Israel last summer, a new Palestinian poll released Tuesday shows.
- In Gaza Strip, fish farms bring relief to seafood lovers Updated: Jun-09-15 10:36 am
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - The Gaza Strip, with a 40-kilometer (25-mile) Mediterranean coastline, was always known for its seafood until Israel restricted the fishing area.