Territorial disputes

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes questions at a press conference, Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Hong Kong. Lam said she will suspend a proposed extradition bill indefinitely in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 15, 2019 - 8:04 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are planning a mass protest Sunday even after the territory's embattled leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China. Activists...
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Riot police stand guard as protesters walk outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Thursday, June 13, 2019. After days of silence, Chinese state media is characterizing the largely peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong as a "riot" and accusing protesters of "violent acts." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 13, 2019 - 4:30 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's legislature suspended meetings Thursday as leaders considered their next steps following violent clashes between police and protesters who oppose a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. Critics say the measure, now on hold, would...
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Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe salutes attendees ahead of the fourth plenary session of the 18th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defense and security forum in Asia, in Singapore, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
June 02, 2019 - 2:55 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister warned Sunday that its military will "resolutely take action" to defend Beijing's claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters. Speaking at an annual security conference in Singapore, Gen. Wei Fenghe did not direct the threat at the U.S...
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Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, left, arrives for the opening dinner of the 18th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defense and security forum in Asia, in Singapore, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
June 01, 2019 - 8:53 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Saturday denounced China's efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in the South China Sea as a "toolkit of coercion," saying activities by Beijing the U.S. perceives as hostile must end. In...
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Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces march over a representation of an Israeli flag during "al-Quds" Day, Arabic for Jerusalem, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 31, 2019. Jerusalem Day began after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, when the Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day to demonstrate the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
May 31, 2019 - 12:15 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies Friday marking Quds, or Jerusalem Day. The annual protests come as the Trump administration...
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Screensavers showing King Salman are visible on computers at the press center for upcoming summits, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Salman convenes Arab heads of state from the Gulf and Arab League to discuss escalation in tension with Iran. Arabic on computers reads, "Despite all the challenges facing our Arab nation. We are optimistic about a promising future that fulfills the hopes of our nations for leadership." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
May 30, 2019 - 6:15 pm
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an appeal to Arab leaders gathered in Mecca to reject a White House plan for the Palestinian-Israel conflict. Speaking before King...
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An M109 self-propelled Howitzer fire during the annual Han Kuang exercises in Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
May 30, 2019 - 1:11 am
FANGSHAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese tanks and soldiers have fired at simulated Chinese forces in an anti-invasion drill on the island's coast. The live-fire drill on Thursday at a beach in southern Taiwan is part of an ongoing annual exercise designed to showcase the military's capabilities and...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2018 file photo, White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. There is little enthusiasm among U.S. allies for Kushner's planned Mideast conference at the end of June, 2019. The conference, presented as phase one of his long-awaited plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, has put pro-Western countries like Jordan and the Saudi Arabia in a difficult position. They can't afford to snub an invitation from their American benefactors but are wary of endorsing a plan that does not include Palestinian independence. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 28, 2019 - 2:42 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they visit several locations in the region and in Europe starting Tuesday to rally support for what they have billed as a workshop on the economic foundations of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The...
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May 23, 2019 - 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether courts should intervene in a political dispute between Congress and President Donald Trump over funding the border wall. Judge Trevor McFadden on Thursday questioned attorneys for the House of Representatives, which brought the lawsuit last...
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AP United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
May 22, 2019 - 2:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace warned Wednesday that "nothing can be meaningfully fixed" until Gaza's Hamas rulers and Palestinian Islamic Jihad renounce their vows to destroy Israel and stop carrying out violent acts. Jason...
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