Queen’s Australia rep was assured of power before ’75 crisis

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s office assured her representative in Australia he had the power to bring down the Australian government a week before he took the extraordinary move in 1975 and created a political crisis, according to letters released Tuesday.

China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea

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BEIJING (AP) — The Trump administration's rejection of broad Chinese claims to much of the South China Sea came across in Asia as an election-year political move, with some appealing for calm amid fears of greater tensions.

Satellite images show Ethiopia dam reservoir swelling

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia’s disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it’s likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action.

US rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.

US eyes world power summit for UN anniversary amid crises

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Monday to his Russian counterpart about convening the leaders of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the State Department said.

Thousands in Russia’s Far East protest governor’s jailing

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MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered Monday for a third straight day of massive rallies in Russia's Far East against the jailing of a provincial governor accused of involvement in multiple murders.

Ivory Coast vice president resigns citing personal reasons

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's vice president has submitted his resignation less than a week after the prime minister died, officials said Monday, throwing the West African country's political scene into further disarray three months before pivotal national elections.

Somalia’s army chief survives bombing of his convoy; 1 dead

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s army chief has survived an assassination attempt when a suicide car bomber targeted his convoy in the Somali capital Monday, officials said. At least one person was killed by the blast, they said.

Families of Italy’s virus dead seek answers, solace, justice

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ROME (AP) — It started out as way for grief-struck families to mourn their coronavirus dead online: a Facebook group where relatives who were denied a funeral because of Italy’s stringent lockdowns could share photos, memories and sorrow that their loved ones had died all alone.

4 Azerbaijani troops die in clashes with Armenia

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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other Monday for skirmishes on their volatile border that has left four Azerbaijani soldiers dead and several troops wounded on both sides.