• Lies and Fabrications Behind Russian Invasion of Ukraine
    2022-02-23 23:10:31 UTC

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin said rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine asked Russia for military assistance Wednesday to help fend off Ukrainian “aggression” while Ukraine declared a nationwide state of emergency amid growing fears of an all-out invasion by Russian troops. The announcement from Moscow immediately fueled fears that t...
  • Ukraine Urges More Sanctions Against Putin: Hit Hard, Hit Now
    2022-02-23 23:18:33 UTC

    KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s top diplomat wants to see tougher sanctions slapped on Russia over its aggressive posture toward his country. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Wednesday on Twitter: “To stop Putin from further aggression, we call on partners to impose more sanctions on Russia now.” He expressed thanks for in...
  • Germany Stops Nord Stream 2: Putin's Actions "Unjustified"
    2022-02-22 13:06:56 UTC

    Berlin — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz put the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany on ice, a measure widely considered the toughest Europe is likely to take against Moscow at this stage. "We must reassess the situation, in particular regarding Nord Stream 2," Scholz told a news conference with the ...
  • US, EU Announce Sanctions on Russia, Targeting Separatists in Ukraine
    2022-02-21 23:09:25 UTC

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is ordering forces to maintain peace in eastern Ukraine. But it is not immediately clear whether or when troops would enter the country. The announcement follows a day of fast-moving developments in which Putin announced the recognition of separatist regions in Ukraine....
  • Russia Will Lose Its Future The Day it Invades Ukraine
    2022-02-20 21:15:39 UTC

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia extended military drills near Ukraine’s northern borders Sunday amid increased fears that two days of sustained shelling along the contact line between soldiers and Russa-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine could spark an invasion. Ukraine’s president appealed for a cease-fire. <h3><a href="https://www....
  • Putin Announces Partial Withdrawal of Troops From Ukraine Border
    2022-02-15 18:57:08 UTC

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he welcomed a security dialogue with the West as his military reported pulling back some of its troops near Ukraine — signals that may indicate the Kremlin has opted for a diplomatic path for now despite Western fears of an imminent Russian invasion of its neighbor. Putin s...
  • Accountant: Trump Financial Statements Are Not Reliable
    2022-02-15 04:19:24 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The accounting firm that prepared former President Donald Trump’s annual financial statements says the documents, used to secure lucrative loans and burnish Trump’s image as a wealthy businessman, “should no longer be relied upon” after New York’s attorney general said they regularly misstated the value of assets. In...
  • Culture of Sexual Abuse in US Women’s Prison, 'The Rape Club'
    2022-02-07 03:36:37 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Inside one of the only federal women’s prisons in the United States, inmates say they have been subjected to rampant sexual abuse by correctional officers and even the warden, and were often threatened or punished when they tried to speak up. Prisoners and workers at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, ...
  • Winter Olympics to Open Under Unprecedented Conditions
    2022-02-04 16:25:38 UTC

    BEIJING (AP) — China, which used its first Olympics to amplify its international aspirations, invited the world back Friday — sort of — for the pandemic era’s second Games, this time as an emboldened and more powerful nation whose government’s authoritarian turn provoked some countries’ leaders into staying home. Chinese President X...
  • Myanmar a Year after Military Takeover of Power
    2022-01-31 04:53:22 UTC

    AKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An elderly woman forced to flee bombings. A former peace negotiator leaving his job to fight Myanmar security forces. A woman’s husband shot during a peaceful protest, leaving her alone to care for their two children. Since Myanmar’s military dismissed the results of the country’s democratic election and sei...
  • Lack of Food in Ethiopia’s Tigray Is Getting Worse
    2022-01-28 16:46:47 UTC

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than a third of the people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “are suffering an extreme lack of food,” the United Nations World Food Program said in a new assessment of a region under a months-long government blockade. “Families are exhausting all means to feed themselves, with three-quarters of the pop...
  • Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Is Retiring
    2022-01-27 04:06:49 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court, two sources told The Associated Press Wednesday. Breyer, 83, has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in rec...
  • Germany’s Position Is Rooted in Its History
    2022-01-26 01:13:14 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s refusal to join other NATO members in providing weapons to Ukraine has annoyed some allies and raised questions about Berlin’s resolve in standing up to Russia. The issue rose to the fore over the weekend following a report that Berlin had gone so far as to block Estonia from supplying old German howitzers to...
  • Stocks Stage Turnaround After Reversing Steep Slide
    2022-01-25 02:48:53 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished a volatile day slightly higher on Monday after reversing a steep slide caused by uncertainty over inflation-fighting measures from the Federal Reserve and the possibility of conflict between Russia and Ukraine. A late-day buying spree pushed the benchmark S&P 500 index to a 0.3% gain after pulling it...
  • US Puts 8,500 Troops on Heightened Alert For Europe
    2022-01-24 23:53:15 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon ordered 8,500 troops on higher alert Monday to potentially deploy to Europe as part of a NATO “response force” amid growing concern that Russia could soon make a military move on Ukraine. President Joe Biden consulted with key European leaders, underscoring U.S. solidarity with allies there. Putting th...
  • Europe Considers Managing Pandemic with Different Parameters
    2022-01-21 04:03:18 UTC

    MADRID (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials credited the draconian measures with preventing a full col...
  • Biden Says He Thinks Russia Will Invade Ukraine
    2022-01-20 04:47:47 UTC

    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine and warned President Vladimir Putin that his country would pay a &ldquo;dear price&rdquo; in lives lost and a possible cutoff from the global banking system if it does.</p><p>Biden, speaking at a news conference to mark his one-year ...
  • Germany Is Raising Pressure on Russia Over Its Threat to Ukraine
    2022-01-19 00:48:49 UTC

    MOSCOW — German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters Tuesday after talks in Moscow with her Russian counterpart, Lavrov, “In recent weeks, more than 100,000 Russian troops with tanks and guns have gathered near Ukraine without an understandable reason, and it’s hard not to understand that as a threat.” “We can’t accept...
  • Ukraine Crisis: Germany Warns Russia of Serious Consequences
    2022-01-18 05:41:37 UTC

    KYIV (AP) — On a visit to Kyiv, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned that “any further escalation would carry a high price for the Russian regime — economic, political and strategic” — and emphasized the need to continue negotiations. “We are prepared to have a serious dialogue with Russia, because diplomacy is the only ...
  • Jan. 6 Pro-Trump Riot: 11 People Charged With Seditious Conspiracy
    2022-01-14 04:17:06 UTC

    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.</p><p>Despite hundreds of charges already brought in the year since pro-Trump...
  • At Least 164 People Dead in Kazakhstan Protests
    2022-01-12 21:05:59 UTC

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan authorities said Sunday that 164 people, including a 4-year-old girl, were killed in a week of protests that marked the worst unrest since the former Soviet republic gained independence 30 years ago. The office of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said order has been restored in the Central Asian country and t...
  • Kazakhstan’s President Orders Forces to Kill Protesters
    2022-01-08 05:06:05 UTC

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan’s president authorized security forces on Friday to shoot to kill those participating in unrest, opening the door for a dramatic escalation in a crackdown on anti-government protests that have turned violent. The Central Asian nation this week experienced its worst street protests since gaining independence ...
  • Dilemma: A Pandemic of Unvaccinated
    2022-01-05 02:03:39 UTC

    <p>The United States reported more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases on Monday setting a global record, according to data from John Hopkins University.</p><p>The country saw a daily rise of 1,080,211 in infections after the long New Year&#39;s weekend.</p><p>While the number of infections tends to be higher on Mondays due to delays in ...
  • Omicron Less Likely to Put You In Hospital, Studies Say
    2021-12-31 03:00:05 UTC

    Two new British studies provide some early hints that the omicron variant of the coronavirus may be milder than the delta version. Scientists stress that even if the findings of these early studies hold up, any reductions in severity need to be weighed against the fact omicron spreads much faster than delta and is more able to evade...
  • Harry Reid, Former US Senate Majority Leader, Dies at 82
    2021-12-29 03:13:40 UTC

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader and Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress, has died. He was 82. Reid died Tuesday, “peacefully” and surrounded by friends “following a courageous, four-year battle with pancreatic cancer,” Landra Reid said of her husband in a statement. “Harry was a devout ...