• EU Sanctions Hit Putin’s Defense Minister, 351 Lawmakers
    2022-02-23 18:41:11 UTC

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed to slap sanctions Wednesday on Russia’s defense minister, a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin and hundreds of Russian lawmakers who voted in favor of recognizing the independence of separatist areas in southeast Ukraine. The sanctions, mostly a freeze on the assets of those listed and ...
  • US and Allies Close to Restoring Nuclear Deal With Iran
    2022-02-23 13:25:07 UTC

    JERUSALEM (AP) — While the world’s attention has been focused on Ukraine, the Biden administration also has been racing with world powers toward restoring the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran. After months of negotiations in Vienna, the various sides have indicated a new deal is close, perhaps in the coming days. But instea...
  • 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...
  • Disgraced Trump Calls Putin's Ukraine Moves “Genius”
    2022-02-23 05:53:41 UTC

    Disgraced Former US President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin "very savvy" after Putin recognized two breakaway "republics" in eastern Ukraine as independent. Why it matters: Western leaders have denounced the declaration as a violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty. Russian forces have moved 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 Representative: Putin's Goal Is to Take Over All of Ukraine
    2022-02-22 01:55:05 UTC

    Following Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to order Russian troops into two separatist pro-Moscow regions in eastern Ukraine, Rep. Ted Lieu said Putin's actions and words show "his goal and intent is to take over all of Ukraine." "This action by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin further confirms that [GOP Sen.] Mitt Romn...
  • Putin Orders Forces to Enter Eastern Ukraine
    2022-02-21 22:59:15 UTC

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered forces Monday to “maintain peace” in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine, hours after the Kremlin recognized the area’s independence. The announcement raised fears that an invasion was imminent, if not already underway. The Kremlin decree, spelled out in an order signed by Put...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A Look To West Intelligence Strategy Against Russia
    2022-01-31 04:53:52 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a break from the past, the U.S. and its allies are increasingly revealing their intelligence findings as they confront Russian preparations for a possible invasion of Ukraine, looking to undercut Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans by exposing them and deflecting his efforts to shape world opinion. The Whit...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • UK Intel: Russia Is Seeking Regime Change in Ukraine
    2022-01-23 02:35:27 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and said former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate. Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian party Nashi, which currently has no seats in Ukraine’s...
  • 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 ...
  • Trump Used “Fraudulent" Claims to Get Loans, Tax Benefits
    2022-01-19 22:22:55 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general says her investigators have uncovered evidence that former President Donald Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of its golf clubs, skyscrapers and other property to get loans and tax benefits. In a court filing late Tuesday, lawyers for Attorney General Letitia Jam...
  • 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...
  • Jim Crow Filibuster, History Will Not Remember Them Kindly
    2022-01-18 17:14:47 UTC

    Martin Luther King III, the son of the late civil rights leader, compared Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin to the white moderate his father wrote about during the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s — a person who declared support for the goals of Black voting rights but not the direct actions or demonstrations that ultimately le...
  • 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 ...
  • Assassin of Robert F. Kennedy Denied Parole
    2022-01-15 04:57:30 UTC

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole Thursday by California’s governor, who said the killer remains a threat to the public and hasn’t taken responsibility for a crime that altered American history. Kennedy, a U.S. senator from New York, was shot...
  • 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 ...