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The Latest: EU plans Pfizer vaccine contract extension

Apr. 14, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS — The head of the European Union’s executive arm has announced plans for a major contract extension for COVID-19 vaccines with Pfizer stretching to 2023. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the EU will start negotiating to...

Russian President Putin gets 2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot

Apr. 14, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot, three weeks after getting the first dose. The Russian leader announced getting the jab, which was kept out of the public eye, at a session of the Russian Geographical...

Russia targets student magazine with raids, criminal charges

Apr. 14, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities levied criminal charges Wednesday against four young editors of an online student magazine that had coverage about the nationwide protests supporting jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny earlier this year. Police raided the Moscow...

US coordinates Afghanistan pullout with NATO withdrawal

Apr. 14, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s top national security aides were consulting with NATO on Wednesday to coordinate the alliance’s withdrawal from Afghanistan with the planned pullout of American troops by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ...

Russia tries to ban Kosovo flag at UN -- unsuccessfully

Apr. 13, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia tried for the first time Tuesday to prevent Kosovo’s representative from speaking at the U.N. Security Council with the country’s flag in the background, saying the majority of council members don’t recognize its independence from Serbia. ...

Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Apr. 13, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's young presidency. Biden also told Putin the U.S. would “act...

Column: Olympic boycott chatter shouldn't go any further

Apr. 13, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

It may have been a slip of the tongue, or perhaps a bit of miscommunication in a new administration. That’s little consolation to hundreds of potential Olympians around the country. Just to hear chatter in the nation’s capital about a possible boycott of the Winter...

Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever

Apr. 13, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade. The...

US intel report: Virus impact to cause global 'aftershocks'

Apr. 13, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to contribute over the next year to “humanitarian and economic crises, political unrest, and geopolitical competition,” according to a new intelligence report that also warns about the threats from foreign...

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO

Apr. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what he described as threats from NATO. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the maneuvers in western Russia that have worried...