Latest Soviet Union News

Leader of Belarus marks 30 years in power after crushing all dissent and cozying up to Moscow

Jul. 19, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — For three decades, European leaders have come and gone by the dozens, but Alexander Lukashenko remains in absolute control of Belarus. His longevity is due to a mixture of harshly silencing all dissent, reverting to Soviet-style economic controls and...

Closing arguments in espionage trial of Wall Street Journal reporter will be Friday, court says

Jul. 18, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Closing arguments in the espionage trial of U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich will be held Friday, a court said, as the proceedings in Russia's highly politicized legal system picked up speed in a case that has seen the reporter held behind bars for over a year. ...

US journalist Gershkovich scheduled to appear in Russian court for the second hearing of spy charges

Jul. 16, 2024 05:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich is scheduled to appear in court in Russia on Thursday for the second hearing in his trial on espionage charges that he, his employer and the U.S. government vehemently deny, court records showed. The trial is taking place...

Treason and espionage cases are rising in Russia since the war in Ukraine began

Jul. 14, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Maksim Kolker’s phone rang at 6 a.m., and the voice on the other end said his father had been arrested, he thought it was a scam to extort money. A day earlier, he had taken his father, prominent Russian physicist Dmitry Kolker, to the hospital in his native...

With words, deeds and arms deals, allies make the case for NATO in terms that would appeal to Trump

Jul. 13, 2024 08:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — European allies in NATO are stepping up their military spending, just as Donald Trump wanted. They're pointing to common interests, such as concerns over China. They’re creating American jobs by buying U.S. weapons. In words, deeds and arms deals, leaders of the...

Jens Stoltenberg will wrap up a NATO summit for a final time at the helm

Jul. 11, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Jens Stoltenberg will bid farewell to NATO leaders on Thursday after chairing his final summit as the military alliance’s top civilian official, bringing an unofficial end to a decade at the helm during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history. ...

The Latest: First Senate Democrat and more House Democrats call for Biden's withdrawal

Jul. 10, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, facing pressure from within his own party to abandon his reelection campaign, is set to meet Wednesday with the executive council of the AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of trade unions as he tries to make the case that his record in office matters...

Election 2024 Latest: Democratic leadership backs Biden, Trump returns to the campaign trail

Jul. 09, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is getting back on the campaign trail at his flagship Miami golf resort as Democrats face tough calls over President Joe Biden ’s reelection chances. Ever since his dismal debate performance, Democrats have been wrestling with...

NATO leaders are descending on Washington. Here's what to know

Jul. 08, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO leaders meet this week for a summit commemorating the 75th anniversary of the military alliance, which has never been larger and more focused but is also facing potentially existential threats from outside and within. If Russia’s war in Ukraine, challenges...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy discusses further NATO support with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Jul. 08, 2024 10:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday that he expects the upcoming NATO summit to provide specific steps to strengthen his country's air defenses against Russia, hours after a Russian missile attack killed at least 31 people and wounded 154 others in various...