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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...

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...

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...

Biden talks with Vladimir Putin, raises concerns about Russian military buildup on Ukraine border

Apr. 13, 2021 11:36 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden talks with Vladimir Putin, raises concerns about Russian military buildup on Ukraine border.

Putin foe Navalny says he sues prison for withholding Quran

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was suing his prison for withholding the Quran, which he intended to study while serving time outside Moscow. Navalny has been on a hunger strike for two weeks, protesting prison...

Russia’s FM in Egypt for talks on ties and Ethiopia’s dam

Apr. 12, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Russia discussed trade and other ties between the two nations Monday, with Egypt’s top diplomat urging Moscow to help settle Egypt’s dispute with Ethiopia over a massive dam project. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...

Ukraine's leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

Apr. 12, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader has asked for a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop buildup across his country's border and the escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the request has not been answered so far, his spokeswoman said Monday. ...

Russia puts feminist activist on trial for pornography

Apr. 12, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A feminist artist went on trial Monday in Russia on charges of disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies. Human rights groups linked her prosecution to the Kremlin’s conservative stance promoting “traditional family values.” ...

The leaders of Ukraine, Turkey stress territorial integrity

Apr. 10, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Turkey stressed the importance of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the de-escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine and security in the Black Sea following a meeting Saturday in Istanbul. Ukrainian President Volodymyr...