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EU warns "spark" could set off escalation at Ukraine borders

Apr. 19, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief said Monday that in the face of the big military buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine's borders, it will only take “a spark” to set off a confrontation. In a glum assessment of relations with Moscow, Josep...

Russia says its airstrike in Syria killed 200 militants

Apr. 19, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Monday that its airstrike killed about 200 militants in eastern Syria. Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said Russian warplanes hit two militant hideouts northeast of...

Putin foe Navalny sent to prison hospital amid hunger strike

Apr. 19, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike while behind bars, was moved to a hospital in another prison after his doctor said he could be near death, his lawyer said Monday. Navalny was transferred Sunday from a...

Czech, Russian envoys fly home amid depot explosion dispute

Apr. 19, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The two Russian military agents believed to be behind a massive Czech depot explosion in 2014 likely targeted the ammunition, not the Czech Republic itself, the country's prime minister and prosecutor general said Monday. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said...

Progress in Iran nuclear talks but resolution still far away

Apr. 19, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — High-level talks in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are moving ahead with experts working on drafting proposals this week, but a solution remains “far away,” Russia's delegate said Monday. The U.S....

Russian state penitentiary service says hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is to be hospitalized

Apr. 19, 2021 05:18 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state penitentiary service says hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is to be hospitalized.

Russia expels Czech diplomats, says Prague took hostile step

Apr. 18, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Sunday ordered 20 Czech diplomats to leave the country within a day in response to the Czech government's expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats it identified as spies for a military intelligence agency that Prague claims was involved in a 2014 ammunition depot explosion....

Macron says nations must 'define red lines' with Russia

Apr. 18, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says that while dialogue with Russia is essential, “clear red lines” carrying possible sanctions must also be drawn with Moscow over Ukraine. Referring to a recent buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine's border, Macron...

Navalny's team calls protests amid reports of failing health

Apr. 18, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Associates of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny called Sunday for massive protests in the heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg on Wednesday, saying Navalny’s health is deteriorating severely during a hunger strike. Leonid Volkov, a top...

Tsitsipas wins Monte Carlo Masters without dropping a set

Apr. 18, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

MONACO (AP) — Stefanos Tsitsipas won the Monte Carlo Masters without dropping a set, beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday for his first title this year and sixth overall. Fourth-seeded Tsitsipas was in dominant form as he edged 4-3 ahead of the sixth-seeded Russian...