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Africa leader warns of pressure to choose sides in Ukraine

Sep. 20, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

African Union chairperson Macky Sall said Tuesday that Africa “does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War,” alluding to the pressure mounting on the continent's leaders to choose sides over the war in Ukraine. Many African countries depend heavily on grain imports...

German parliament honors Gorbachev, who enabled unification

Sep. 07, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament paid tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev on Wednesday, holding a minute of silence for the former Soviet leader who paved the way for German reunification 32 years ago. Flags at the parliament's Reichstag building in Berlin were lowered to half-staff as...

Gorbachev's marriage, like his politics, broke the mold

Sep. 03, 2022 23:40 PM EDT

Mikhail Gorbachev was laid to rest Saturday in Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery next to his wife, Raisa, with whom he shared the world stage in a visibly close and loving marriage that was unprecedented for a Soviet leader. “They were a true pair. She was a part of him, almost always...

Gorbachev's home village remembers him well

Sep. 03, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

PRIVOLNOYE, Russia (AP) — As Moscow paid last respects to Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday, residents of the far-away village where he spent his youth lauded him too. The Soviet Union's reformist last leader, who died Tuesday at age 91, grew up in Privolnoye, a village of about 3,000...

Gorbachev buried in Moscow in funeral snubbed by Putin

Sep. 03, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians who came for a last look at former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday mourned both the man and his policies that gave them hope. President Vladimir Putin claimed to be too busy to attend. Gorbachev, who died Tuesday at age 91, launched drastic...

Gorbachev to be buried in low-key funeral snubbed by Putin

Sep. 02, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is set to be buried Saturday in a ceremony falling short of a state funeral that will not be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin or top international leaders. The relatively low-key funeral reflects the Kremlin's...

Covering Gorbachev: AP remembers his wit, wisdom, warmth

Sep. 02, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

When news hit that Mikhail Gorbachev had died at age 91, Associated Press journalists around the world began sharing their “Gorby” stories from covering the last Soviet leader or interviewing him in Russia or abroad in the three decades that followed. They remember his temper and sense of...

Gorbachev remembered fondly in Germany for enabling unity

Sep. 01, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Mikhail Gorbachev was enduringly popular in Germany for enabling the country's reunification after four decades of post-World War II division — and setting the scene for the peaceful collapse of communism that made it possible. Even 25 years after the fall of the...

Putin pays tribute to Gorbachev but won't attend his funeral

Sep. 01, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin privately laid flowers at Mikhail Gorbachev’s coffin on Thursday, snubbing the weekend’s public funeral in a move reflecting the Kremlin’s uneasiness about Gorbachev’s legacy. Just before departing for a working trip to...

History's bookends: Putin reversed many Gorbachev reforms

Sep. 01, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One stood for freedom, openness, peace and closer ties with the outside world. The other is jailing critics, muzzling journalists, pushing his country deeper into isolation and waging Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II. Such are history’s bookends...