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Debate over Myanmar upends start to UN rights body session

Jun. 21, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body opened its latest session on Monday and was immediately embroiled in a debate over the representation of Myanmar, where a military takeover toppled the civilian government in February. Western countries said two planned...

Paying fortifies ransomware gangs but scant support for bans

Jun. 21, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don't expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. “It is the position of the U.S. government that we strongly...

Russian research assistant arrested for spying in Germany

Jun. 21, 2021 04:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Russian man who worked at a German university has been arrested on suspicion of espionage for allegedly passing information to Russian intelligence, German prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, identified only as Ilnur N., was arrested on Friday, and his...

EU to slap new sanctions on Belarus, target its economy

Jun. 21, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers will approve Monday a fresh set of sanctions against scores of officials in Belarus and prepare a series of measures aimed at hurting the country’s economy, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. The EU has...

Armenia PM party wins snap parliamentary election

Jun. 21, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Results released Monday showed that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan. With all precincts counted,...

Armenian election commission says acting PM Nikol Pashinyan's party wins snap parliamentary election with 53.9% of vote

Jun. 21, 2021 02:04 AM EDT
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian election commission says acting PM Nikol Pashinyan's party wins snap parliamentary election with 53.9% of vote.

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Jun. 21, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, the country's state TV reported. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that aired on Sunday that...

Russia's ambassador, recalled over spat, returns to US

Jun. 20, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ambassador has returned to the United States three months after being recalled as tensions rose between Moscow and Washington, according to a tweet from the Russian Embassy on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden...

Armenian PM's party far ahead with partial election results

Jun. 20, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Partial results in Armenia’s snap parliamentary elections show a strong lead for the party of acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, who called the election in a bid to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan. But as the count...

World champs prize pool goes up $1 million for '22, '23

Jun. 20, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — World Athletics will use $2 million in doping fines it has received from Russia to increase the prize pool at the next two world championships. Seb Coe, the president of the federation, said Sunday that prize money would increase by $1 million at...