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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...

Greens bid for German chancellery as Merkel's bloc squabbles

Apr. 19, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party's first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc was mired in a power struggle. ...

Georgian opposition parties sign deal to end crisis

Apr. 19, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia edged closer to ending a months-long political crisis after several opposition parties signed a deal Monday that was brokered by the European Union. However, the biggest opposition force, the United National Movement, refrained from...

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...

Germany expects vaccine deliveries to ramp up in 2nd quarter

Apr. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister on Monday welcomed the announcement by two pharmaeutical companies that they will deliver more coronavirus vaccines during the second quarter than previously predicted. The Germany company BioNTech, which developed the first...

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...

Refugees win rare victory in landmark Serbia pushback ruling

Apr. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hamid Ahmadi still can feel the cold of the February night when Serbian police left him and two dozen other refugees in a forest. Crammed into a police van, the refugees from Afghanistan thought they were headed to an asylum-seekers' camp in...

Czechs expel 18 Russians over huge depot explosion in 2014

Apr. 17, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic announced Saturday that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the move is based on “unequivocal evidence"...

Iran offers upbeat assessment of progress in nuclear talks

Apr. 17, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior Iranian official offered a cautiously upbeat assessment of progress in talks aimed at bringing the United States back into world powers' 2015 deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, saying Saturday that a “new understanding” appears to be taking shape. ...

Italy's Salvini to stand trial for 2019 migrant standoff

Apr. 17, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge on Saturday ordered former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to stand trial on kidnapping charges for having refused to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019, keeping the people onboard at sea for days. Judge...