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How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 00:28 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

For many Ukrainians, life is split in two: Before and after the war. This is one family's story

Feb. 21, 2024 00:16 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kateryna Dmytryk had been waiting for this moment for almost two years — nearly all of her young son’s life. Side by side, they ran, 2-year-old Timur leading the way as snow crunched beneath their feet. A slender, pale man made his way to the pair from the...

Food deliveries into northern Gaza are halted because of the war's chaos, increasing famine risk

Feb. 20, 2024 23:28 PM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The World Food Program said Tuesday it has paused deliveries of food to isolated northern Gaza because of increasing chaos across the territory, hiking fears of potential starvation. A study by the U.N. children’s agency warned that one in six children in the north are...

Iran accuses Israel of sabotage attack that saw explosions strike natural gas pipeline

Feb. 21, 2024 03:17 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli sabotage attack on an Iranian natural gas pipeline caused the multiple explosions that struck it a week ago, Iran's oil minister alleged Wednesday, further raising tensions between the regional archenemies amid Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip....

2 men are charged with murder in the deadly shooting at Kansas City's Super Bowl celebration

Feb. 20, 2024 18:43 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two men charged with murder in last week's shooting after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade were strangers who pulled out guns and began firing within seconds of starting an argument, according to court documents released Tuesday. Missouri...

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Feb. 20, 2024 21:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with Russian intelligence-affiliated officials, prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors...

It's an election year, and Biden's team is signaling a more aggressive posture toward the press

Feb. 21, 2024 00:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Occupants of the White House have grumbled over news coverage practically since the place was built. Now it's Joe Biden's turn: With a reelection campaign underway, there are signs that those behind the president are starting to more aggressively and publicly challenge how he is...

Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin's top rival

Feb. 20, 2024 23:04 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comparing his criminal indictments to the circumstances of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the top political opponent of Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin who died in a remote arctic prison after being jailed by the Kremlin...

YouTube mom Ruby Franke apologizes at sentencing in child abuse case

Feb. 20, 2024 19:22 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ruby Franke, a Utah mother of six who gave parenting advice to millions via a once-popular a YouTube channel, shared a tearful apology to her children for physically and emotionally abusing them before a judge delivered a sentence that could put her in prison for years, if...

A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon offer hope to others

Feb. 21, 2024 00:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives. She was willing to try...

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Lawyers for the US to tell a British court why WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange should face spying charges

Feb. 21, 2024 04:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the American government are to tell a London court on Wednesday why they think Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States, in response to a last-ditch bid by his defense to stop the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder. Assange’s...

Live updates | 2 killed in Gaza where Palestinians were seeking shelter: Doctors Without Borders

Feb. 21, 2024 04:02 AM EST

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that two people were killed when a shelter housing staff in the Gaza Strip was struck during an Israeli operation in an area where Palestinians have been told to seek shelter. “While details are still emerging, ambulance crews...

Alexei Navalny's mother files lawsuit with a Russian court demanding release of her son's body

Feb. 21, 2024 03:46 AM EST

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit at a court in the Arctic city of Salekhard contesting officials’ refusal to release her son’s body, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported Wednesday. A closed-door hearing has been scheduled for March...

Heavy snow hits north and central China, disrupting traffic and canceling classes

Feb. 21, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Heavy snow has blanketed northern and central China, disrupting traffic and forcing schools to cancel classes. Flights and intercity train traffic on which much of China’s commuters rely were delayed or canceled on Wednesday. Authorities in the provinces of Hebei,...

Syria says an Israeli strike that hit a Damascus residential area killed 2 people

Feb. 21, 2024 03:35 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a neighborhood of the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning, killing two people and causing material damage, Syria's state TV said. There was no confirmation of the strikes from Israel. The Syrian state TV reported that several missiles hit...

Japan's industry minister chides utility president over radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant

Feb. 21, 2024 03:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s industry minister summoned the president of the utility that runs the Fukushima nuclear power plant to his office Wednesday and chided him for a radioactive water leak at the plant earlier this month. Mishaps related to the massive amount of contaminated...

Iran accuses Israel of sabotage attack that saw explosions strike natural gas pipeline

Feb. 21, 2024 03:17 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli sabotage attack on an Iranian natural gas pipeline caused the multiple explosions that struck it a week ago, Iran's oil minister alleged Wednesday, further raising tensions between the regional archenemies amid Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip....

South Korean government warns striking doctors to return to work or face legal action

Feb. 21, 2024 03:14 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean government on Wednesday warned thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately or face legal action after their collective walkouts caused cancellations of surgeries and disrupted other hospital operations. About 7,800 medical...

Police fire teargas as Indian farmers resume protest march to New Delhi after talks fail

Feb. 21, 2024 03:13 AM EST

SHAMBHU, India (AP) — Police fired tear gas on Wednesday at thousands of Indian farmers who resumed their protest march to New Delhi after talks with the government failed to end an impasse over their demands for guaranteed crop prices. The protests come at a crucial time for...

Japan's exports surged nearly 12% in January in 2nd straight month of gains

Feb. 21, 2024 03:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports surged a stronger than expected nearly 12% in January, helped by robust demand for vehicles, auto parts and machinery. That helped the nation’s trade deficit shrink to 1.76 trillion yen ($12 billion), or about half of what it was a year earlier. ...