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Syria: Everyone else's battleground, in both war and peace

Sep. 25, 2018 3:45 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sent back to jail

Sep. 24, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Immediately after being released from jail at the end of a 30-day sentence, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained again on Monday and ordered to spend 20 more days behind bars. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most visible opponent, has served numerous jail sentences for...

Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles

Sep. 24, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Monday it will supply Syria's government with sophisticated S-300 air defense systems after last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions. The Russian Il-20 military...

Moldovan court suspends president in political standoff

Sep. 24, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's Constitutional Court has temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow president of his duties for refusing to endorse new ministers in a political standoff. Monday's ruling to suspend President Igor Dodon's powers came after he said he wouldn't approve candidates for...

Russia blames Israel for downing of plane by Syrian forces

Sep. 23, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces, adding that Israel appeared "ungrateful" for Moscow's efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Syrian government forces mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance...

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse...

Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension ages

Sep. 22, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For yet another weekend, thousands rallied across Russia on Saturday to protest the government's plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Several thousand people attended a Moscow rally organized by the Communist Party and other leftist groups, which was...

WADA investigator says the agency got a bad deal from Russia

Sep. 21, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Canadian lawyer who investigated the state-backed doping scheme by Russia when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics said the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country's drug-testing program. Richard McLaren told The Associated Press...

Lavrov says Russia won't interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election

Sep. 21, 2018 1:07 PM EDT

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday. Sergey Lavrov said after talks with officials in Sarajevo, the...

Israel, Russia to improve Syria hotline after plane downed

Sep. 21, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military official says its "deconfliction line" with Russia for their air forces in Syria will be improved after a Russian plane was hit by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli raid. He spoke anonymously according to protocol Friday after an Israeli delegation returned from...