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EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes

Nov. 30, 2022 16:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed Wednesday to set up a U.N.-backed court to investigate possible war crimes Russia committed in Ukraine, and to use frozen Russian assets to rebuild the war-torn country. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a video...

NATO allies vow to back Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia

Nov. 30, 2022 14:18 PM EST

BUCHAREST (AP) — Apart from Ukraine, Moldova has been hit hardest by Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, the Moldovan foreign minister said Wednesday, as NATO offered fresh support to three countries shaken by the effects of Moscow’s 10-month-old war. Nicu Popescu told The...

Russian upper house Duma passes LGBTQ 'propaganda' bill

Nov. 30, 2022 12:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The upper house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill significantly expanding restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown on the country’s embattled LGBTQ community. The...

Zambian killed in Ukraine was employed as Russian mercenary

Nov. 30, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Zambian student who had been serving a prison sentence in Russia and died fighting alongside Russian troops in Ukraine had been employed by Russian mercenary group Wagner, its leader said. Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin said on the Russian social media app...

Ukraine welcomes arms offers, no word on Patriot missiles

Nov. 30, 2022 09:32 AM EST

BUCHAREST (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday condemned Russia’s weeks-long assault on Ukraine’s power grid and other infrastructure as an attempt to “freeze and starve” its people, with the war-torn country's foreign minister renewing a call for advanced missile...

Russian, Chinese bombers fly joint patrols over Pacific

Nov. 30, 2022 09:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Chinese strategic bombers on Wednesday flew a joint patrol over the western Pacific in a show of increasingly close defense ties between the two countries. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tu-95 bombers of the Russian air force and the Chinese...

Finland says it must ensure Ukraine wins war against Russia

Nov. 29, 2022 20:15 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Finland's leader says it must give more weapons and support to Ukraine to ensure it wins its war against Russia. Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the comments Wednesday in Auckland on the first-ever visit by a Finnish prime minister to New Zealand and...

Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid

Nov. 29, 2022 17:21 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An uneasy calm hung over Kyiv on Tuesday as residents of the Ukrainian capital prepared for Russian missile attacks aiming to take out more energy infrastructure as winter approaches. To ease the hardships and ensure Ukraine’s 43 million people can maintain...

NATO renews membership vow to Ukraine, pledges arms and aid

Nov. 29, 2022 15:45 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — NATO doubled down Tuesday on its commitment to one day include Ukraine, a pledge that some officials and analysts believe helped prompt Russia's invasion this year. The world’s largest security alliance also pledged to send more aid to Ukrainian forces locked in battle...

China ready for 'closer partnership' with Russia in energy

Nov. 29, 2022 09:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is ready to “forge closer partnership” with Russia in energy, a state news agency quoted President Xi Jinping as saying in a letter Tuesday, potentially expanding ties that irk Washington by helping the Kremlin resist sanctions over its war on Ukraine. The...