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Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 25, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

The Russian Defense Ministry is promising to open a safe corridor to allow foreign ships to leave Black Sea ports. A separate corridor will be open to allow ships to leave Mariupol by sailing from the port on the Sea of Azov port to the Black Sea. Mikhail Mizintsev, who heads the...

Davos updates | Soros: New tech, AI help repressive regimes

May. 24, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Billionaire investor turned philanthropist George Soros has blamed new technology for helping repressive regimes like Russia and China exert greater control. Speaking Tuesday at a dinner for journalists on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s...

Egypt promises to allow protest, push pledges as COP27 host

May. 24, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Egypt, host of the next United Nations summit on climate change, will push countries to make good on their pledges to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate “non-adversarial” talks on compensation to developing countries for global warming impacts and...

Switzerland's top lawyer seeks tools to curb financial crime

Apr. 29, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland’s new attorney general is pushing parliament to give his office more tools to fight white-collar crime. The country's maximum financial penalty on corporations for wrongdoing is just 5 million Swiss francs ($5 million), and that's...

Live updates: Zelenskyy says Ukraine ready to discuss deal

Mar. 22, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Monday he was prepared to discuss a commitment from Ukraine not to seek NATO membership in exchange for a cease-fire, the withdrawal of Russian troops and a guarantee of Ukraine’s security. “It’s a compromise...

Live updates: 20 babies from surrogate moms in bomb shelter

Mar. 20, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- In peacetime, Ukraine has a thriving surrogate industry, one of the few countries where foreigners can get Ukrainian women to carry their pregnancies. Now at least 20 of those babies are stuck in a makeshift bomb shelter in Ukraine’s capital, waiting for parents to travel into...

Live updates: Zelenskyy says 9,000 leave besieged Mariupol

Mar. 18, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces are blockading Ukraine's largest cities to create a “humanitarian catastrophe” with the aim of persuading Ukrainians to cooperate with them. He says Russians are preventing supplies from reaching...

Live updates: Official: Artillery kills 70 Ukraine soldiers

Feb. 28, 2022 22:59 PM EST

The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war: KYIV, Ukraine—More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the head of the region wrote on Telegram. Dmytro Zhyvytskyy posted...

Sanctions vs. neutrality: Swiss fine-tune response to Russia

Feb. 27, 2022 03:40 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put Switzerland’s much-vaunted neutrality to the test — and along with it, the country's traditional role as international intermediary and reputation as a safe haven for the assets of Russia's richest and most powerful. The...

Live updates: ICRC asked to repatriate bodies of soldiers

Feb. 26, 2022 23:40 PM EST

The latest on the Russia's invasion of Ukraine: UNITED NATIONS -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is aware of requests by Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador and others to repatriate the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in action in Ukraine but has no numbers. ...