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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...

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Sep. 21, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union...

Ukraine pushes ahead with plans to secure NATO membership

Sep. 20, 2018 7:17 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's president says the country needs to amend its constitution to make NATO membership its long-term goal. President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukrainians are finally convinced of the benefits of the alliance with NATO and said the Ukrainian army will meet the criteria...

Region in Ukraine's west bans Russian-language books, movies

Sep. 19, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A regional council in western Ukraine has passed a motion to ban all Russian-language books, films and songs in the region. The legislature in the Lviv region voted on Wednesday to "impose a moratorium on the public broadcast and use of Russian-language content" until Russia withdraws...

UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

Sep. 19, 2018 8:10 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The United Nations says the number of civilian casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surged in the past three months. Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. Hostilities have subsided since...

Orthodox envoys meet with Ukraine's president

Sep. 17, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has met with two envoys dispatched by the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians to prepare for establishing a Ukrainian church that is ecclesiastically independent from the Russian Orthodox Church. The prospect of an autocephalous church in Ukraine has...

Russia: Missile that shot down flight MH17 was Ukrainian

Sep. 17, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said on Monday that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board, came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia. The jet was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July 2014, about...

Manafort plea deal raises key question: What does he know?

Sep. 15, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Trump associates folded one by one over the last year under the pressure of federal investigators, there was always Paul Manafort. Until suddenly there wasn't. Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who for months stood resolute in his innocence and determined to fight charge upon...

Envoy: US willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine

Sep. 15, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country, whose army is fighting with Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east. U.S. President Donald Trump this year reversed the Obama administration's refusal...