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Beyond World Cup: Advocates call attention to Russian abuses

Jun. 23, 2018 2:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Wrapped in national flags, jubilant fans dance at midnight in the streets of Moscow, smiling, laughing and cheering. While foreign spectators from all over the world are having a blast at the World Cup being hosted by Russia, human rights activists are urging them not to overlook the other...

The Latest: Manafort lawyers want no talk of link to Trump

Jun. 22, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on legal motions in the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort want a judge to bar any mention of Manafort's connections to the president at his Virginia...

Jailed filmmaker in Russia loses 44 pounds on hunger strike

Jun. 22, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A lawyer for a Ukrainian filmmaker who has been on hunger strike for more than a month in a Russian prison says his client has lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and is severely weak. Oleg Sentsov, a vehement opponent of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, is serving a 20-year...

Potential Manafort jurors could be asked about IRS, Ukraine

Jun. 21, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller's office want to ask potential jurors at the upcoming trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort about their views of the IRS and Ukraine, among other topics. Prosecutors submitted a request Thursday to use a 20-page jury...

Courting Putin, Trump jolts the West with a nationalist bent

Jun. 21, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump presses ahead with plans for a summer summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president is jolting relationships with some of America's longest and strongest allies. Amid concerns over Trump's apparent desire to be cozy with the Russian leader, he is pursuing...

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

Jun. 21, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there's no guarantee the trans-Atlantic partnership will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for an effort to shore up the military alliance amid the divisions between Europe...

Envoy: Filmmaker on hunger strike has heart, kidney problems

Jun. 21, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's human rights envoy said Thursday that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has heart and kidney problems after a hunger strike lasting more than a month. Lyudmila Denisova said on Facebook that she spoke to Sentsov's Russian lawyer who visited him Thursday and said that he was at...

Council of Europe asks Russia to release jailed filmmaker

Jun. 20, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Europe's human rights body is calling on Russia to release an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker who has been on hunger strike for a month. Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary of the Council of Europe, met Wednesday with Russian human rights commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova and said Oleg...

Russia defense chief: Weapons in Crimea can repel any attack

Jun. 20, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Amid tensions between Russia and the West, the Russian defense minister has warned that weapons deployed to Crimea are capable of fending off any attack. Speaking at a meeting with top military officers in Crimea, Sergei Shoigu said "the high-tech weapons systems don't leave a single chance...

US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

Jun. 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration urged Russia on Monday to release what it called a growing number of political and religious prisoners, warning that President Vladimir Putin's government was turning to "old Soviet practices" to deny rights to detainees. The condemnation came as President Donald...