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Austin pledges military training, support for Baltics

Aug. 10, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The U.S. will conduct more military exercises with Baltic nations such as Latvia, and look to provide increased training, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Wednesday, saying the U.S. may bring in additional troops from America if needed to bolster the region against any...

Russians buy last goods from H&M, IKEA as stores wind down

Aug. 10, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians are snapping up Western fashion and furniture this week as H&M and IKEA sell off the last of their inventory in Russia, moving forward with their exit from the country after it sent troops into Ukraine. Sweden-based H&M and Netherlands-based IKEA had...

Russia curtails oil shipments to central Europe

Aug. 09, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

Several countries in Europe dependent on Russian energy suffered another blow with confirmation Tuesday that oil shipments have stopped through a critical pipeline. Russian state pipeline operator Transneft said it halted shipments through the southern branch of the Druzhba oil...

Russian tennis players collect 3 titles at US Open tuneups

Aug. 08, 2022 03:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was quite a week for Russia’s professional tennis players — four tournaments, three titles. One of them, Liudmila Samsonova, thinks it might not be merely a coincidence that this recent run of success for her, Daria Kasatkina and Daniil Medvedev comes...

Poland sees rise of African migrants coming through Russia

Aug. 04, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials on Thursday reported a change in migration patterns across the country’s border with Belarus, with Africans who first traveled to Russia making up most of those seeking to enter Poland illegally by that route instead of people from the Mideast. ...

Poland summons Belarus diplomat over jailing of journalist

Aug. 04, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish foreign ministry on Thursday summoned the Belarusian charge d’affaires to express its concerns after a journalist who had worked for Polish media was sentenced to five years in prison by a court in Belarus. Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina said...

Belarus court gives another journalist a lengthy prison term

Aug. 03, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

TALINN, Estonia (AP) — A court in Belarus on Wednesday sentenced yet another independent journalist to a lengthy prison term, part of a continued government crackdown on opposition activists, critical media outlets and independent reporters. Iryna Slaunikava, 52-year-old...

UN resolution recognizes right to clean, healthy environment

Jul. 28, 2022 22:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday recognizing the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a vote Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called “historic.” The vote in the 193-member world body was 161-0 with...

Report: double standard for non-Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Jul. 28, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — While Poland has welcomed millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war, third-country nationals fleeing the same conflict are not getting the same assistance, the U.N. special expert on migrants’ rights said Thursday. Those affected include permanent...

Russia eyes 2024 Paris Olympics despite sports bans

Jul. 26, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With two years to go until the Paris Olympics open, Russia is making plans for its athletes to live and compete in the French capital even though many remain barred from upcoming qualification events because of the war in Ukraine. Russian Olympic Committee president...