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Russia to cut Finland's natural gas in latest energy clash

May. 20, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia will cut off natural gas to Finland after the Nordic country that applied for NATO membership this week refused President Vladimir Putin's demand to pay in rubles, the Finnish state-owned energy company said Friday, the latest escalation over European energy amid...

Live updates | Brink confirmed as US ambassador to Ukraine.

May. 18, 2022 22:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to return American diplomats to Kyiv during the nation’s continuing battle against the Russian invasion. The veteran foreign service officer, who has...

Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger

May. 18, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief said Wednesday he is in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have...

4 EU nations to harness North Sea wind for green transition

May. 18, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European Union countries plan to speed up the continent’s green transition and help wean it off Russian energy imports through a large new project to build wind farms in the North Sea, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday. She...

Davos returns from pandemic with Ukraine, climate in mind

May. 18, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After a nearly 2-1/2-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Swiss town of Davos is set to again host global elites from business, government and activist groups for the World Economic Forum. Russia’s war in Ukraine and climate change worries are...

EU urges members to work together to renew weapons stocks

May. 18, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged member countries to quickly replenish their depleted stocks of ammunition and military equipment, and offered financial incentives to those willing to work together to replace materiel sent to Ukraine. Many of the EU’s 27...

EU rushes out $300 billion roadmap to ditch Russian energy

May. 18, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm moved Wednesday to jump-start plans for the 27-nation bloc to abandon Russian energy amid the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine, proposing a nearly 300 billion-euro ($315 billion) package that includes more efficient use of fuels and faster rollout of...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 16, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has been rocked by number of very loud explosions. An Associated Press team in the city witnessed the glare of bright explosions which lit up the night sky to the west of the city shortly after midnight local time. Witnesses...

EU's Russia sanctions effort slows over oil dependency

May. 16, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s efforts to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine appeared to bog down on Monday, as a small group of countries continued to oppose a ban on Russian oil imports. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the...

EU cuts forecast for economic growth as war's fallout widens

May. 16, 2022 09:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has slashed its forecasts for economic growth in the 27-nation bloc amid the prospect of a drawn-out Russian war in Ukraine and disruptions to energy supplies. The EU’s gross domestic product will expand 2.7% this year and 2.3% in 2023, the...