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How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 07:06 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

For many Ukrainians, life is split in two: Before and after the war. This is one family's story

Feb. 21, 2024 00:16 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kateryna Dmytryk had been waiting for this moment for almost two years — nearly all of her young son’s life. Side by side, they ran, 2-year-old Timur leading the way as snow crunched beneath their feet. A slender, pale man made his way to the pair from the...

Live updates | Israeli strikes across Gaza kill 67 Palestinians overnight

Feb. 21, 2024 07:01 AM EST

Israeli strikes across Gaza killed at least 67 Palestinians overnight and into Wednesday, including in areas where civilians have been told to seek refuge. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah says it received 44 bodies after multiple strikes in central Gaza. Associated...

Iran accuses Israel of sabotage attack that saw explosions strike natural gas pipeline

Feb. 21, 2024 03:17 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli sabotage attack on an Iranian natural gas pipeline caused the multiple explosions that struck it a week ago, Iran's oil minister alleged Wednesday, further raising tensions between the regional archenemies amid Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip....

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Feb. 20, 2024 21:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with Russian intelligence-affiliated officials, prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors...

Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin's top rival

Feb. 20, 2024 23:04 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comparing his criminal indictments to the circumstances of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the top political opponent of Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin who died in a remote arctic prison after being jailed by the Kremlin...

2 men are charged with murder in the deadly shooting at Kansas City's Super Bowl celebration

Feb. 20, 2024 18:43 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two men charged with murder in last week's shooting after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade were strangers who pulled out guns and began firing within seconds of starting an argument, according to court documents released Tuesday. Missouri...

Lawyers for the US tell a UK court why WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange should face spying charges

Feb. 21, 2024 06:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the American government argued on Wednesday before a London court why they think Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States, in response to a last-ditch bid by his defense to stop the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder. Assange’s...

Robots and happy workers: Productivity surge helps explain US economy's surprising resilience

Feb. 21, 2024 06:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year. It wasn't easy. Attracting factory workers to a community of 7,300 in the Indiana countryside was a tough sell, especially having to compete with big-name manufacturers...

A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon be available widely

Feb. 21, 2024 06:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives. She was willing to try...

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UK sanctions people leading penal colony where Russian opposition leader Navalny died

Feb. 21, 2024 07:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain has issued sanctions against six people who led the penal colony where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died last week, the U.K. Foreign Office said Wednesday. The six prison officials, who were sanctioned under U.K. human rights regulations, include...

More than $400 million needed for western Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says

Feb. 21, 2024 07:15 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than $400 million is needed for western Afghanistan to recover and rebuild after a devastating earthquake last October that killed around 2,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday. The magnitude 6.3 quake on Oct. 7, one of the most destructive in the...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 21, 2024 07:15 AM EST

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News and Observer. February 14, 2024. Editorial: Thom Tillis defies Trump, tells colleagues to ‘grow a spine’ on Ukraine Last week we wrote about Sen. Thom Tillis and his disappointing decision to withhold support for the bipartisan...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 21, 2024 07:14 AM EST

Miami Herald. February 19, 2024. Editorial: Florida anti-free speech bill targets ‘liberal media’ but guess who’s really mad at it? There are no lessons learned in the Florida Legislature. Last year, lawmakers, prodded by their hostility toward...

Indians living along the border with strife-torn Myanmar protest restrictions on movement

Feb. 21, 2024 07:08 AM EST

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Hundreds of people living in a remote northeastern Indian state bordering strife-torn Myanmar on Wednesday protested the Indian government’s decision to scrap a limited free border movement between the countries. India and Myanmar until now had allowed...

How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 07:06 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

Live updates | Israeli strikes across Gaza kill 67 Palestinians overnight

Feb. 21, 2024 07:01 AM EST

Israeli strikes across Gaza killed at least 67 Palestinians overnight and into Wednesday, including in areas where civilians have been told to seek refuge. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah says it received 44 bodies after multiple strikes in central Gaza. Associated...

Warnings of the impact of fertility treatments in Alabama rush in after frozen embryo ruling

Feb. 21, 2024 06:57 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a decision critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatment in the state. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases...

Striking workers again close down the Eiffel Tower ahead of its starring role in the Paris Olympics

Feb. 21, 2024 06:56 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Striking workers again closed down the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday, the third day running that the landmark expected to be at the heart of celebrations for the Paris Olympics has been off-limits to visitors. A message on the tower's website also warned of more possible...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary

Feb. 21, 2024 06:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Nikki Haley will face off Saturday in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary, the first head-to-head matchup for the last two remaining major candidates since the New Hampshire primary a month ago. The contest takes...