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Russia said eyeing eastern Ukraine push; Kyiv targets graft

Feb. 01, 2023 17:25 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, officials said Wednesday, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive as the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion approaches. Also Wednesday, President Volodymyr...

Text of the Federal Reserve's policy statement Wednesday

Feb. 01, 2023 15:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production. Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation has eased...

Russian arms dealer, son and front firms hit with sanctions

Feb. 01, 2023 11:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian arms dealer, his son, a group of front companies across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and their leadership have been targeted for U.S. sanctions in an effort to quell Russia's access to weapons as it continues its invasion of Ukraine. Russian arms...

Latvia threatens Olympic boycott if Russians compete

Feb. 01, 2023 11:39 AM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia has threatened to boycott next year's Paris Olympics if Russian athletes are allowed to take part during the war in Ukraine and is calling on other countries to form a coalition to pressure international sports bodies. The Latvian Olympic Committee is the...

Ukraine hails French gift of radar as 'cherry on the cake'

Feb. 01, 2023 11:29 AM EST

LIMOURS, France (AP) — Ukraine's defense minister said Wednesday that Ukrainian lives will be saved by a sophisticated air-defense radar that France is supplying and which is powerful enough to spot incoming missiles and exploding drones in the skies over all of Ukraine's capital and its...

NATO chief wants more 'friends' as Russia, China move closer

Feb. 01, 2023 11:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia pose a challenge not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. ...

Putin foe Navalny says he's in solitary cell for 6 months

Feb. 01, 2023 11:10 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said in a social media post published Wednesday that prison authorities have placed him in a one-person cell for six months, a move his lawyer described as part of authorities' efforts to damage Navalny's health. ...

War's longest battle exacts high price in 'heart of Ukraine'

Feb. 01, 2023 09:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Visitors used to browse through Bakhmut’s late 19th century buildings, enjoy walks in its rose-lined lakeside park and revel in the sparkling wines produced in historic underground caves. That was when the city in eastern Ukraine was a popular tourist destination. ...

South Korea logs record trade deficit as tech demand falls

Jan. 31, 2023 23:41 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea logged its biggest monthly trade deficit ever, at $12.7 billion in January, as exports of computer chips and other high-tech items sank and costs for importing oil and gas surged, the trade ministry said Wednesday. The growing shortfall...

US accuses Russia of endangering nuclear arms control treaty

Jan. 31, 2023 16:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's refusal to allow on-the-ground inspections to resume is endangering the New START nuclear treaty and U.S.-Russian arms control overall, the Biden administration charged on Tuesday. The finding was delivered to Congress and summarized in a statement by the...