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Putin promises social spending boost in annual call-in show

Jun. 20, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is promising to boost spending on social programs as part of the government's modernization efforts. Speaking in an annual live call-in show Thursday, Putin faced an array of complaints about low wages and pensions. Putin responded by spelling out plans to boost...

Malaysia: 'No proof' of Russian involvement in MH17 downing

Jun. 20, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday rejected the implication that Russia may have been involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, after international prosecutors charged with murder four men — three of them Russians with military...

4 charged in downing of Malaysian airliner over Ukraine

Jun. 19, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — International prosecutors announced murder charges Wednesday against four men — three of them Russians with military or intelligence backgrounds — in the missile attack that blew a Malaysia Airlines jet out of the sky over Ukraine five years ago, killing all 298...

Russia moves closer to pulling out of arms treaty with US

Jun. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has moved closer to suspending its participation in a key nuclear arms treaty. The State Duma on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to support President Vladimir Putin's decree to suspend Russia's obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with the United States. The...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia say it intercepted 2 Houthi drones

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 7 a.m. A Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom has intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Col. Turki al-Maliki made...

British air force jets in Estonia intercept Russian jets

Jun. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Air Force said Monday that two of its jets deployed in Estonia have been scrambled twice in recent days to intercept Russian aircraft. The RAF said the incidents brought the number of intercepts of Russian planes to eight since taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission in...

Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

Jun. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an...

Moldova's new PM vows to boost EU ties, bring justice

Jun. 15, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's new prime minister vowed Saturday to advance relations with the European Union and bring to justice all those responsible for abuse of power, including the most powerful oligarch in the ex-Soviet republic. Maia Sandu spoke after the first formal meeting of her coalition...

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

Turkey to retaliate against any US sanctions over S-400 deal

Jun. 14, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says his country will retaliate against any possible U.S. sanctions over its deal with Russia for the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system. Defending Ankara's purchase, Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run Anadolu Agency on Friday that Turkey can choose...