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Belarus foreign minister blames NATO, West for Ukraine war

Sep. 24, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In the eyes of Belarus' foreign minister, the root cause of the war in Ukraine dates back 30 years ago to the end of the Cold War. At that time, there was no official treaty — just a “gentlemen’s agreement” that opened a path for the West to secure its...

Belarus opposition says fate of country, Ukraine intertwined

Sep. 24, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The fate of Belarus and Ukraine are “interconnected,” and both countries must fight together to safeguard their very existence because Russia doesn’t view them as independent sovereign states, Belarus' opposition leader said Friday. Sviatlana...

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...

UN rights experts present evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A team of experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body to look into rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country following Russia’s invasion nearly seven months ago. The experts from...

UN votes to allow Ukraine's Zelenskyy to give virtual speech

Sep. 16, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted Friday to allow Ukraine’s president to deliver a pre-recorded address to next week’s gathering of world leaders because of his need to deal with Russia’s invasion, making an exception to its requirement that all leaders speak in person....

EU protest brief detention of diplomat in Belarus

Sep. 08, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign affairs office said Thursday that a diplomat was briefly detained by Belarusian authorities early in the week and it has lodged a strong diplomatic protest for what it claims was the second such incident. EU spokesman Peter Stano said...

Swiatek tops Pegula; faces Sabalenka in US Open semifinals

Sep. 07, 2022 23:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iga Swiatek dropped four points in a row in her U.S. Open quarterfinal against Jessica Pegula by missing shots, some wildly. So with Pegula up by a break at 3-2 and serving at 30-love, Swiatek walked over to the sideline in the middle of a game to swap out her white racket for...

No. 5 seeds Ruud, Jabeur to play in US Open quarterfinals

Sep. 06, 2022 02:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY Both No. 5 seeds headline the first day of quarterfinal play at the U.S. Open. On the men's side, Casper Ruud of Norway plays No. 13 Matteo Berrettini of Italy at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Ruud is the French Open runner-up and Berrettini was...

No handshake after Ukraine, Belarus players meet at US Open

Sep. 01, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Ukrainian player declined to shake hands with Victoria Azarenka after the three-time U.S. Open runner-up from Belarus beat her at Flushing Meadows on Thursday. Marta Kostyuk waited at the net with her racket held up, which Azarenka tapped with her racket following...

It's back to school in Ukraine — but far from normal

Sep. 01, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

MYKHAILO-KOTSYUBYNSKE, Ukraine (AP) — It was the first day of school in Ukraine on Thursday but children weren't sharing memories of fun vacations with their families. Their stories were of surviving war. For many, their last day of school was the day before the Feb. 24 Russian invasion of their...