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Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

Apr. 19, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko has held the office for nearly five years — while Zelenskiy has...

In Ukrainian candidate's hometown, a cry for change

Apr. 19, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

KRYVYI RIH, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of this grim industrial city in eastern Ukraine say they are exhausted by a daily battle for survival amid low wages and soaring bills. Many of them believe a native son — a comedian with no political experience — is just the person to lift them out of...

Presidents of Russia, Estonia meet after nearly a decade

Apr. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Estonia held talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade Thursday, a step toward reversing an absence of high-level contacts that Russian President Vladimir Putin described as "not a normal situation." In his opening remarks, Putin told Estonian...

Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support

Apr. 18, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's justice minister says he is resigning after losing the support of the governing Social Democratic Party. Tudorel Toader says in a statement Thursday he decided to present his resignation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila despite declaring hours earlier that he would stay...

Ukraine's presidential candidate pledges NATO referendum

Apr. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The comedian who is odds-on favorite in Ukraine's presidential election promised Thursday to hold a nationwide referendum on joining NATO only after building a national consensus on the issue. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comic actor who's leading in the polls far ahead of President...

Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV

Apr. 18, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation's top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win. Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy's...

Google: Android users get browser, search options in EU case

Apr. 18, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling. Following an Android update, users will be shown two new screens giving them the new...

Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

Apr. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly. Projections released Thursday suggest the center-right European...

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

Apr. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the...

The Latest: US sanctions on Venezuelan bank aimed at Maduro

Apr. 17, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's position on Cuba (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. says it's imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Venezuela. The Trump administration says the bank has been instrumental in propping up the government of Venezuela's president, Nicolas...