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Lukashenko assails EU for refusing to hold talks on migrants

Nov. 22, 2021 13:40 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus on Monday sharply criticized the European Union for its refusal to hold talks on the influx of migrants on the country's border with Poland. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko urged Germany to accommodate about...

Macron, Putin discuss deescalating Belarus border tensions

Nov. 15, 2021 16:31 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin talked on the phone Monday about the need for de-escalating the tensions around the growing migrant pressure on the European Union's borders with Belarus, Marcon's office said. In the...

NATO chief wary of Russian military moves near Ukraine

Nov. 15, 2021 15:19 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Monday to be more transparent about its military activities near Ukraine but he stopped short of suggesting that Moscow might be preparing to invade its former Soviet neighbor. Ukraine claims that...

Poland's far right demands strong borders in Belarus crisis

Nov. 11, 2021 20:35 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands marched in Warsaw on Thursday to mark Poland’s Independence Day, led by far-right groups calling for strong borders, while its troops blocked hundreds of new attempts by migrants to enter the country illegally from neighboring Belarus in a tense standoff. ...

Russia suspends its mission at NATO, shuts alliance's office

Oct. 18, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday suspended its mission at NATO and ordered the closure of the alliance's office in Moscow in retaliation for NATO's expulsion of Russian diplomats. Earlier this month, NATO withdrew the accreditation of eight Russian officials to its...

Reaction to Colin Powell's death from US and world figures

Oct. 18, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World figures are reacting to the death of Colin Powell, a Vietnam War veteran who rose to the rank of four-star general and became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then secretary of state. Powell died Monday of COVID-19 complications at age 84. ...

'He lied': Iraqis still blame Powell for role in Iraq war

Oct. 18, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — For many Iraqis, the name Colin Powell conjures up one image: the man who as U.S. secretary of state went before the U.N. Security Council in 2003 to make the case for war against their country. Word of his death Monday at age 84 dredged up feelings of...

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

Oct. 18, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers looked at ways on Monday to stop the illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia. The EU has accused the government of...

German minister faults airlines on Belarus migrant arrivals

Oct. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says airlines that fly would-be migrants to the European Union to Belarus should ask themselves whether they want to be part of a “smuggling ring” run by the country's authoritarian leader. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas'...

Hungary comes to Poland's defense over EU court ruling

Oct. 09, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government resolution Saturday welcoming a Polish constitutional court ruling that challenges the primacy of European Union law, and accusing EU institutions of overextending their powers. In the...