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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...

Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program

Apr. 9, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet. Speaking at the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg attended by...

The Latest: UN Security Council urges de-escalation in Libya

Apr. 5, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The latest on developments in Libya (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Saturday The U.N. Security Council is calling on the forces of Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter to halt all military movements and urging all forces in Libya "to de-escalate and halt military activity." The U.N.'s...

Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region

Apr. 4, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia (AP) — Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region. The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for...

Putin says Russia helped locate Israeli soldier's remains

Apr. 4, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin told Israel's visiting prime minister on Thursday that the Russian military helped locate the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 with Syrian assistance, while Damascus denied any knowledge of the matter. The recovery of Zachary Baumel's remains closed a...

Blast at Russian elite military academy wounds 4

Apr. 2, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Officials in Russia say an explosion inside an elite military academy in the country's second-largest city has wounded four people. An unidentified explosive device went off early Tuesday afternoon inside the prestigious Mozhaisky Academy in St. Petersburg, which trains...

US condemns Russia troop deployment to troubled Venezuela

Mar. 29, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday condemned Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro for what it said was his reliance on foreign military personnel to stay in power and renewed a warning to Russia against getting involved. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton along...

Russia says troop deployment to Venezuela fully legitimate

Mar. 27, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scoffed at the U.S. demand to withdraw its military personnel from Venezuela, saying that their presence in the country is fully legitimate. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement late Tuesday that the presence of Russian military personnel in...

Lithuania convicts ex-USSR defense minister of war crimes

Mar. 27, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court on Wednesday found the Soviet Union's last defense minister guilty of war crimes for his role in a violent crackdown on the Baltic country's independence move 28 years ago. The Vilnius Regional Court sentenced 94-year-old Dmitry Yazov in absentia to 10 years in...

Large new blackouts strike Venezuelan capital, provinces

Mar. 25, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A new power outage spread across much of Venezuela on Monday, knocking communications offline and stirring fears of a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation's largest-ever blackout. The outage began shortly after 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and appeared to have affected...