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Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Russian opposition figure re-arrested upon jail release

Aug. 18, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure has been detained by police immediately after leaving a jail where he had served two sentences connected to protests in Moscow. Ilya Yashin is one of the independent and opposition politicians who were denied a place on the Sept. 8 ballot for Moscow's...

Barty upset in Cincy semifinal; Djokovic also knocked out

Aug. 17, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Ashleigh Barty's chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. At the end of an up-and-down week, she didn't have another comeback left. Neither did Novak Djokovic, who came away with yet another disappointment in Cincinnati. Barty lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 in the...

Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...

Rally, pickets call for fair Moscow elections

Aug. 17, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 4,000 people have held a rally in Moscow to demand fairness in upcoming city council elections, and solo pickets protesting the exclusion of some opposition and independent candidates are taking place at prominent monuments. The actions Saturday have been much smaller and less heated...

German shipping firm: 8 crew seized by pirates off Cameroon

Aug. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German shipping company says pirates have abducted eight crew members from one of its vessels off the coast of West Africa. Shipping company MC-Schiffahrt said on its website that pirates attacked the MarMalaita late Wednesday while it was anchored off Douala, Cameroon. The Hamburg-based...

Airstrike in Syria rebel area kills 13, including children

Aug. 16, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Russian airstrike hit a displaced people's gathering in a town in Syria's last rebel enclave Friday, killing at least 13, including a number of children, activists and a war monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike, suspected to have been...

Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

Aug. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist. This summer's wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia's opposition movement. Her name...

CNN's Ward says intimidation effort made on Russia story

Aug. 16, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Clarissa Ward says her story this week about Russian involvement in the Central African Republic came with a price: she was trailed during her reporting and made the subject of a 15-minute propaganda video denigrating her work. Ward said she was shaken by the experience but it...

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

Aug. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday. Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from...