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Olympian Aaron Blunck finds peace after scary halfpipe crash

Jan. 22, 2022 13:16 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Six ribs were broken. His pelvis fractured. Kidney lacerated. Heart bruised. Freestyle skier Aaron Blunck didn't know if he would make it — “Don't let me die,” he told his coach at the bottom of the halfpipe — after bashing into the lip of the pipe 15...

US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Jan. 21, 2022 22:08 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv. ...

In 3-week isolation, unvaccinated athlete waits for Olympics

Jan. 21, 2022 13:23 PM EST

Three weeks alone in a hotel room is hardly an ideal setting for a snowboarder preparing for the Olympics. Patrizia Kummer, a Swiss athlete who won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is unvaccinated against the coronavirus, so she is spending 21 days in isolation in China...

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

Jan. 21, 2022 12:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Government and business leaders have urged cooperation on the world's biggest issues — climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery — at the World Economic Forum's virtual gathering. Speeches and discussions from the likes of Chinese...

Biden issues new warning to Russia over invading Ukraine

Jan. 20, 2022 21:15 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for such an action. It was the latest White House effort to clear up comments Biden made a day...

Tina Turner, husband snap up vast $76M estate on Lake Zurich

Jan. 20, 2022 11:34 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Rock ‘n’ roll icon Tina Turner and her husband have reportedly bought a 70-million-Swiss-franc ($76 million) estate with 10 buildings, pond, stream, swimming pool and boat dock on Lake Zurich. The 82-year-old star’s husband, Erwin Bach, was quoted in daily...

Biden predicts Russia will invade Ukraine, warns Putin

Jan. 19, 2022 21:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine and warned President Vladimir Putin that his country would pay a “dear price” in lives lost and a possible cutoff from the global banking system if it does. Biden, speaking at a news...

Red Cross: Hack exposes data on 515,000 vulnerable people

Jan. 19, 2022 19:24 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is best known for helping war victims, says hackers broke into servers hosting its data and gained access to personal, confidential information on more than a half-million vulnerable people. The Geneva-based agency...

Russia says it will take nothing less but NATO expansion ban

Jan. 19, 2022 12:15 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia maintained a tough posture Wednesday amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister...

Blinken to meet with senior Russian as Ukraine tensions soar

Jan. 18, 2022 20:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his Russian counterpart in Switzerland this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, the State Department said Tuesday. The State Department said Blinken...