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Israeli brass to brief Russian military on Hezbollah tunnels

Dec. 10, 2018 1:32 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Israeli military officers are flying to Moscow to update their Russian counterparts about an operation launched last week to "expose and thwart" Hezbollah tunnels burrowed under Israel's border with Lebanon. The Israeli military issued a statement Monday saying the officers would...

Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Dec. 10, 2018 1:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. Russia's Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) flight....

Moldova election campaign starts, some fear Russia influence

Dec. 10, 2018 7:52 AM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's parliamentary election campaign began Monday amid concerns that Russia is seeking to influence the results in the former Soviet republic. Citizens will vote on Feb. 24 ballot for the 101-seat legislature that is currently controlled by a broadly pro-European coalition....

Analysis: Russia probe threatens Trump, those in his orbit

Dec. 9, 2018 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The more that special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors reveal, the darker grow the legal clouds over President Donald Trump. Trump's own Justice Department has now implicated him in a crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his 2016...

Russia's most famous human rights activist dies at 91

Dec. 8, 2018 3:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91. "She remained a human...

Early Russian outreach to Trump campaign detailed by Mueller

Dec. 8, 2018 7:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key pieces of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation appear to be falling into place. In three court filings Friday, prosecutors for the first time connected President Donald Trump to a crime involving hush money payments to a porn actress. They revealed new details about...

Russian rappers, artists still rebel despite govt crackdown

Dec. 7, 2018 3:09 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the Russian "dark rave" duo Nastya Kreslina and Nikolay Kostylev stepped off the train for their gig in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, the police were waiting on the frozen platform. They were asked for their passports, Kostylev was handcuffed and they were whisked away to the local...

US envoy for Afghanistan holds talks in Moscow with Russians

Dec. 7, 2018 12:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has hosted a U.S. special envoy for talks on Afghanistan. The ministry said the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met Friday with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and a presidential envoy for...

US loses to Russia in case of 2 arms trafficking suspects

Dec. 7, 2018 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged in an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found an American lawyer anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial in New York. But then the case took an unexpected turn. ...

Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon

Dec. 7, 2018 8:27 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago. The announcement sets up another possible flashpoint in the long-simmering conflict between Russia and...