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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....

Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

Dec. 10, 2018 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel's office detailed lies they say he told them. The scheduling conference will take place Tuesday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson....

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

Dec. 10, 2018 11:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other...

EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension

Dec. 10, 2018 11:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU's top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month. Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and...

In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case 'resolved'

Dec. 10, 2018 11:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved." The information was included in a filing in the case against Maria Butina. Her lawyers and federal...

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....

Russian court convicts ex-policemen of 56 murders

Dec. 10, 2018 6:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia's eastern Siberia on Monday convicted a former policeman of murdering 56 women, bringing the number he is believed to have killed to at least 78. The court found Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, guilty of the murders between 1994 and 2000 and...

S. Korea charges 4 with illegally importing N. Korean coal

Dec. 10, 2018 5:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they have charged four people with illegally importing North Korean coal via Russia in violation of U.N. sanctions. The indictments, handed down on Friday, came four months after customs authorities accused three of the four of using...

Think tank: Russia emerges as world's No. 2 arms producer

Dec. 9, 2018 6:24 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A Swedish think tank said Monday that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute...