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Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent's main human rights body despite its 2014 annexation of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine. Foreign ministers from the council's 47 member states voted overwhelmingly to support a...

At odds on many fronts, US and Russia hope for better ties

May. 14, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion deepened by Russian meddling in American elections. With tensions running high over Iran, Syria, Ukraine and...

Activists at Venezuelan embassy in US ignore warning

May. 14, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several activists ignored a trespassing warning and remained holed up in Venezuela's embassy in the United States on Tuesday, highlighting a dispute over who is the legitimate leader of the South American nation. The activists, who consider socialist Nicolás Maduro to be the...

The Latest: Kremlin open to any format for Trump meeting

May. 14, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser says the Kremlin is prepared to agree to any format for a meeting of Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. Yuri Ushakov made the...

Arms control a top issue at Russia-US talks Tuesday in Sochi

May. 14, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are sitting down for talks and then having a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A look at the top...

EU calls for calm, warns US-Iran of conflict 'by accident'

May. 13, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European foreign ministers urged the United States and Iran to show restraint Monday amid fears of tensions tipping them easily into armed conflict, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed his counterparts on the threats Washington sees emanating from the Islamic republic. The foreign...

China 'has no interest' in joining US-Russia nuclear deal

May. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country isn't interested in negotiating a nuclear arms control treaty with the United States and Russia. Wang was in Russia's Sochi for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, a day before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is...

Correction: Pompeo story

May. 13, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 12 about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with European officials to discuss Iran, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he had canceled a stop in Berlin to fly to Iran. He flew to Iraq, not Iran. A corrected version of the story is below: Pompeo skips Moscow...

Arms control, Venezuela, Iran high on Pompeo's Russia agenda

May. 10, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over the crisis in Venezuela and the Trump administration's hardline policy on Iran, the State Department said Friday. Pompeo's meeting with Putin and...

UN says more displaced likely if Syria violence mounts

May. 10, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. food agency warned Friday of a worsening humanitarian situation in Syria's last rebel stronghold in the country's northwest as rebel groups battled government forces to regain territory they lost earlier this week. The latest wave of fighting, which began 10 days ago, is the most...