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Biden to speak with NATO allies on Ukraine before Putin call

Dec. 06, 2021 13:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to consult by phone with European allies on Monday about Russia's troop buildup on the Ukraine border, one day ahead of Biden's highly anticipated video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officials from other leading NATO...

Polish prime minister defends meeting of European populists

Dec. 06, 2021 12:23 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday defended a recent meeting of European populist leaders by saying Poland is seeking allies in its challenge of what he called a “centralized Europe.” Morawiecki was reacting to criticism of the meeting...

Ukraine president hails military as Russia tensions soar

Dec. 06, 2021 11:31 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Monday hailed the country's military, saying its forces are capable of fending off a potential attack by Moscow as tensions soar over a Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that the...

India hosts Putin as it balances ties with Russia, US

Dec. 06, 2021 11:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss defense and trade relations as India attempts to balance its ties with the United States. The agenda for the annual summit included political and defense issues,...

Belarus bans Western imports, airlines from EU and UK

Dec. 06, 2021 10:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Monday announced retaliatory restrictions on airlines from the European Union and the U.K., as well as a ban on imports of Western goods from countries that have introduced sanctions against the former Soviet nation. The import ban comes in response...

Pope: New meeting with Russian Orthodox patriarch possible

Dec. 06, 2021 10:19 AM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Monday there were plans for a possible second meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, after their historic 2016 encounter in Cuba became a landmark in mending relations severed by the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity. ...

Report says Russian hackers haven't eased spying efforts

Dec. 06, 2021 10:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The elite Russian state hackers behind last year's massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign hardly eased up this year, managing plenty of infiltrations of U.S. and allied government agencies and foreign policy think tanks with consummate craft and stealth, a leading...

Croatia confirms first 2 cases of omicron variant in country

Dec. 06, 2021 09:41 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia on Monday confirmed the first two cases of the new omicron variant in the European Union country. Health authorities said they are trying to establish the source of infection as the two people had not traveled abroad. They most likely got...

Slovenia police say man from Bangladesh found dead on border

Dec. 06, 2021 08:51 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Police in Slovenia said Monday that a body of a man from Bangladesh has been found near the border with Croatia — an area where migrants cross the border illegally while trying to reach Western Europe. The 31-year-old man’s body has been...

Taiwan, Slovakia hold talks as island firms ties with Europe

Dec. 06, 2021 07:37 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Senior officials from the Slovak Republic are in Taiwan for talks on deepening ties with the island in the highest-level visit by the EU-member country since it opened a representative office in Taiwan in 2003. The visit by the delegation, which...