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Russia's revenue falls sharply in January from year earlier

Feb. 06, 2023 12:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's finance ministry said Monday that budget revenue in January was 35% lower compared with the same month in 2022, the last month before Russia sent troops into Ukraine. The ministry also said the budget deficit for January was 1.77 trillion rubles ($23.9...

French parliament debates Macron's divisive pension bill

Feb. 06, 2023 11:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament on Monday started debating a fiercely contested pension bill that’s triggered recent strikes and large street demonstrations, with more protests set to come this week. The lower house, the National Assembly, began debating the plans that would...

Aid, rescuers rushed to Turkey, Syria after deadly quake

Feb. 06, 2023 11:35 AM EST

Countries have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in quake-stricken areas of Turkey and Syria. Here's a glance at what's being provided so far: — The European Union has mobilized search and rescue teams to help Turkey, while the 27-nation bloc's...

Russia sentences popular cookbook author over Ukraine posts

Feb. 06, 2023 10:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a popular cookbook author and blogger to nine years in prison after convicting her in absentia of spreading false information about the country’s military. The trial was part of the Kremlin’s sweeping, months-long crackdown on dissent. ...

'Loophole' excuses WHO officials accused of misconduct

Feb. 06, 2023 10:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A confidential U.N. report into alleged missteps by senior World Health Organization staffers in the way they handled a sexual misconduct case during an Ebola outbreak in Congo found their response didn't violate the agency’s policies because of what some officials described as a...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 06, 2023 10:31 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...

Russian forces keep up pressure as Ukraine anniversary nears

Feb. 06, 2023 10:31 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces are keeping Ukrainian troops tied down with attacks in the eastern Donbas region as Moscow assembles additional combat power there for an expected offensive in the coming weeks, Ukrainian officials said Monday. Intense fighting that has been...

Spiritual advisers offering final comfort in execution rooms

Feb. 06, 2023 10:08 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For decades, Missouri executions played out in similar fashion: An inmate was strapped to a gurney in a drab room, alone except for the eyes of witnesses staring through thick, soundproof glass as unidentified executioners administered the lethal chemical from behind a...

What to Watch: New political vibes this State of the Union

Feb. 06, 2023 10:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look for new faces and fresh political dynamics as President Joe Biden delivers this year's State of the Union address, coupled with attention to some old problems brought back into painful focus by recent events. The president on Tuesday night will stand before a...

Resuming Medicaid case checks confronts 3.6M in Pennsylvania

Feb. 06, 2023 10:02 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government's pandemic-era prohibition against kicking people off Medicaid is ending, meaning that hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania face losing the free health insurance in the coming year. Many people who stand to lose Medicaid...