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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wears a face mask during a joint press conference as part of a meeting with the Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Czech Republic at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe. Slovenia, Austria and Poland are the other stations of the trip. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, Pool)

Pompeo urges Europe's young democracies to embrace freedoms

Aug. 12, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called upon the young democracies of central and Eastern Europe to embrace their hard-won freedoms as they face threats from Russia, China and others while seeing backsliding closer to home, including in Belarus. Stepping up the Trump...

South Korean Shin Yun-sun shows photos of her 92-year-old mother, Baek Bong-rye, during an interview at her house in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Shin, 75, has spent decades pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on Russia’s desolate Sakhalin island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin wants to bring back the remains of her presumably dead father for her ailing mother.  Japan's colonial government conscripted Shin's father for forced labor from their farming village in September 1943, when Baek was pregnant with Shin.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

1000s of Korean laborers still lost after WWII, Cold War end

Aug. 11, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shin Yun-sun describes her life as a maze of dead ends. The South Korean has spent many of her 75 years pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on a desolate Russian island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin...

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russia on Tuesday, Aug. 11 became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Aug. 11, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism and unease because the shots have only been studied in dozens of people. President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry's approval and said one of his two...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a ceremony at the General Patton memorial in Pilsen near Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Czech Republic at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe. Slovenia, Austria and Poland are the other stations of the trip. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, Pool)

In Europe, Pompeo warns of China, Russia authoritarianism

Aug. 11, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Tuesday of a rise in authoritarianism led by Russia, China and Iran that threatens freedoms around the world. Opening a four-nation tour of eastern and central Europe in the Czech Republic, Pompeo paid tribute to American forces...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russia, Germany emphasize shared interest despite frictions

Aug. 11, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany's top diplomat emphasized Russia's global role while in Moscow for wide-ranging talks Tuesday but also the irritants that have strained relations between the two countries. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas described Russia as an essential partner in resolving “the many...

Police use truncheons on protesters during a mass protest following presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Thousands of people have protested in Belarus for a second straight night after official results from weekend elections gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, extending his 26-year rule. A heavy police contingent blocked central squares and avenues, moving quickly to disperse protesters and detained dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President...

Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov taken at an undisclosed location on Monday Aug. 3, 2020. Rodchenkov has spoken to The Associated Press from his hiding in the United States. Revealing his current identity is still too risky for the chemist turned whistleblower, even in a video interview from an undisclosed location. Rodchenkov says he has

AP Interview: Rodchenkov lives in fear after exposing doping

Aug. 10, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

His head covered in a black balaclava, adjusting dark goggles obscuring his eyes, Grigory Rodchenkov grows anxious if any part of his face can be seen. Exposing Russia’s state-sponsorship doping scheme forced Rodchenkov into hiding in the United States five years ago. Revealing his current identity is...

FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, a giant image of Misha, the Russian bear mascot of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games, greets athletes standing on the field of Moscow's Lenin Stadium during opening ceremonies of the competitions in Moscow. The image was created by 3,500 card-bearers. Overhead burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)

AP WAS THERE: 1980 Olympics

Aug. 9, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in the Huntsville Times on August 7, 1980. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper. ___ Life in Moscow may...

FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, members of the crowd hold up 3,500 cards to create an image of Misha the Bear Cup, the mascot of the Moscow Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Russia on. Above burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)

Cold War rivalries split the Olympics in Moscow in 1980

Aug. 9, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The Cold War made for decades of tense Olympic battles between the United States...

Belarusian police officers detain a man in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. On Saturday evening, police arrested at least 10 people as hundreds of opposition supporters drove through the center of the capital waving flags and brandishing clenched-fist victory signs from the vehicles' windows. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus' leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — After 26 years in office, the authoritarian leader of Belarus is facing the toughest challenge yet as he runs for a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and the government's dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country's largest opposition...