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Live updates |Congress approves $40B aid package to Ukraine

May. 19, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the United States for the $40 billion aid package, which got final congressional approval on Thursday. “This is a demonstration of strong leadership and a necessary contribution to our common defense of freedom,”...

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol

May. 19, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol itself is on the verge of falling. Yuliia Paievska is known in...

EXPLAINER: What might happen to 100s of Ukrainian POWs?

May. 19, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Breaking its recent silence on prisoners of war, the Red Cross said Thursday it has registered “hundreds” of Ukrainian prisoners of war who left the giant Azovstal steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol after holding out in a weeks-long standoff with besieging Russian...

Detention of WNBA's Griner in Moscow extended by 1 month

May. 13, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner had her pre-trial detention in Russia extended by one month Friday, her lawyer said. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he thinks the relatively short extension indicated that Griner's case would go to trial soon. The 31-year-old...

Saudi coalition transfers Yemeni prisoners as part of truce

May. 06, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Three planes carrying 117 Yemeni prisoners held by the Saudi-led coalition landed Friday in the southern port city of Aden as a truce between the country's warring parties entered its second month, the Red Cross said. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen...

Fueled by momentum, families of hostages lobby White House

May. 04, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The release of Trevor Reed from a Russian prison last week was cause for unadulterated celebration for his family. For Elizabeth Whelan, the experience was far more bittersweet. When Whelan learned in an early-morning phone call from U.S. government officials that...

Inside the Trevor Reed deal: From Oval Office to Moscow trip

Apr. 29, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worst possible moment for bringing Trevor Reed home turned out to be the best. With U.S.-Russian relations at their lowest point in decades, it seemed an improbable time to hope for the release of Reed, a former Marine detained in Russia for almost three...

Trevor Reed back in US, one day after Russian prisoner swap

Apr. 28, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Reed is back in the United States one day after the Marine veteran was swapped for a Russian drug trafficker in a prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow, his mother tweeted early Thursday morning. Paula Reed called it a “very exciting day for The...

Russia releases US Marine vet in surprise prisoner exchange

Apr. 28, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia and the United States have carried out an unexpected prisoner exchange in a time of high tensions, trading on Wednesday a Marine veteran jailed by Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America. The deal involving...

A look at Trevor Reed, the Texan released in prisoner swap

Apr. 27, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Trevor Reed's nearly three-year imprisonment by Russia ended Wednesday when he walked off a Russian plane and onto an American one. The Marine veteran's release was half of an unexpected U.S.-Russia prisoner swap that came despite high tension between the two...