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Russia sends missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Dec. 02, 2021 12:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow's firm stance in the dispute. The Bastion systems were moved to Matua, a...

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund dies at 102

Dec. 02, 2021 09:16 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Miroslav Zikmund, a legendary Czech travel writer, has died. He was 102. The museum in the eastern city of Zlin, where Zikmund had lived, announced his death in a statement, saying he “left for his final journey” on Wednesday. Details were not given....

GOP paints Biden's choice for bank regulator as radical

Nov. 18, 2021 14:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s choice to become one of the top banking regulators endured a contentious nomination hearing Thursday, with Republican senators warning she would nationalize the U.S. banking system and Democrats saying she's eminently qualified and would be tough...

Biden's nominee for bank regulator faces hostile opposition

Nov. 17, 2021 14:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A fierce battle is being waged in Washington over President Biden's choice to lead a typically low-profile agency that oversees the banking industry. Saule Omarova, 55, was nominated in September to be the nation’s next comptroller of the currency. If...

Today in History

Oct. 30, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2021. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round...

Halyna Hutchins remembered as gifted cinematographer

Oct. 22, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin, traveled far during her 42 years. She grew up on a remote Soviet military base and worked on documentary films in Eastern Europe before studying film in Los Angeles and embarking on a promising...

Russian, Tajik troops hold joint drills near Afghan border

Oct. 22, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

MOMIRAK FIRING RANGE, Tajikistan (AP) — Russian and Tajik troops conducted joint drills Friday near Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan, as part of efforts to prepare for possible security threats issuing from Afghanistan. The exercises at the Momirak firing range...

Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitzer-winning scholar, dead at 84

Oct. 09, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin J. Sherwin, a leading scholar of atomic weapons who in “A World Destroyed” challenged support for the U.S. bombing of Japan and spent more than two decades researching the pioneering physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “American...

What Peace Prize says about freedom in Russia, Philippines

Oct. 08, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize sometimes recognizes groundbreaking efforts to resolve seemingly intractable conflicts, such as once-sworn enemies who sat down and brokered an end to war. In other years, the recipient is someone who promoted human rights at great personal cost. ...

Germany expands pensions to more Holocaust survivors

Oct. 06, 2021 01:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis said Wednesday that Germany has agreed to extend compensation to Jewish survivors who endured the World War II siege of Leningrad and two other groups who had not received any monthly pensions...