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In this image made from UNTV video, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

Russia's Putin urges end to sanctions to boost world economy

Sep. 22, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin argued Tuesday that ending “illegitimate sanctions” against countries like his could boost the coronavirus-hit global economy and create jobs, using his annual speech at the U.N. General Assembly to stress the need for multilateral cooperation...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2004, file photo, parliamentarians Goran Lennmarker, right, of Sweden and Stavros Evagorow, of Cyprus, observe the American voting process as voters cast their ballots at Robbinsdale City Hall in Robbinsdale, Minn. The two men are members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Officials said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the security organization had drastically scaled back plans to send up to 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election, and now will deploy just 30. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Coronavirus pandemic shrinks Europe's monitoring of US vote

Sep. 18, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

Europe’s largest security organization said Friday that it has drastically scaled back plans to send as many as 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election and now will deploy just 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...

A volunteer in a protective suit and gloves sets an oxygen concentrator to help a suspected coronavirus patient breathe at her apartment in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, July 24, 2020. Volunteers have played a big role in dealing with a wave of coronavirus cases in Kyrgyzstan. Many started doing house calls to patients who couldn't get into a hospital, bringing oxygen concentrators with them. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Volunteers came to the rescue as virus raged in Kyrgyzstan

Jul. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When his mother began deteriorating from the coronavirus two weeks ago, Bektour Iskender knew that hospitals in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, were full. So he turned to Twitter for advice. He was directed to a volunteer group that made house calls with oxygen concentrators for patients with...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 file photo, Azimzhan Askarov, ethnic Uzbek human rights activist, who has been jailed for life for stirring up ethnic hatred in a case which has drawn international criticism, looks through a metal bars at a courtroom during hearings opened at the regional court in the capital Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Azimzhan Askarov, a human rights defender in Kyrgyzstan who was serving a life term on charges of involvement in inter-ethnic violence widely criticized as trumped-up, died Saturday July 25, 2020, in a prison clinic at the age of 69. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin, File)

Kyrgyzstan's rights activist Azimzhan Askarov dies at 69

Jul. 25, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Azimzhan Askarov, a human rights defender in Kyrgyzstan who was serving a life term on charges of involvement in ethnic violence that were widely criticized as trumped-up, has died in a prison clinic. He was 69. The U. N. Human Rights Committee and leading international human rights...