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Shop owners fix a door in their shop damaged by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery at a market in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said Azerbaijani military targeted a street market in Stepanakert and residential areas of Shushi on Saturday in violation of a mutual pledge not to target residential areas made after talks in Geneva. (AP Photo)

Armenia asks Moscow for help amid Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Oct. 31, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s leader urged Russia Saturday to consider providing security assistance to end the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, the biggest escalation in the decades-long conflict between his country and Azerbaijan. Following more than a month of intense fighting in which...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Belarusian opposition supporters light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has relied on massive arrests and intimidation tactics to hold on to power despite nearly three months of protests sparked by his re-election to a sixth term, but continuing protests have cast an unprecedented challenge to his 26-year rule. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Nearly 3 months after vote, Belarus protests still go strong

Oct. 31, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, demonstrators keep swarming the streets of Belarusian cities to demand his resignation in the most massive and sustained wave of protests the ex-Soviet nation has...

A supporters of the United National Movement party holds an American national flag as he attends a parliamentary election campaign rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The parliamentary elections will take place in Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

Georgians vote in hotly contested parliamentary elections

Oct. 31, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Voters in Georgia will cast ballots Saturday in a parliamentary election hotly contested between the governing party, founded by a billionaire, and an alliance around the country's ex-president who's in self-imposed exile in Ukraine — another former Soviet republic on the...

UN defeats Russia resolution promoting women at peace tables

Oct. 30, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council defeated a Russian resolution Friday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a U.N. measure demanding equal participation for women in activities promoting global peace, with opponents objecting to its failure to adequately address human rights and the key...

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an annual VTB Capital

Russian election threat potent, but interference so far slim

Oct. 30, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Russian interference has been minimal so far in the most tempestuous U.S. presidential election in decades. But that doesn’t mean the Kremlin can’t inflict serious damage. The vulnerability of state and local government networks is a big worry. One troubling wildcard is the...

Explosions are seen behind the mountains during a military conflict outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The Azerbaijani army has closed in on a key town in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh following more than a month of intense fighting. (AP Photo)

Armenia, Azerbaijan vow to avoid targeting residential areas

Oct. 30, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan promised Friday to avoid shelling residential areas amid the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a pledge that follows a day of talks in Geneva even as Azerbaijani troops pushed deeper into the separatist territory. The two sides agreed they “will not...

FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, March 8, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, and Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko, standing behind, watch downhill ski competition of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Roza Khutor mountain district of Sochi, Russia.  Russia’s status as an Olympic team and reputation as a serial cheater in international sports goes on trial on Monday Nov. 2, 2020, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport will start hearings about a manipulated database from the Moscow testing laboratory.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia's reputation, Olympic status on trial for doping

Oct. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russia’s status as an Olympic team, and its reputation as a serial cheater in international sports, goes on trial next week in more legal fallout from the country's state-backed doping saga. At an undisclosed location in Lausanne on Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport will start...

FILE - In this file photo dated July 24, 2020, showing former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in London.  Britain’s High Court on Friday Oct. 30, 2020, has dismissed a libel claim by Russian Tech entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev against Christopher Steele, the author of a report on U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia.  (Aaron Chown/PA FILE via AP)

UK court rejects libel suit from Russian over Steele dossier

Oct. 30, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court on Friday dismissed a libel claim by a Russian businessman against the author of a report on U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Cyprus-based tech entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev...

Lithuania upset over soon-to-open Belarus nuke plant

Oct. 30, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Baltic nation of Lithuania sent a protest note Tuesday to Belarus over a planned nuclear power plant close to their border that is scheduled to start operating in early November. The Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Vilnius, Lithuania’s...

Sweden charges 2 over Chechen critic hammer assault

Oct. 30, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish domestic security agency said two individuals have been charged with attempted murder and accessory to attempted murder in a February hammer attack on a blogger and critic of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The agency, known as SAPO, said in a statement issued Thursday that...