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Konta beats Mertens at Kremlin Cup

Oct. 16, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Johanna Konta of Britain upset seventh-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday. Making up a 30-place rankings gap to the 14th-ranked Mertens, Konta took full advantage of Mertens' wayward serving to win 6-3, 7-5. Konta next plays Australia's Daria...

NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Oct. 16, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The NASA astronaut who survived last week's failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm. Air Force Col. Nick Hague on Tuesday described the closest call of his career: His space capsule violently ripped from his damaged rocket shortly after liftoff, then with...

US general warns of complacency in fight against extremists

Oct. 16, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. and other countries shift their focus to growing security threats from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, the world must not become complacent in the fight against violent extremist groups, the top U.S. military officer warned on Tuesday. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the...

Egyptian president urges Russia to resume flights to resorts

Oct. 16, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Egypt's president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. Moscow suspended the flights after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in...

Head of firm behind Trump dossier won't talk to House panel

Oct. 16, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The co-founder of a political research firm that was behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's connections to Russia refused to speak to two House committees during a closed-door interview Tuesday. A lawyer for Glenn Simpson said in a statement that he had exercised...

Kremlin: No plans for Putin-Trump meeting in Paris

Oct. 16, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Paris for an event that President Donald Trump is also set to attend, but a meeting between them isn't planned. Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Tuesday that Putin will visit Paris on Nov. 11 to attend events...

Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approaches

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — With the Women's World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer. From uncertainty about the use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other tournament...

Serb official denounces US ambassador over Kosovo

Oct. 15, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's pro-Russia defense minister denounced the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and suggested he should be thrown out of the country Monday for calling the former Serbian province of Kosovo a sovereign state. Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in a statement that U.S. Ambassador...

Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Orthodoxy's leader

Oct. 15, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church decided Monday to sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community after his decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said the Russian church's Holy Synod resolved to "''break the Eucharistic...

US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

Oct. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's envoy for North Korea is traveling to Russia, France and Belgium for talks with counterparts there as the U.S. prepares for a second leadership summit with the North. The State Department says envoy Stephen Biegun will hold "working level" meetings in Moscow,...