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U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Trump's two-day stay in Davos is a test of his ability to balance anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false account of Ukraine episode

Jan. 22, 2020 5:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave a false account Wednesday of some of the circumstances that got him impeached. As the Senate impeachment trial wrestled with the fate of his presidency, Trump offered distorted statements about how the episode developed. He claimed Ukraine got U.S. military...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. World leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp _ once on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Jerusalem and again on Jan. 27 at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland. The fact that there will be two competing ceremonies reflects how politically charged World War II remains for nationalist governments in Russia and Poland. (Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Russia-Poland feud over history clouds Auschwitz anniversary

Jan. 22, 2020 2:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Over the next several days, world leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Nazi Germany’s death camps. That there will be two competing ceremonies — one in Jerusalem on Thursday and the other...

OSCE Chairperson in Office, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama, left, and Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystayko attend a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine asks OSCE to expand its monitoring mission

Jan. 20, 2020 7:44 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to expand its monitoring mission in the country, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Monday after a meeting with the organization's chairman. The OSCE's special monitoring mission has been present in Ukraine...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, attend an event at the Friendship Palace in Beijing. Putin and Xi have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in 2024 echoes Xi’s move in 2018 to eliminate constitutional term limits on the head of state. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Pelosi, Dems defended Iran general

Jan. 13, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the impeachment investigation and Democrats' stance on Iran strained the truth on various fronts, from claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to asserting that even Ukraine's president said Trump did...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions are across the board

Jan. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump systematically fabricated his record before boisterous supporters and the eyes of the world this past week. To a core question — did the U.S. killing of an Iranian general avoid an imminent attack on U.S. interests? — there is no definitive answer days...

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a navy exercise from the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser in the Black Sea in , Crimea, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The drills involved warships and aircraft that launched missiles at practice targets. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin attends Black Sea drills by the Russian navy

Jan. 9, 2020 10:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday watched a naval exercise involving multiple missile launches in the Black Sea. The Kremlin said that Putin watched the maneuvers from the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser. The navy said the drills involved warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet...

FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko walk before a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus after the two countries failed to renegotiate a contract amid talks of further improving their economic ties. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia halts oil supplies to Belarus in push for closer ties

Jan. 3, 2020 9:34 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus as talks on strengthening economic ties remained stalled over concerns that Russia could effectively swallow up its neighbor. In a case that has echoes of Russia's relationship with Ukraine before it annexed the Crimean Peninsula, Belarus'...

Russia, Ukraine finalize deals for gas transit to Europe

Dec. 30, 2019 6:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian gas companies say they have finalized a slew of contracts ensuring uninterrupted transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hailed the agreements that were signed late Monday, saying they will allow Ukraine to get at least $7...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Pompeo to visit Ukraine as Senate weighs impeachment trial

Dec. 30, 2019 12:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine will be...