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Live updates | Belarus sending troops to Ukraine border

May. 26, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday he was forming a southern military command and sending battalion tactical groups to the area that borders Ukraine. Lukashenko did not give details, but battalion tactical groups typically consist of mechanized infantry including...

Davos ends with Germany pushing global work on climate, war

May. 26, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed hopes Thursday for global cooperation on climate change, hunger and war, while dozens of climate activists demonstrated in the Swiss town of Davos as a meeting of global elites ended with many words but little concrete action to...

Davos updates | Iran's foreign minister talks war, nuke deal

May. 26, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister sat before an audience of Western business executives and policymakers at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, fielding questions about why Iran has yet to condemn Russia for its invasion in Ukraine and why efforts to...

German chancellor discusses Ukraine war in South Africa

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's neutral stance on Russia's war in Ukraine was a major topic of conversation as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Tuesday with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, to end his three-nation tour of Africa. Speaking to the press in South...

Russian ties shred German ex-leader Schroeder's standing

May. 23, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Gerhard Schroeder left the German chancellery after a narrow election defeat in 2005 with every chance of a future as a respected elder statesman. His ambitious overhaul of the country’s welfare state was just beginning to kick in and he had won plaudits among...

German chancellor Scholz kicks off Africa trip in Senegal

May. 22, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his country is interested in a major gas exploitation project in Senegal as he began a three-nation visit to Africa on Sunday that also is focused on the geopolitical consequences of the war in Ukraine. Senegal is believed to...

Climate to conflict, Davos' post-COVID return has full plate

May. 22, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Davos — the hub of an elite annual gathering in the Swiss Alps — is back, more than two years after the coronavirus pandemic kept its business gurus, political leaders and high-minded activists away. There’s no shortage of urgent issues for the World Economic...

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Russia should pay for destruction

May. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy devoted his nightly video address to Ukraine’s demand that Russia be held financially responsible for the damage its forces are inflicting on Ukraine. Just on Friday, he noted, the Russian army fired a missile at the northeastern...

Dutch leader faces pressure over old-school text messages

May. 20, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The long-serving Dutch prime minister is in hot water over his low-tech cell phone. Mark Rutte is facing unusual political and public pressure after revelations that he has been deleting text messages about official matters for years. Critics accuse...

Germany's Schroeder to quit Rosneft board as backlash mounts

May. 20, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder plans to leave the board of directors of Russian state energy company Rosneft as a backlash over his ties with Russia and its energy sector mounts. Schroeder, 78, is the chairman of Rosneft's board. Rosneft said Friday that...