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Key Mueller cooperator Gates testifies in trial of DC lawyer

Aug. 22, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, testified Thursday against a prominent Washington attorney accused of concealing information from the Justice Department about work done for the government of Ukraine. Gates, a former campaign aide to...

US and Russia blame each other for abandoning missile treaty

Aug. 22, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers....

Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot

Aug. 22, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland's brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn't fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide. One...

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in...

Navalny to be released Friday, court rejects term extension

Aug. 22, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has rejected an attempt to prolong the jail sentence of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, clearing the way for him to be released on Friday morning. Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe, was sentenced last month to 30 days for calling on people to take part in an...

Russia sends robot into space to test out new booster rocket

Aug. 22, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station as part of tests on a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle. The Soyuz capsule, which typically carries a space crew, blasted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan at 8.38 a.m. (0338 GMT) on...

UN to meet at Russia's request on recent US missile test

Aug. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an open meeting Thursday at Russia's request on a U.S. missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters Wednesday...

In Venezuela, Guaidó questions Maduro claims about US talks

Aug. 21, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolás Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. Guaidó spoke a day after Maduro and...

Putin says mysterious explosion posed no radiation threat

Aug. 21, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that a recent deadly explosion at a military testing site in northwestern Russia hasn't posed any radiation threat, but he remained coy about the circumstances of the mysterious incident. Speaking after talks in Helsinki with Finnish...

Putin says US missile test raises new threats to Russia

Aug. 21, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty has raised new threats to Russia and will warrant a response. The U.S. tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile that accurately...