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Russia said eyeing eastern Ukraine push; Kyiv targets graft

Feb. 01, 2023 17:25 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, officials said Wednesday, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive as the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion approaches. Also Wednesday, President Volodymyr...

Russian arms dealer, son and front firms hit with sanctions

Feb. 01, 2023 11:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian arms dealer, his son, a group of front companies across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and their leadership have been targeted for U.S. sanctions in an effort to quell Russia's access to weapons as it continues its invasion of Ukraine. Russian arms...

Putin foe Navalny says he's in solitary cell for 6 months

Feb. 01, 2023 11:10 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said in a social media post published Wednesday that prison authorities have placed him in a one-person cell for six months, a move his lawyer described as part of authorities' efforts to damage Navalny's health. ...

Russian journalist sentenced for speaking out on Ukraine

Feb. 01, 2023 07:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday sentenced a Russian journalist in absentia to eight years in prison on charges of disparaging the military, the latest move in the authorities' relentless crackdown on dissent. Alexander Nevzorov, a television journalist and former...

NATO chief urges closer ties with Japan to defend democracy

Jan. 31, 2023 09:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for “bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan” and stressed the need for Japan and other democracies to work together with the alliance to defend the international order. Calling it a...

Global report highlights link between corruption, violence

Jan. 31, 2023 02:30 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Most of the world continues to fail to fight corruption with 95 % of countries having made little to no progress since 2017, a closely watched study by an anti-graft organization found Tuesday. Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, which...

Boris Johnson says Putin said he could hit him with missile

Jan. 30, 2023 05:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that President Vladimir Putin didn’t seem serious about avoiding war in the days before Russia invaded Ukraine — and at one point told the British leader it would be easy to kill him with a missile. The Kremlin denied...

Mali defends Russian ties and opposes options for UN force

Jan. 28, 2023 01:39 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mali’s foreign minister defended the military government’s cooperation with Russia on Friday and rejected three options proposed by the U.N. chief to reconfigure the U.N. peacekeeping force in the west African country where Al-Qaida and Islamic State extremist groups are...

Auschwitz anniversary marked as peace again shattered by war

Jan. 27, 2023 17:28 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors and other mourners commemorated the 78th anniversary Friday of the Nazi German death camp's liberation, some expressing horror that war has again shattered peace in Europe and the lesson of Never Again is being forgotten. The...

Brutality of Russia's Wagner gives it lead in Ukraine war

Jan. 27, 2023 15:49 PM EST

Fierce battles in eastern Ukraine have thrown a new spotlight on Russia's Wagner Group, a private military company led by a rogue millionaire with longtime links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wagner has spearheaded the push to jump-start Russia's stalemated offensive in...