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US and EU pile new sanctions on Russia for the Ukraine war's 2nd anniversary and Navalny's death

Feb. 23, 2024 21:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and European Union on Friday heaped hundreds of new sanctions on Russia in connection with the second anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine and in retaliation for the death of noted Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny last week in an Arctic penal colony. ...

So many sanctions on Russia. How much impact do they really have?

Feb. 23, 2024 15:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — So many sanctions. Once again, the United States, United Kingdom and European Union are hitting Russia with a new wave of sanctions over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. This time, they come in response to the death of noted Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who died in an Arctic...

Mideast cease-fire efforts gain steam as US envoy visits. Mediators report 'encouraging' signs

Feb. 22, 2024 18:57 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — International efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appeared to gain new momentum Thursday as the White House said a visit by a senior envoy with Israeli leaders was “going well” and other mediators reported encouraging signs from the warring parties. ...

Mexico president denies report of allegations that close associates took drug money during campaign

Feb. 22, 2024 17:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied allegations contained in a U.S. media report published Thursday about a U.S. inquiry into accusations that people close to him took money from drug traffickers shortly before his 2018 election and again after he was...

US promises new sanctions on Iran for its support of Russia's war in Ukraine, potential missile sale

Feb. 22, 2024 15:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is promising to unveil new sanctions on Iran in the coming days in retaliation for its arms sales that have bolstered Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and threatening a "swift” and “severe” response if Tehran moves forward with selling ballistic missiles to...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

Live updates | White House warns Israel: Rafah fight would be a disaster

Feb. 20, 2024 16:14 PM EST

The White House continues to warn Israel against expanding its offensive into Rafah, the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip. National Security spokesperson John Kirby said Tuesday that if Israel’s military doesn’t properly account for the safety of Palestinian refugees there,...

White House promises 'major sanctions' on Russia in response to Alexei Navalny's death

Feb. 20, 2024 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death last week in an Arctic penal colony. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the...

Russia has obtained a 'troubling' emerging anti-satellite weapon, the White House says

Feb. 15, 2024 18:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House publicly confirmed on Thursday that Russia has obtained a “troubling” emerging anti-satellite weapon but said it cannot directly cause “physical destruction” on Earth. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said U.S....

Putin says Russia prefers Biden to Trump but criticizes current US policy

Feb. 15, 2024 16:02 PM EST

President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would prefer to see U.S. President Joe Biden win a second term, describing him as more experienced and predictable than Donald Trump — even though Moscow strongly disagrees with the current administration's policies. Putin's comments during...