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Last charge dropped in Vegas case against ex-GOP consultant

Jan. 15, 2020 5:59 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The last remaining criminal charge has been dropped in Las Vegas against a former Republican political consultant who had been accused of imprisoning and battering his girlfriend. Benjamin Sparks' attorney, Joshua Tomsheck, on Tuesday dismissed as a fabrication the misdemeanor battery...

An estelada or independence flag, hangs from a tree as a policeman walks past the entrance of Lledoners prison, where former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras is currently serving a prison sentence in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, near Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. In a potentially stinging reversal for Spanish justice authorities, the European Union's top court ruled that the former Catalan official serving a prison sentence for his role in a banned independence referendum two years ago had the right to parliamentary immunity when he was on trial. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Spain's top court says separatist politician stays in prison

Jan. 9, 2020 12:03 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an imprisoned Catalan politician must remain behind bars despite a European court ruling that his election to the European Parliament gave him immunity. Oriol Junqueras’ lawyer had requested his release so the separatist...

FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to mark his 20th year in power, as the longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Putin, Ukraine's leader talk about natural gas, prisoners

Dec. 31, 2019 7:19 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Ukraine have spoken by telephone to express satisfaction with a newly signed contract on natural gas transit and the recent exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia-backed rebels in Ukraine's east. A Kremlin statement says the Tuesday call between Russian...

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, right and Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias clasp hands after signing an agreement between the two parties in the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Sanchez hopes to form center-left governing alliance to take office in the country in the coming days. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain: Socialists pin future government on Catalan's release

Dec. 30, 2019 1:08 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Two left-wing parties striving to form Spain's first coalition government in decades joined forces Monday announcing plans to hike taxes on the rich and boost social spending if they take office with the key acquiescence of a Catalan pro-independence party. But the final go-ahead to a...

A Russia-backed separatist soldier escorts a group of separatists war prisoners after they were exchanged near the checkpoint Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in the east have begun exchanging prisoners in a move aimed at ending their five-year-long war. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Ukraine, eastern rebels swap prisoners in move to end war

Dec. 29, 2019 11:36 AM EST

MAIORSK CHECKPOINT, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine on Sunday exchanged 200 prisoners in a move aimed at ending their five-year war. The swap at a checkpoint near the rebel-held city of Horlivka was part of an agreement brokered this month at a summit of the...

Ukraine, separatists expected to swap prisoners on Sunday

Dec. 28, 2019 9:02 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kyiv expects to swap prisoners with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Saturday. The exchange was brokered by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents at peace talks in Paris earlier this month. Zelenskiy and Russian...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, center, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, sit before a working session with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Russia's envoy at the talks with Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists said Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 they agreed on terms of exchanging prisoners following an agreement reached by the nations' presidents in Paris earlier this month. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool, File

Ukraine, rebels agree on prisoner exchange before year's end

Dec. 23, 2019 11:08 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's envoy at talks between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists said Monday that they agreed on conditions for a prisoner exchange following a deal reached by the two nations' presidents. Boris Gryzlov, who represents Russia in the so-called Contact Group on the conflict in eastern...

Uzbekistan elects new parliament with no opposition

Dec. 23, 2019 6:49 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Election officials in the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan on Monday announced the preliminary results of a parliamentary vote that offered no real opposition, with pro-government political parties taking 128 seats out of 150 and certain eventually to win the rest. The remaining 22 seats...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 9, 2018 file photo, Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Qingdao, China. Uzbeks head to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, for the first time since Shavkat Mirziyoev has been president following the death of long-time leader Islam Karimov. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Uzbekistan holds parliamentary vote without real opposition

Dec. 22, 2019 8:20 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan are choosing a new parliament in an election that presents no genuine opposition. The vote is the first parliamentary election since the death of longtime strongman leader Ismail Karimov three years ago. But the five parties in Sunday's...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo visitors hold up patriotic slogans including

As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante

Dec. 20, 2019 1:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump administration’s “America...