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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia's foreign minister slams 'aggressive' US policies

Jan. 17, 2020 7:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign policy chief on Friday blamed what he described as “aggressive” U.S. policies for growing global tensions, noting Washington's reluctance to extend a key nuclear arms pact. Sergey Lavrov, who serves as acting foreign minister in the wake of Wednesday's...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, attend an event at the Friendship Palace in Beijing. Putin and Xi have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in 2024 echoes Xi’s move in 2018 to eliminate constitutional term limits on the head of state. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that...

FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, voters cast their ballots in Illinois primary elections at the city's new early voting super site in downtown Chicago. The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

FBI plans to notify states about local election breaches

Jan. 16, 2020 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials said Thursday. In the past, the FBI would alert local governments about attacks on their electoral systems without automatically sharing that information...

Utah governor candidate and ex-GOP chair Thomas Wright, right, looks on as Congressman Rob Bishop, left, speaks during a campaign announcement Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Wright is adding a political heavyweight to his run for governor: Congressman Rob Bishop. Wright announced that Bishop will be his lieutenant-governor candidate. Bishop had already said he would not run for a ninth term in the U.S. House. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Thomas Wright adds US Rep. Rob Bishop to his governor ticket

Jan. 16, 2020 5:40 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ex-Utah GOP chair Thomas Wright added a political heavyweight to his run for governor on Thursday, tapping outgoing U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop as his lieutenant-governor candidate. Bishop had weighed stepping into the race himself but decided against it earlier this week and endorsed...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Jan. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast...

US-Russia hold new strategic talks on arms control

Jan. 16, 2020 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia on Thursday held a new round of talks focused on arms control and reducing misunderstandings on critical security issues. Senior U.S. and Russian diplomats met in Vienna, Austria, for the latest session of their strategic security dialogue that aims to limit...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, and Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi deliver statements to the press, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Jan. 16, 2020 1:22 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future. Merkel's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, visited Libya's eastern city...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, Russian Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia's new PM a career bureaucrat with no political aims

Jan. 16, 2020 12:35 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Mishustin never had any political ambitions as a career bureaucrat and his name didn't come up as a top candidate to become Russia's next prime minister. But the 53-year-old Mishustin, the longtime chief of Russia's tax service, was tapped for the post by President Vladimir Putin. The...

Judge postpones sentencing hearing for ex-Trump aide Flynn

Jan. 16, 2020 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday postponed the sentencing of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, two days after Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan did not immediately rule on Flynn's request. Instead, in a brief written...