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Czech government to face no-confidence vote over PM scandal

Nov. 13, 2018 11:25 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The coalition government of the Czech prime minister will face a no-confidence vote proposed by the opposition amid allegations that Andrej Babis' son was deliberately kept abroad to avoid being questioned about the leader's fraud charges. Babis said Tuesday that his son, who now lives in...

Ukrainians protest as gas dispute leaves scores freezing

Nov. 13, 2018 8:57 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Angry Ukrainians took to the streets and blocked roads Tuesday as hundreds of thousands remain without heating at a time when temperatures are plunging because of a dispute between the national gas company and regional utility providers. The crisis, which affects mostly Ukraine's...

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Nov. 10, 2018 7:04 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday. Usyk took control when he sent Bellew to the canvas by following up...

US expands sanctions over Russia activities in Ukraine

Nov. 8, 2018 5:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. imposed sanctions Thursday on three men and nine entities, including a luxury hotel on the Black Sea, as it seeks to increase pressure on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and human rights abuses in Ukraine. The Treasury Department sanctioned Andriy Sushko, a member of the...

Soon-to-be-retired Bellew eyes perfect farewell against Usyk

Nov. 8, 2018 4:45 PM EST

In Oleksandr Usyk, boxing has a rising, unbeaten star ready to further shake up a revitalized heavyweight division. The Ukrainian fighter just has one last job to finish off at cruiserweight level. Usyk makes the first defense of his four cruiserweight titles when he takes on Tony Bellew in Manchester on...

Cuban president meets North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

Nov. 5, 2018 6:25 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel — both hoping to get out from under U.S. economic sanctions — have agreed to expand and strengthen their strategic relations, North Korea's state media reported Monday. Diaz-Canel, who is in...

Russia and Cuba vow to expand their 'strategic' ties

Nov. 2, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their "strategic" ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba. In a joint statement issued after their talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced U.S....

Germany, France say Russian-backed separatists down drone

Nov. 1, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France said Thursday it appears that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine downed a drone being used by neutral European observers and demanded accountability. In a strongly-worded joint statement released by Germany's Foreign Ministry, the two nations said the long-range drone...

Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukrainian politicians

Nov. 1, 2018 6:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government has imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine's political leadership in a largely symbolic gesture in the ongoing conflict between the two countries. Relations between Russia and Ukraine soured after Russia pushed through a separatist vote in Crimea and annexed the...

Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov wins EU rights award

Oct. 25, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday awarded its top human rights prize to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia accused of plotting acts of terrorism, calling him a symbol of all political prisoners being held there. Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for...