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Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

Feb. 14, 2019 6:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel's Russia probe, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's decision was another loss for Manafort, a once-wealthy political consultant who rose...

AP Interview: Envoy says Russia's clout in Afghanistan rises

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian envoy asserted Wednesday that the U.S. has "completely failed" in Afghanistan, opening the way for Moscow to play the role of peace broker in the war-torn country from which the Soviets pulled out in 1989. The remarks by Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for...

UN: 2015 peace accord for Ukraine's east not implemented

Feb. 12, 2019 8:01 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 2015 agreement to bring peace to Ukraine's volatile east remains largely unimplemented and civilians are paying the highest price, with more than 3,300 killed and 3.5 million needing humanitarian aid this year, U.N. officials said Tuesday. Russia's annexation of the Crimean...

Official: Russia's political system a good model for others

Feb. 11, 2019 11:48 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin predicted that the nation's political system will live on for a century and serve as a model for others around the world. Vladislav Surkov wrote in a piece published Monday in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta that Russia's...

Ukrainian president vows to push for EU, NATO membership

Feb. 9, 2019 10:01 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions, Ukraine's president said Saturday as he officially launched his re-election campaign. President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking a second five-year term in the March 31 vote, accused...

Ukraine has 44 presidential candidates in all-time record

Feb. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Election officials in Ukraine said Friday that 44 candidates have registered to compete in the March presidential election — a record for the nation. The latest polls show that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged...

Prosecutor: Manafort meeting with Russian at heart of probe

Feb. 7, 2019 7:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An August 2016 meeting between President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and an associate with ties to Russian intelligence goes to the "heart" of the Russia investigation, according to a court transcript unsealed Thursday. The transcript from a sealed hearing in Paul Manafort's...

Ukrainian lawmakers bar Russians from observing election

Feb. 7, 2019 10:58 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has barred Russian citizens from serving as election monitors during an upcoming presidential election. The Supreme Rada voted to exclude Russians from international observers' missions that will be monitoring the voting in Ukraine next month. The Organization for...

Comedian who plays Ukraine's president on TV leads real race

Feb. 7, 2019 6:26 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy has spent more than 20 years as a comedian in Ukraine peppering his stand-up routines with imitations of politicians. So when his production company needed an actor to play an everyman who unexpectedly becomes president, Zelenskiy was a clear choice. But in an...

Ukraine's exiled ex-president claims possible vote rigging

Feb. 6, 2019 10:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's exiled former president, who was found guilty of fueling a deadly separatist conflict in the east, on Wednesday claimed there could be possible vote rigging in the country's upcoming presidential election. Ukrainians will vote March 31 to elect a new president. Former President...