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At UN, Belarus diplomat bemoans Western actions against it

Sep. 27, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of Belarus accused Western nations on Monday of carrying out “a large-scale hybrid war” against the country because it failed to change the government in elections last year, which he insisted were won by President Alexander Lukashenko. ...

UK readies soldiers to help ease gas shortages at pumps

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government put dozens of soldiers on standby Monday to help easy fuel supply problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers, a situation that has spurred panic buying of gasoline across the country. As unions called for emergency workers to be...

NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The NATO-led KFOR mission in Kosovo increased its patrols Monday on the border with Serbia in a bid to deescalate tensions between the two Balkan foes over a dispute about license plates. KFOR, with around 4,000 troops from 28 countries, is led...

Azerbaijan, Armenia mark anniversary of their war

Sep. 27, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan and Armenia are marking the anniversary of the start of their six-week war in which more than 6,600 people died and which ended with Azerbaijan regaining control of large swaths of territory. Soldiers carrying photographs of comrades killed in...

Poland seeks to extend state of emergency on Belarus border

Sep. 27, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland will seek an extension of the state of emergency in force along its border with Belarus as authorities in Warsaw accused Belarus of provocative actions and alleged that some migrants detained on the border have ties to terrorist groups. ...

US-Russia set 2nd round of strategic talks under Biden admin

Sep. 27, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia will hold their second round of strategic talks later this week as the two sides attempt to resolve myriad differences ranging from nuclear weapons to cyberspace, the State Department said Monday. The department said the...

Man in Poland gets 25-year sentence for murder, cannibalism

Sep. 27, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A court in Poland convicted a man on Monday of instigating a murder in 2002 and participating in subsequent cannibalism and handed him a 25-year prison term. The body of the victim was never found and his identity isn't known. But the court in...

Police swoop on Balkan cartel's European ‘cocaine pipeline’

Sep. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from eight European countries pounced on a Balkan crime organization allegedly running the continent's largest cocaine distribution network, making 61 arrests and seizing more than four metric tons (4.4 tons) of the drug, authorities said Monday. ...

Jailed Belarus opposition leader wins European rights prize

Sep. 27, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Council of Europe on Monday awarded its major human rights prize to jailed Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested last year after she tore up her passport at the border to prevent her forced expulsion from the country. Earlier...

Nature campaigners urge Albania to stop hydropower plants

Sep. 27, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Wildlife campaigners on Monday called on the Albanian government to stop the construction of two hydropower plants in a protected nature area in the north of the country. A statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature Adrian said that a Supreme...