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Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Orthodoxy's leader

Oct. 15, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church decided Monday to sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community after his decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said the Russian church's Holy Synod resolved to "''break the Eucharistic...

US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

Oct. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's envoy for North Korea is traveling to Russia, France and Belgium for talks with counterparts there as the U.S. prepares for a second leadership summit with the North. The State Department says envoy Stephen Biegun will hold "working level" meetings in Moscow,...

Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking

Oct. 15, 2018 6:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Simona Halep is back as the year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row, despite a back injury that doctors say could lead to a long-term problem. Halep, who won her first major title at this year's French Open, clinched the year-end top tennis ranking on Monday but may be forced to pull out...

NASA official: Tense moments but calm crew in aborted launch

Oct. 12, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — NASA's chief heard one reassuring sound over the radio link after the aborted launch of a Soyuz capsule with an American and a Russian aboard. It was U.S. astronaut Nick Hague calmly relaying information in Russian to flight controllers. "My reaction was, 'things aren't going well and he's...

Military intelligence offers career path in today's Russia

Oct. 12, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — "First time here?" the conductor on the train that stops at the logging outpost of Loyga asks some departing passengers. "My condolences — there isn't even cell phone connection." This desolate village, deep in the far northern Arkhangelsk region, is the hometown of one of the...

US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

Oct. 11, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely on the steppes of...

Orthodox Church to move forward with Ukrainian independence

Oct. 11, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Thursday hailed the announcement by Orthodoxy's Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that it will move forward with granting Ukrainian clerics independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, while the Russian church denounced the decision. The Istanbul-based...

The Latest: NASA exploring flying space station without crew

Oct. 11, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The Latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local): 11:00 p.m. NASA says it's dusting off its plans for flying the International Space Station without a crew after the aborted launch of a Russian rocket taking two astronauts toward the station. Kenny...

US envoy: Continue sanctions until Russia exits east Ukraine

Oct. 11, 2018 9:07 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States' envoy for the conflict in eastern Ukraine says the West must remain firm with sanctions against Moscow because Russia is not withdrawing its forces from the separatist region. Kurt Volker spoke to reporters on Thursday from Brussels, where he is meeting EU officials about...

Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

Oct. 11, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, even ones that flee abroad to escape their...