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New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

Dec. 16, 2018 1:24 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Speaking the day after Ukrainian bishops approved the charter for a religious authority...

Moscow police arrest least 5 protesters near security office

Dec. 16, 2018 9:04 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A human rights activist says Moscow police have arrested at least five protesters at an unsanctioned rally outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB. Oleg Yelanchik told the Interfax news agency that five people were arrested outside the...

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Dec. 15, 2018 2:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But Putin said at a St....

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church

Dec. 15, 2018 2:03 PM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia. The vote, held at a closed-door synod in...

The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

Dec. 15, 2018 11:29 AM EST

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church. The leader of the...

Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate

Dec. 15, 2018 11:23 AM EST
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate .

Russian policeman injured after discovering WWII land mine

Dec. 15, 2018 7:56 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police say an off-duty Russian police lieutenant has been hospitalized after a World War II-era land mine exploded on the side of a highway. Police say the officer found the mine alongside the highway and sustained injuries after it exploded. A passerby on the highway saw the injured...

Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

Dec. 15, 2018 5:56 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday. The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow...

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

Dec. 14, 2018 1:46 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus on Friday accused some politicians in Russia of floating the prospect of incorporating his nation, and vowed that he wouldn't let it happen. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko also criticized the Kremlin's plan to raise crude oil prices for Belarus,...

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

Dec. 14, 2018 9:05 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics. Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting...