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Moscow rally aims to get opposition candidates on the ballot

Jul. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 1,000 people are rallying in Moscow to support opposition candidates looking to run for the local legislature in a second day of protests in the Russian capital. Opposition supporters gathered Monday to back the candidates' bid to run for the Moscow Duma in September. Election officials...

Major prisoner swap between Russia, Ukraine in limbo

Jul. 15, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A much-anticipated prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was thrown into uncertainty on Monday after a Ukrainian court postponed a hearing that was expected to release an imprisoned Russian journalist. Russia and Ukraine were on track to launch a major prisoner swap involving the Russian...

Today in History

Jul. 15, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 15, the 196th day of 2019. There are 169 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 15, 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, California, by three gunmen and imprisoned in an...

Russian opposition rallies for Moscow election candidates

Jul. 14, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leaders led a rally in Moscow of about 1,000 people Sunday to protest the city election commission's decision that will keep several opposition candidates off the ballot in a local election. The unsanctioned rally was billed as a meeting between opposition leaders and...

Italy: Salvini aide behind lobbyist presence at Putin dinner

Jul. 14, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian premier's office on Sunday distanced itself from a lobbyist who is under investigation for allegedly seeking Russian money for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's pro-Moscow League party, saying the man attended a recent dinner for visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin only...

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the...

Lithuania's new president, a former bank analyst, sworn in

Jul. 12, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former bank analyst has been sworn in as Lithuania's new president, taking the helm of the Baltic nation of 3 million. Gitanas Nauseda, 55, who won the May presidential election, arrived Friday at Lithuania's Parliament with his family in a pomp-filled ceremony. Nauseda, who...

Italy: Lawmakers want Salvini to explain alleged Russia deal

Jul. 11, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Italy demanded Thursday to have Interior Minister Matteo Salvini appear in Parliament about allegations that a covert Russian oil sale scheme was devised to fund his pro-Moscow League party. Democratic Party lawmakers pressed for a parliamentary inquiry following another...

Bolivian president visits Russia to discuss expanding ties

Jul. 11, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties. Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the "strategic cooperation" between the two countries, including Russia's investment in Bolivia's natural gas...

Gas pipeline fire near power station outside Moscow kills 1

Jul. 11, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say a massive fire near a power station just outside Moscow has killed one person and injured at least 13. Power company Mosenergo said in a statement that the fire broke late Thursday morning on a gas pipeline. The company says the power station itself wasn't affected and...