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Israeli brass to brief Russian military on Hezbollah tunnels

Dec. 10, 2018 1:32 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Israeli military officers are flying to Moscow to update their Russian counterparts about an operation launched last week to "expose and thwart" Hezbollah tunnels burrowed under Israel's border with Lebanon. The Israeli military issued a statement Monday saying the officers would...

Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Dec. 10, 2018 1:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. Russia's Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) flight....

EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension

Dec. 10, 2018 11:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU's top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month. Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and...

In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case 'resolved'

Dec. 10, 2018 11:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved." The information was included in a filing in the case against Maria Butina. Her lawyers and federal...

Closer legal peril for Trump in probes; he sees no collusion

Dec. 8, 2018 3:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the federal special counsel said....

Russia's most famous human rights activist dies at 91

Dec. 8, 2018 3:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91. "She remained a human...

The Latest: Huawei awaits 'right conclusion' in CFO's arrest

Dec. 7, 2018 11:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of an executive of Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei says it has "every confidence that the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will reach the right conclusion" over the arrest of...

US: Trump lawyer met Russian offering 'political synergy'

Dec. 7, 2018 8:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the special counsel said Friday. Court...

Russia and Greece say spat over diplomats expulsions is over

Dec. 7, 2018 12:09 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Greece have overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that strained their traditionally friendly ties, the countries' leaders said Friday. Greece in July expelled two Russian diplomats amid allegations they helped fund protests against a deal between Greece and its northern...

Cyprus rejects Russian claims of US military build-up

Dec. 7, 2018 10:40 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' foreign minister has rejected Russian claims that the U.S. is looking to set up a military base on the east Mediterranean island as a bulwark against expanding Russian influence in the region. Nikos Christodoulides said Friday that he called his Russian counterpart to convey...