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Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

Nov. 12, 2018 2:07 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering...

Gorbachev calls for preventing new arms race

Nov. 8, 2018 12:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday that urgent efforts must be taken to prevent a new arms race. Gorbachev, 87, told reporters that Moscow and Washington should focus on mending their rift and improving their relationship, one he described as the most important in the world....

Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact

Oct. 20, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

ELKO, Nevada (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union, saying that Russia is violating the pact and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security...

EU chief says British EU-Soviet comparison unwise, insulting

Oct. 4, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After the insults, the ultimatums, the red lines and accusations, the European Union and the U.K. have less than two weeks to really get down to business ahead of a crucial summit on their divorce. And — just maybe — there is still time and willingness to stave off the "hard"...

Pressure on UK foreign minister to apologize for Soviet barb

Oct. 2, 2018 6:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Pressure mounted Tuesday on British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologize for recent remarks comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union. While British Prime Minister Theresa May effectively rebuked her foreign secretary for making the comparison, leaders from the European...

Books on famine, factories vie for $75,000 history prize

Sep. 25, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A story of starvation in Stalin's Soviet Union, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and a look at how factories changed the world are among finalists for a $75,000 history book prize. Eight books competing for the Cundill History Prize include Anne Applebaum's "Red Famine," Caroline Fraser's...

Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism

Sep. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II. Francis began his second day in the...

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse...

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Sep. 21, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union...