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Live updates | Kremlin says Ukrainians have a say on future

May. 19, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW — The Kremlin says it will be up to residents of areas in Ukraine controlled by Russian troops to determine their future status. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that people living in such places must “determine how and with whom they want to live.” ...

Russian soldier on trial asks victim's widow to forgive him

May. 19, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since the start of the war in Ukraine testified Thursday that he shot a civilian on orders from two officers and pleaded for his victim's widow to forgive him. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin told the court that the...

Red Cross registers Mariupol POWs as hundreds more surrender

May. 19, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds more fighters have emerged from the Mariupol stronghold where they made their last stand and surrendered, Russia said Thursday, and the Red Cross worked to register them as prisoners of war, as the end of a key battle in the conflict drew closer. A...

UK freezes assets on Russian airlines, preventing slot sale

May. 19, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Thursday froze the assets of three Russian airlines, preventing them from selling landing slots at U.K. airports that are worth up to 50 million pounds ($62 million). The latest sanctions over Russia's war in Ukraine stop state-owned Aeroflot, Russia’s...

Prague Zoo gets Taiwanese pangolins after fallout with China

May. 19, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague’s zoo has introduced a pair of critically endangered Chinese pangolins to the public. It is only the the second animal park on the European continent to have the animals. The arrival of the rare acquisition from Taiwan follows a political fallout with China...

Russia-Ukraine war impact draws focus of G7 finance leaders

May. 19, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) — Finance ministers for the Group of Seven leading economies on Thursday will deal with the immediate effects of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, overtaking their more ambitious plans to reform the global economy. A refugee crisis,...

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 05:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in...

Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

May. 19, 2022 04:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with rising violence, Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil, but so far the Taliban remain reluctant to take action — trying instead to broker a peace. Last month came a...

UN: Mali pullout from counterterrorism force `unfortunate'

May. 18, 2022 23:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s top political official for Africa called Mali’s decision to withdraw from the Sahel regional counterterrorism force “unfortunate and regrettable” Wednesday, especially at a time of increasing terrorist activity and insecurity. Assistant...

Senate confirms Brink as new US ambassador to Ukraine

May. 18, 2022 22:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to return American diplomats to Kyiv during the nation's continuing battle against the Russian invasion. The veteran foreign service officer, who...