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Treason and espionage cases are rising in Russia since the war in Ukraine began

Jul. 14, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Maksim Kolker’s phone rang at 6 a.m., and the voice on the other end said his father had been arrested, he thought it was a scam to extort money. A day earlier, he had taken his father, prominent Russian physicist Dmitry Kolker, to the hospital in his native...

Shelling kills 4 in Ukraine as a drone attack sparks fire at an oil depot in Russia

Jul. 13, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling of Ukraine killed four people on Saturday, officials said, as the two countries exchanged drone attacks, one of which set ablaze a Russian oil depot. Two people died in Ukraine’s partly occupied Kherson region and two were wounded in the...

Today in History: July 13, Live Aid concerts

Jul. 13, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 13, the 195th day of 2024. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1985, the “Live Aid” benefit rock concerts were held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia,...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 12, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. ___ Michigan bill does not prohibit...

Former international mission worker is convicted of spying in Russian-held Donetsk

Jul. 12, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

A former staff member of an international monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was convicted of spying by a court in the Moscow-occupied Donetsk, the Russian prosecutor general’s office said Friday. Vadym Golda — who was a security assistant for the Organization for Security and...

Putin signs bill increasing income taxes for the wealthy in Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday endorsed a bill that raises income taxes for the rich, part of efforts to help fill government coffers during the fighting in Ukraine. Putin signed the bill into law two days after it was approved by both houses of...

UN demands Russia immediately return Europe's biggest nuclear plant to Ukraine

Jul. 12, 2024 01:27 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday demanding that Russia urgently withdraw its military and personnel from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and immediately return the facility to Ukraine. The resolution also reiterates the...

Zelenskyy says to win the war, US needs to lift limits on striking military targets inside Russia

Jul. 11, 2024 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday embraced the support of allies who have provided substantial new military aid and a path to joining NATO, even as he emphatically pushed for the help to arrive faster and for restrictions to be lifted on the use of U.S. weapons...

Faced with threats from Russia and its Asian supporters, NATO and Indo-Pacific partners get closer

Jul. 11, 2024 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Indo-Pacific countries attending the NATO summit issued a joint statement Thursday to “strongly condemn the illicit military cooperation" between Russia and North Korea, showing how the military alliance and its Pacific partners are forging closer ties to counter what...

Russian authorities put Russian opposition leader Navalny's widow on list of 'extremists'

Jul. 11, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Thursday put the widow of deceased Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on a list of “terrorists and extremists,” continuing a sweeping Kremlin crackdown on the opposition. Earlier this week, a Moscow court ordered the arrest of Yulia...