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Andrew Tate awaits ruling on appeal of detention in Romania

Feb. 01, 2023 08:02 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrew Tate, the divisive influencer and former professional kickboxer who is detained in Romania on suspicion of organized crime and human trafficking, appeared at a court in Bucharest on Wednesday to appeal against a second 30-day extension of his detention. ...

Bulgaria and Serbia diversify energy supplies

Feb. 01, 2023 07:58 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The presidents of Bulgaria and Serbia on Wednesday launched the construction of the Bulgarian part of a gas link that is designed to diversify the energy supplies of a region that until recently was almost fully dependent on natural gas deliveries from Russia. ...

Convicted Khmer Rouge leader moved to Cambodian state prison

Feb. 01, 2023 07:51 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Khieu Samphan, who was convicted by a U.N.-backed tribunal of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role as a leader of the communist Khmer Rouge when they ruled Cambodia in 1975-1979, has been transferred from the tribunal’s jail to serve his life...

Russia focuses on eastern Ukraine for possible new offensive

Feb. 01, 2023 07:42 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, local officials said Wednesday, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive in the eastern area in coming weeks as the anniversary of Moscow’s invasion approaches. Also...

Russian journalist sentenced for speaking out on Ukraine

Feb. 01, 2023 07:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday sentenced a Russian journalist in absentia to eight years in prison on charges of disparaging the military, the latest move in the authorities' relentless crackdown on dissent. Alexander Nevzorov, a television journalist and former...

Day of disruption in UK as hundreds of thousands join strike

Feb. 01, 2023 06:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of schools in the U.K. closed some or all of their classrooms, train services were paralyzed and delays were expected at airports Wednesday in what’s shaping up to be the biggest day of industrial action Britain has seen in more than a decade, as unions step up pressure...

EU official pushes Musk for Twitter's progress on new rules

Feb. 01, 2023 06:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A top European Union official told Elon Musk that Twitter needs to make progress in preparing for a new law aimed at curbing hate speech, misinformation and other harmful content, adding pressure on the company to ensure it complies. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton...

Republican-led panel targets COVID relief dollars for review

Feb. 01, 2023 06:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 people have pleaded guilty or have been convicted on federal charges of defrauding the myriad COVID-19 relief programs that Congress established in the early days of the pandemic. And more than 600 other people and entities face federal fraud charges. ...

Ghosts of police reform past haunt a newly divided Congress

Feb. 01, 2023 06:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before President Joe Biden made his first address to Congress in 2021, a graphic video was released of a Black man being killed at the hands of police. The country watched the now hauntingly familiar scene play out across its screens. Family members...

Anti-Asian hate 'runs the gamut,' racist Yelp reviews show

Feb. 01, 2023 06:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As if running a restaurant during a pandemic wasn't tough enough, Christopher Wong also had to contend with a racist troll. “I will not have my dog eat in this place because they might cook him,” read the Yelp review of Wong's eatery, the Curry Up Cafe in...