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2 Russian villages evacuated after fire at munitions depot

Aug. 19, 2022 07:05 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The residents of two villages in Russia’s Belgorod region on Ukraine’s northeastern border were evacuated after a fire at a munitions depot near the village of Timonovo. The fire is the latest in a series of destructive incidents on Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine...

High-level talks in Ukraine yield little reported progress

Aug. 18, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Turkey's leader and the U.N. chief met in Ukraine with President Volodymr Zelenskyy on Thursday in a high-powered bid to ratchet down a war raging for nearly six months. But little immediate progress was reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he...

Estonian minister defends visa ban against Russian tourists

Aug. 18, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister on Thursday defended his country’s decision to bar Russian tourists, saying they are shirking their “moral responsibility” to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and its “genocidal war” in Ukraine. ...

Ship that Ukraine alleges has stolen wheat likely off Syria

Aug. 18, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Russian cargo ship that Ukraine alleges holds stolen wheat from territory seized by Moscow appears to have reached the Syrian port of Tartus, according to satellite images analyzed Thursday by The Associated Press. The arrival of the SV...

China, Japan officials meet amid Taiwan tensions

Aug. 18, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Japanese officials have met in northern China amid renewed tensions over Beijing's military threats against Taiwan and after Tokyo protested China's firing of missiles into Japan's exclusive economic zone during recent military drills. The meeting...

EU to host Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels amid tensions

Aug. 17, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Wartime rivals Serbia and Kosovo are holding high-level crisis talks on Thursday which European Union mediators hope will de-escalate growing tensions in the Balkans, where Russia has tried to further increase its influence amid the war in Ukraine. Hopes...

Sweden presents plan to tackle high winter power bills

Aug. 17, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's government said Wednesday it wants to pass legislation forcing the country's public power transmission network operator to help reduce household and business electricity bills this winter. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, whose Social Democratic...

Today in History: August 17, Fulton steamboat on the Hudson

Aug. 17, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2022. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 17, 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Visitors,” were...

Donetsk leader calls for 'beneficial' ties with North Korea

Aug. 16, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for cooperation amid signs the North is considering sending laborers for restoration projects in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. ...

Leaders of Ukraine, Turkey and UN to meet Thursday in Lviv

Aug. 16, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have accepted an invition from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to meet Thursday to review the deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be shipped to world markets to help alleviate the global...