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Fleeing Russians follow path of 1917 refugees to Istanbul

Oct. 03, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Vladimir Putin’s military draft “changed everything” for the tens of thousands of Russians who have fled their country since the Russian leader's mobilization was announced last month, according to recent arrivals in Istanbul. Niki Proshin, 28, left St....

Latvia's centrists are predicted to win national vote

Oct. 01, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia held a general election Saturday amid divisions over Russia's attack on Ukraine among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority. An exit poll predicted that the center-right will win the most votes but whoever forms the next government will face huge...

North Americans in Russia's KHL face difficult decisions

Sep. 30, 2022 04:48 AM EDT

North Americans playing in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League have been put in a difficult position amid calls from the U.S and Canadian governments for them to leave the country because of the war in Ukraine. The Canadian government has advised its citizens to leave Russia...

Ultra-Orthodox protesters block Jerusalem intersection

Sep. 29, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men on Thursday blocked a major Jerusalem intersection to protest attempts to force them to register for Israel’s military draft. Military service is mandatory for most Jewish Israeli men, but the ultra-Orthodox often receive...

Latvian election shadowed by division among ethnic Russians

Sep. 29, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvians will be voting on Saturday in a general election that has been substantially influenced by neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine, political disintegration among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority as well as issues relating to the economy, including...

Ukrainians scared by Russia's preordained referendums

Sep. 26, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — After seven months of war, many Ukrainians fear even more suffering and political repression as referendums orchestrated by the Kremlin portend Russia’s imminent annexation of four occupied regions. Many residents fled the regions before the so-called...

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...

S. Korea may conduct survey on BTS members' military duty

Aug. 31, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea may conduct a public survey to help determine whether to grant exemptions to mandatory military service to members of the K-pop boyband BTS, officials said Wednesday. The issue of active military service for the band's seven members has been a...

Putin orders Russian military to beef up forces by 137,000

Aug. 25, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered the Russian military to increase the number of troops by 137,000 to a total of 1.15 million amid Moscow’s military action in Ukraine. Putin’s decree, which takes effect on Jan. 1, didn’t specify whether the...

Finland, Sweden offer NATO an edge as rivalry warms up north

Aug. 20, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first surprise, for the Finnish conscripts and officers taking part in a NATO-hosted military exercise in the Arctic this spring: the sudden roar of a U.S. Marine helicopter assault force, touching down in a field right next to the Finns' well-hidden command post. ...