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EXPLAINER: What's next after Russia reduced gas to Europe?

Jun. 21, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

It’s not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner. Here are key things to know about the energy...

Russia again cuts natural gas exports to European countries

Jun. 17, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia reduced natural gas to Europe again Friday, including cutting flows by half to Italy and Slovakia and completely to France, as countries have worked to ease their dependence on Russian supplies amid the war in Ukraine. It marks the third day of significant...

Fire in apartment building kills 4 in central Slovakia

Jun. 16, 2022 05:46 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A fire broke out in an apartment building in Slovakia overnight, killing at least four people, officials said on Thursday. Police said the fire started in an apartment on the fifth floor of the building in the town of Handlova, in central Slovakia. ...

Former Czech PM loses case on secret police collaborating

Jun. 14, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis against allegations that he collaborated with Czechoslovakia’s communist-era secret police. The Slovak-born Babis was suing Slovakia’s Institute of the Nation’s...

Czech brewer Budvar reports record export increase in 2021

Jun. 13, 2022 07:08 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. company Anheuser-Busch over use of the Budweiser brand, increased its beer exports last year despite the pandemic. Budejovicky Budvar NP, a 126-year-old state-owned brewery, said Monday its...

NATO's eastern nations want better protection from alliance

Jun. 10, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Nine NATO nations on the alliance's eastern flank held talks Friday in Romania ahead of a key NATO summit later this month, with some leaders urging NATO to step up protections for them in light of Russia's protracted war against Ukraine. Friday's summit...

Live updates | Ukraine says Russia pounding Sievierodonetsk

Jun. 08, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office says Russian troops have changed their tactics in the battle for Sievierodonetsk. Oleksiy Arestovych said Wednesday that Russian soldiers have retreated from the city and are now pounding it with...

Dozens injured in train crash in northwestern Slovakia

Jun. 03, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A train engine hit a stopped passenger train in Slovakia on Friday, injuring dozens of people, four of them seriously, police said. There were around 100 people on the train at the time of the crash, which occurred near the town of Vrutky in the...

Live updates | U.S. to hold Russia accountable for crimes

Jun. 02, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS —The United States and its allies are vowing to hold Russia accountable for crimes committed by its forces since they invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. U.S. Undersecretary of State Uzra Zeya told a U.N. Security Council meeting Thursday on strengthening accountability and...

Hungary's Orban wins exemption in EU Russian oil embargo

May. 31, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's divisive leader has once again got his own way with the European Union — this time in tough negotiations on Russian oil at a summit in Brussels. And nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wasn't shy about trumpeting his success in leveraging...