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Latvia's centrists are predicted to win national vote

Oct. 01, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russia’s attack on Ukraine shaped the general election Saturday in neighboring Latvia, where divisions among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority were expected to influence the makeup of parliament and war-induced energy concerns will dominate the next...

Fewer Russians cross border to flee despite military call-up

Oct. 01, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Fewer Russians have crossed into neighbouring countries in recent days, according to local authorities, despite persistent anxiety over the partial mobilization the Kremlin launched less than two weeks ago to bolster its forces fighting in Ukraine. The mass...

Russia withdraws troops after Ukraine encircles key city

Oct. 01, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — After being encircled by Ukrainian forces, Russia pulled troops out Saturday from an eastern Ukrainian city that it had been using as a front-line hub. It was the latest victory for the Ukrainian counteroffensive that has humiliated and angered the Kremlin. ...

Danes: Nord Stream 2 pipeline seems to have stopped leaking

Oct. 01, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish Energy Agency says one of two ruptured natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking natural gas. The agency said on Twitter on Saturday that it had been informed by the company operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline...

Russia blindfolds, detains Ukraine nuclear plant chief

Oct. 01, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe’s largest nuclear plant, Ukraine’s nuclear power provider said Saturday, reigniting long-simmering fears over the plant's security. The alleged kidnapping on Friday apparently took place shortly...

Western push on China, Russia at UN rights body faces test

Oct. 01, 2022 02:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Western countries are leading a rare two-pronged push at the U.N.’s main human rights body to better scrutinize the human rights records of two big world powers: China, over allegations of abuses during an anti-extremism campaign in western Xinjiang, and Russia, over its...

Russia vetoes UN resolution calling its referendums illegal

Sep. 30, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution Friday that would have condemned its referendums in four Ukrainian regions as illegal, declared them invalid and urged all countries not to recognize any annexation of the territory claimed by Moscow. The vote in the 15-member...

West rejects Putin's claim it sabotaged Baltic gas pipelines

Sep. 30, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging Russia-built natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to Germany, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies. Nordic nations said the undersea blasts that...

Biden vows Russia won't 'get away with' Ukraine annexation

Sep. 30, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its allies hit back at Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Friday, slapping sanctions on more than 1,000 people and companies including arms supply networks as President Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin he can't "get away with" seizing...

Putin illegally annexes Ukraine land; Kyiv seeks NATO entry

Sep. 30, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to illegally annex more occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his war. Ukraine's president countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance. Putin’s land-grab and...