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Moscow to shut shops, schools as COVID-19 deaths soar

Oct. 21, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Moscow on Thursday announced plans to shut restaurants, cinemas and non-food stores and introduce other restrictions later this month, as Russia registered the highest daily numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic. ...

Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize Wednesday in a clear slap at President Vladimir Putin. In awarding the...

Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for an inclusive government

Oct. 20, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday involving senior representatives of the Taliban and neighboring nations, a round of diplomacy that underlined Moscow's clout in Central Asia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the talks and...

Russians to stay off work for a week as virus deaths rise

Oct. 20, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered most Russians to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths, and he strongly urged reluctant citizens to get vaccinated. The government coronavirus task force...

WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week

Oct. 20, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said there was a 7% rise in new coronavirus cases across Europe last week, the only region in the world where cases increased, and said uneven vaccine uptake posed a threat to the continent. In its weekly assessment of the...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 20, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct.18 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Colin Powell's efforts to build bridges, steer GOP from extremism: Much as Colin Powell deserves a tribute as America’s first...

President Vladimir Putin backs proposal to give Russian workers a week off amid soaring virus infections, deaths

Oct. 20, 2021 08:19 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin backs proposal to give Russian workers a week off amid soaring virus infections, deaths.

FBI at Russian oligarch's homes for 'law enforcement' action

Oct. 19, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents were carrying out “law enforcement activity” on Tuesday at a Washington mansion and New York City townhouse tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. FBI officials would not provide...

As deaths rise, Russian doctors despair at low vaccine rate

Oct. 19, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Dr. Georgy Arbolishvili doesn’t need to see government statistics or hear about the records being broken every day for infections and deaths to know that Russia is struggling through a particularly alarming phase of the coronavirus pandemic. He simply...

Russia's virus infections over 8 million; daily deaths high

Oct. 18, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s total number of coronavirus infections has topped 8 million, more than 5% of the population, and the daily infection toll hit a new record. The national coronavirus task force said Monday that 34,325 new infections over the past day raised the...