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Russia focuses on eastern Ukraine for possible new offensive

Feb. 01, 2023 07:42 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, local officials said Wednesday, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive in the eastern area in coming weeks as the anniversary of Moscow’s invasion approaches. Also...

War's longest battle exacts high price in 'heart of Ukraine'

Feb. 01, 2023 07:23 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — It used to be that visitors would browse through Bakhmut’s late 19th century buildings, enjoy walks in its rose-lined lakeside park and revel in the sparkling wines produced in historic underground caves. That was when this city in eastern Ukraine was a popular tourist...

Latvia considers Olympic boycott if Russians compete

Feb. 01, 2023 05:51 AM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia will consider boycotting next year's Paris Olympics if athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus are allowed to take part after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. While various governments in Europe, including Latvia, have condemned the International Olympic...

NATO chief wants more 'friends' as Russia, China move closer

Feb. 01, 2023 04:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia poses a threat not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. ...

South Korea logs record trade deficit as tech demand falls

Jan. 31, 2023 23:41 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea logged its biggest monthly trade deficit ever, at $12.7 billion in January, as exports of computer chips and other high-tech items sank and costs for importing oil and gas surged, the trade ministry said Wednesday. The growing shortfall...

US accuses Russia of endangering nuclear arms control treaty

Jan. 31, 2023 16:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's refusal to allow on-the-ground inspections to resume is endangering the New START nuclear treaty and U.S.-Russian arms control overall, the Biden administration charged on Tuesday. The finding was delivered to Congress and summarized in a statement by the...

Iran, Russia move to link banks to evade Western sanctions

Jan. 31, 2023 14:34 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and Russia have taken a key step toward linking their banking systems in a move that further boosts their cooperation in the face of Western sanctions, an Iranian official said. At a signing ceremony on Sunday, Mohsen Karami, the deputy...

Ukraine pushes for Western fighter jets after tank deals

Jan. 31, 2023 14:01 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine won support Tuesday from Baltic nations and Poland in its quest to obtain Western fighter jets, but there were no signs that larger nations like the U.S. and Britain have changed their stance of refusing to provide warplanes to Kyiv after almost a year of battling...

Unprecedented profit for Exxon as travel, and war, heated up

Jan. 31, 2023 13:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil posted record annual profits in 2022 as consumers globally struggled with high prices for gasoline, home heating and consumer goods. The energy giant brought in $55.7 billion in annual profits, exceeding its previous record of $45.22 billion in 2008,...

Lukashenko: Belarus willing to offer more help to Russia

Jan. 31, 2023 11:29 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday that his country is willing to offer more assistance to close ally Russia in its war against Ukraine. But Lukashenko stressed that Russia does not need “any help” right now. “However,...