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Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

Nov. 17, 2019 9:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia. As has so often been the case since President Donald Trump took office, Moscow provides the mood music...

Alleged Norwegian spy returns home after Russian prison time

Nov. 17, 2019 8:21 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A Norwegian man convicted of espionage in Russia has returned to his native country after a Cold War-style spy swap in Lithuania. Norwegian news agency NTB said Sunday that Frode Berg was flown by private jet from Vilnius, Lithuania, to Gardermoen military air base near Oslo late Saturday....

Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

Nov. 17, 2019 3:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A senior Labour party official says leaks from a report on Russian interference in British politics raises serious questions about the security of next month’s election. The Sunday Times says the report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference...

The Latest: Ex-aide says Trump persuaded to release money

Nov. 16, 2019 10:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment investigation (all times local): 7 p.m. A former national security aide to President Donald Trump has given lawmakers a new account of how military aid to Ukraine came to be released. In a transcript released Saturday, Tim...

Testimony ties president closer to pressure on Ukraine

Nov. 16, 2019 10:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearings and that Trump tweet

Nov. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he was just exercising his right to free speech. Democrats said he was intimidating a witness. Whichever is the case, Trump’s Twitter assault on an ex-ambassador’s record came with a heavy dose of distortion. He portrayed her, in a few choice...

Candidate: US intelligence, not Russians, exerted influence

Nov. 16, 2019 10:03 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in Maine says American intelligence agencies did more to influence the 2016 election than the Russians. Former state Sen. Eric Brakey is doubling down on a tweet from earlier this month. He tells the Sun Journal there’s nothing to indicate...

Diplomat says he overheard Trump call about ‘investigations’

Nov. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official told impeachment investigators Friday that he overheard President Donald Trump talking with a U.S. ambassador about “investigations” in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the testimony. David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S....

UN adds explosive components ban to Somalia arms embargo

Nov. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using. The vote on the...

December sentencing date set for ex-Trump aide Rick Gates

Nov. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set a sentencing date for next month for former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson scheduled the sentencing for the morning of December 17 in Washington’s federal court. Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 in special counsel...