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Sondland’s opening statement at House impeachment hearing

Nov. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Text of the opening statement by Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, to the House Intelligence Committee at an impeachment hearing Wednesday. The statement was released by the committee: Thank you Mr. Chairman for the opportunity to speak again to the Members of this...

Russia returns 3 seized ships to Ukraine, talks about summit

Nov. 18, 2019 10:56 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Ukrainian naval ships that were seized by Russia nearly a year ago have been returned, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. The two gunboats and a tug were taken by the Russian coast guard on Nov. 25, 2018, as they maneuvered near the Kerch Strait that connects the Black Sea...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s attack on diplomat, impeachment myths

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth was lost in the first round of historic impeachment hearings as President Donald Trump launched a tweet attack on a senior U.S. diplomat that distorted reality and Republicans cried foul, claiming improper stifling of questioning that wasn’t so. Over two days, the hearings...

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...

The Latest: Ousted Ukraine ambassador has her say in hearing

Nov. 16, 2019 2:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment hearings (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Attorney General William Barr says congressional Democrats are drowning government agencies with an “avalanche of subpoenas” in order to “incapacitate” the...

Conflicting White House accounts of 1st Trump-Zelenskiy call

Nov. 15, 2019 8:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump released the rough transcript Friday of a congratulatory phone call he had with the incoming president of Ukraine, holding it out as evidence he did nothing wrong. Instead, the memorandum shows how White House descriptions of Trump’s communications with...

Belarus holds vote, ignores blatant ballot box stuffing

Nov. 15, 2019 6:58 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus is holding a parliamentary election but with top opposition candidates kept off the ballot, only loyalists to the nation’s authoritarian president will win in what observers see as a dress rehearsal for next year’s similarly skewered presidential vote. Belarus...

MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels

Nov. 14, 2019 10:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links between Russia and separatists in the region were closer than previously...

AP FACT CHECK: GOP presses empty Ukraine meddling theory

Nov. 14, 2019 12:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans pressed the discredited theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election in defending President Donald Trump in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings. A look at some of the remarks in the House Intelligence Committee proceeding: ___ REP. DEVIN NUNES, top...

Why Ukraine matters, and not only to Trump and his rivals

Nov. 13, 2019 6:19 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is playing a starring role in the historic U.S. impeachment hearings — and Ukrainians themselves wish the whole thing would just go away. The lively, if troubled, young democracy seems destined to be tangled up in other people’s problems. With four EU countries on...