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Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series

Jun. 16, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Semyon Varlamov is the wily veteran, coming off a season in which he set career bests in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for the New York Islanders. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the league's wins leader over the past four years for the Tampa...

UN chief criticizes Central African Republic forces' actions

Jun. 16, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized the Central African Republic’s security and allied forces in a new report for an “unprecedented increase in hostile threats and incidents” targeting U.N. peacekeepers and alleged human rights abuses. ...

'Practical work' summit for Biden, Putin: No punches or hugs

Jun. 16, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin exchanged cordial words and plotted modest steps on arms control and diplomacy but emerged from their much-anticipated Swiss summit Wednesday largely where they started -- with deep differences on human rights,...

Biden trip takeaways: Respect, optimism, some skepticism

Jun. 16, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip put his diplomatic and negotiating philosophy on display, as he rallied traditional U.S. democratic allies to confront new and old challenges and offered an often rosy take on the possibilities of cooperation with Russian...

Biden, Putin discuss ambassadors, nuclear weapons and more

Jun. 16, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia spent more than three hours discussing issues Wednesday at their summit in Geneva. They ticked through their respective lists so quickly and in such “excruciating detail,” Biden says, that they looked at each other and thought, “OK, what...

SUMMIT NOTEBOOK: Biden gives Putin custom aviator sunglasses

Jun. 16, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — President Joe Biden marked his first presidential summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin with a gift, presenting his counterpart with a pair of custom aviator sunglasses. Biden is so known for wearing aviator shades that he's sometimes parodied over them. He...

Ukraine police seize cash in raids on major ransomware gang

Jun. 16, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian police have carried out nearly two dozen raids targeting alleged associates of a Russian-speaking ransomware gang it blamed for a half billion dollars in cyberattacks and extortion that hit the United States and South Korea especially hard. A...

Sunshine, fatalism and 2 world views from 2 world leaders

Jun. 16, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking near the steamy banks of a shimmering lake in Switzerland, one president nonchalantly removed his jacket and spoke confidently about standing up to an adversary. The other held court in a bland, air-conditioned room where he sought to portray strength amid...

Italy impress again in 3-0 win over Switzerland at Euro 2020

Jun. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The wingers sprint forward like Ferraris. The midfielders are just as capable at scoring as the forwards. And the reserves look like starters. A new-look Italy is impressing with its offensive flair at the European Championship. ...

Meronk breaking boundaries as first Polish player in a major

Jun. 16, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adrian Meronk takes his place in major championship history this week before even hitting a shot in the U.S. Open. By now, he's used to that. Any introduction of Meronk usually starts with the same description: First Polish player....