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Russian ex-minister arrested on fraud charges

Mar. 26, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A former Russian government minister has been arrested on charges of embezzling $62 million, fueling speculation about possible fallout for the prime minister who was his political patron. Mikhail Abyzov is accused of presiding over a criminal group that allegedly siphoned 4 billion rubles...

Lebanon president criticizes Trump decision on Golan Heights

Mar. 26, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday joined critics of U.S. President Donald Trump's formal recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, saying that the move trampled on international law. Aoun, who spoke at the start of his talks with Russian President Vladimir...

Bannon: Russia probe set back efforts to work with Moscow

Mar. 26, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Tuesday that the "poisonous" atmosphere that built in Washington during the now-completed Russia investigation has set back efforts to work with Russia "to unite the Judeo-Christian West." Bannon is in Italy working to unite nationalist voters...

Ukraine's integration into West dashed by war and corruption

Mar. 26, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Five years into Ukraine's conflict with Russia, Moscow seems to have Ukraine pinned against the ropes. Ukraine's ambition of joining the European Union and NATO is indefinitely stalled. It has no realistic way to reclaim control of Russian-annexed Crimea, or to end the war with Russia-backed...

Serbia appeals court overturns verdict for Milosevic's widow

Mar. 26, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian appeals court has overturned a one-year prison sentence for the widow of former strongman Slobodan Milosevic and ordered a retrial. Mirjana Markovic is believed to be living freely in Moscow since 2003 despite the legal proceedings against her in Serbia. A Belgrade court...

Russia savors Mueller's report but expects tensions to stay

Mar. 25, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia savored an "I told you so" moment Monday after special counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow. Government officials also dismissed the extensive evidence uncovered by Mueller of Russian cyber-meddling in the 2016 presidential...

Analysis: A cloud lifts over Trump, but at a cost

Mar. 24, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cloud that has hung over President Donald Trump since the day he walked into the White House has been lifted. Yes, special counsel Robert Mueller left open the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation. Yes, separate federal probes still put Trump and his...

Ukrainian presidential candidate meets Russian PM in Moscow

Mar. 22, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian presidential candidate has traveled to Moscow to meet with the Russian prime minister to discuss gas supplies. Yuri Boyko, a rare openly pro-Russian candidate, trails far behind a comedian, a former premier and the incumbent president in opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's...

Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

Mar. 22, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and...

Former Trump business adviser to testify before House panels

Mar. 21, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian-born former business adviser to President Donald Trump will speak to two House committees next week as Democrats begin to gather information in multiple wide-ranging investigations of the president. Felix Sater, an off-and-on adviser to Trump's business for several years, will...