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AP WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

Jan. 16, 2019 1:09 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran's powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later. His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied...

Moscow courts extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen

Jan. 15, 2019 10:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has extended the detention of eight Ukrainian seamen who were among 24 captured by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. Three Ukrainian vessels and their crews were fired at and seized by the Russians in November. Russia insists the men should be put on trial for violating...

Building at renowned Kiev monastery complex catches fire

Jan. 14, 2019 12:55 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Fire has broken out in a building at the renowned Pechersk monastery complex in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, but is not endangering any significant buildings and there have been no reported injuries. The fire broke out Monday afternoon on the second floor of the two-story building and spread...

Russia tells Japan retaking Pacific islands not on horizon

Jan. 14, 2019 12:24 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat threw cold water Monday on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of four Pacific islands at the center of territorial dispute, warning Japan it must recognize the islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks. The stern statement from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,...

Russian novel tells story of survival, love in Stalin's camp

Jan. 14, 2019 11:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Guzel Yakhina's grandmother was a little girl when Soviet agents burst into her home and deported the whole family to the frozen woods of Siberia. Decades later, she shared those memories with her granddaughter, telling her of immense suffering and death, but also of resilience. Out of those...

Ahead of visit, Putin gets church in Serbia named after him

Jan. 14, 2019 6:54 AM EST

BANSTOL, Serbia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin already has a village, a wax figure, a plum brandy and several cafes named after him in Serbia. Now, he's getting a church. Topped with Russian-style green-and-gold onion-shaped domes, the church in this tiny village in northwestern Serbia is still...

Trump's weekend: New Russia questions, shutdown irritants

Jan. 14, 2019 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't the weekend that President Donald Trump wanted: largely alone at the White House, irked by a pair of startling Russia headlines and baffled that he's not getting more credit for staying put during the partial government shutdown. Trump surprised his aides by deciding, with just...

WADA panel to rule on Russia doping data as visit continues

Jan. 13, 2019 12:23 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors' bid to obtain doping data will head into a sixth day in the Russian capital as a WADA panel prepares to rule whether Russia has kept its word on the issue. WADA reinstated the Russian anti-doping agency in September — against protests from numerous...

Russian court rejects National Guard chief's slander lawsuit

Jan. 13, 2019 9:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has rejected a slander lawsuit the head of Russia's National Guard brought against an opposition leader who had alleged wide-scale corruption in the guard. Gen. Viktor Zolotov, a longtime bodyguard for Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sought a retraction and 1 million...

The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

Jan. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Syrian state media are reporting that air defense units have responded to "hostile targets" near the capital of Damascus. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus. It...