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US adds to growing list of sanctions on Russia

Aug. 21, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration added to its growing list of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday as U.S. lawmakers urged tighter economic restrictions on Moscow and Britain's top diplomat accused Russia's leader of pursuing policies that are making the world more dangerous. The Treasury...

Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence

Aug. 21, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rockets slammed into the heart of the capital of Kabul on Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani delivered a speech marking a Muslim holiday, the latest in a series of brazen attacks that highlighted Afghanistan's deteriorating security. No injuries were reported from the mortar rounds...

The Latest: Envoy: Sanctions based on malicious insinuations

Aug. 21, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Russia sanctions (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A senior Russian diplomat has denounced the latest U.S. sanctions as baseless, saying they are based on "malicious insinuations." The Treasury Department has blacklisted two companies and two individuals suspected of trying to...

Russia says Taliban plan to attend Afghan talks in Moscow

Aug. 21, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban have accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group's biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The announcement of the planned talks comes as the Taliban have expanded their footprint...

Russia displays its latest weapons at military show

Aug. 21, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. President Vladimir Putin said in an address to the Army 2018 show that opened Tuesday that it reflects the "huge potential" of Russian military industries and will serve as a platform for...

Correction: Russia Sanctions story

Aug. 21, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 20 about a speech by British foreign secretary, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Britain was asking the United States to impose further sanctions on Russia. According to excerpts of a prepared speech in Washington, Jeremy Hunt said the European Union should...

Serbia takes delivery of 2 Russian fighter jets

Aug. 21, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's air force on Tuesday took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the ceremony at a military airport...

Russia, Egypt pledge to strengthen military ties

Aug. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt have discussed ways to expand their military ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow strongly supports Egypt's efforts to combat militants in the...

Russia: West is obstructing aid to Syria, return of refugees

Aug. 20, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia lashed out at Western countries on Monday, accusing them of blocking U.N. aid for Syria's reconstruction and trying to prevent the return of refugees. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Gibran Bassil, that the U.S. refusal to provide...

Russian military braces for massive war games in the east

Aug. 20, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five days of military drills...