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Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

Dec. 13, 2018 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage." National...

Russia says it's willing to keep key arms treaty with US

Dec. 13, 2018 11:01 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is willing to preserve a landmark arms treaty with the United States. The remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov came after the U.S. officially announced last week that it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty...

Woman accused of being Russian agent expected to change plea

Dec. 13, 2018 10:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government was expected to plead guilty Thursday, days after prosecutors signaled they had reached a deal. Maria Butina, 30, was to appear before a federal judge, who must sign off on any plea arrangement. The gun rights activist,...

Russian parliament runs rap song contest amid crackdown

Dec. 13, 2018 8:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament on Thursday announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values....

Russia expels Slovak diplomat over spying spat

Dec. 13, 2018 6:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has ordered the expulsion of a Slovak diplomat, responding in kind to a move by Slovakia over allegations a Russian diplomat was working as a spy under diplomatic cover. Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said last week his country has expelled the Russian diplomat,...

Montenegro to try in absentia suspect in failed coup

Dec. 13, 2018 5:54 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegrin court says it will try in absentia a suspect in a failed 2016 pro-Russia coup who fled to the Serbian Embassy to avoid detention. Branka Milic walked out of the courtroom during a hearing last month, complaining that her rights had been violated. The court then...

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Dec. 12, 2018 8:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss' alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump's "dirty deeds"...

The Latest: Media firm that aided Trump won't be prosecuted

Dec. 12, 2018 8:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump...

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

Dec. 12, 2018 5:24 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal. He also urged the...

Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea

Dec. 12, 2018 3:54 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission. A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter...