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Gary Bettman defends NHL handling of Pride night situations

Feb. 04, 2023 16:17 PM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at his state of the game news conference Saturday at All-Star Weekend defended the way the league and two teams handled situations that arose regarding Pride night celebrations. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov did not...

Funeral held for Belarusian activist killed in Ukraine

Feb. 04, 2023 13:03 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A funeral for a Belarusian military volunteer and activist who died fighting on the frontlines in eastern Ukraine was held in Kyiv on Saturday. Eduard Lobau was killed in fierce artillery battles in Vuhledar against Russian troops as part of a small but...

Dozens of soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Feb. 04, 2023 09:16 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said Saturday. Top Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said in a Telegram post that 116 Ukrainians were freed. He said...

Chinese balloon soars across US; Blinken scraps Beijing trip

Feb. 03, 2023 21:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge, high-altitude Chinese balloon sailed across the U.S. on Friday, drawing severe Pentagon accusations of spying on sensitive military sites despite China's firm denials. Secretary of State Antony Blinken abruptly canceled a high-stakes Beijing trip aimed at easing...

G-7, Europe reach deal for price cap on Russian diesel

Feb. 03, 2023 17:04 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that industrialized countries in the Group of Seven are imposing a price cap on refined Russian oil products such as diesel and kerosene, as part of a coalition that includes Australia and a tentative agreement from the European...

Olympic echoes of boycott era as Ukraine vs IOC intensifies

Feb. 03, 2023 16:18 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A contest that could define the 2024 Paris Olympics is playing out 18 months before medals are awarded. It's giving the International Olympic Committee a political challenge with echoes of the 1980s. Ukraine fired up its campaign on Friday to have...

The Emperor's Last: MMA pioneer Fedor Emelianenko retiring

Feb. 03, 2023 15:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fedor Emelianenko became a near-mythical martial arts figure two decades ago at the grey dawn of the social media age, so his earliest exploits had a tantalizing touch of mystery. His vicious knockouts and submissions weren't broadcast worldwide or posted on...

EU prepares more Russia sanctions; Kremlin readies offensive

Feb. 03, 2023 15:34 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The European Union will unveil its 10th package of sanctions against Russia on Feb. 24 to mark the anniversary of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a senior official from the bloc said in Kyiv on Friday, as Ukrainian forces gird for an expected Russian offensive in...

Ukraine pushes to exclude Russia from 2024 Paris Olympics

Feb. 03, 2023 14:58 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — With next year's Paris Olympics on the horizon and Russia’s invasion looking more like a prolonged conflict, Ukraine’s sports minister on Friday renewed a threat to boycott the games if Russia and Belarus are allowed to compete and said Kyiv would lobby other nations to...

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Feb. 03, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine (AP) — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units...