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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens for a journalist's question during his annual roundup news conference in Moscow, Russia. Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways on Thursday April 30, 2020, to advance peace process for eastern Ukraine, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia says US leaving overflight treaty will hurt security

May. 26, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday that the U.S. decision to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities would erode global security by making it more difficult for governments to interpret the intentions of other nations. President Donald Trump last week...

Libyan official: Tripoli forces seize another key town

May. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government in Tripoli said on Thursday that they have wrestled another key town from their rivals who have been trying to capture the Libyan capital for over a year. The fall of the town of al-Asabaa, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa

May. 20, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN Secretary-General warns virus pandemic threatens...

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump 'looking to save lives' on ventilator shipments abroad

May. 19, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once short on ventilators but now awash with extras, the United States has delivered 1,271 ventilators to seven countries, with the latest shipment going to El Salvador. A senior administration official said Tuesday that the ventilators had been sold and delivered to Australia, Canada,...

Russian army officers wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Russia has continued to see a steady rise of new infections, and new hot spots have emerged across the vast country of 147-million people that ranks the second in the world behind the United States in the number of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia says it scales down war games amid pandemic

May. 19, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow has scaled down its military drills amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian military also has decided not to conduct any war games near the country's borders with NATO member nations during the outbreak. Russia-West...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, April 3, 2020, a worker covers the statue of a Soviet World War II commander Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev for removal from its site in Prague, Czech Republic. Relations between the Czech Republic and Russia have taken a turn for the worse in a series of disputes over the interpretation of historical events. Three Prague politicians whose recent actions upset Russia have been placed under police protection amid a media report that Russian intelligence services have been plotting to poison them with the deadly toxin ricin. Russia has opened a criminal investigation into Prague's removal of a war memorial to a World War II hero, among other actions that have tested diplomatic ties.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

Czech-Russian relations plunge amid differences over history

May. 8, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — It began with the dismantling of a statue of a Russian World War II hero and the renaming of a Prague square. Now three of the Czech capital's mayors are under police protection, fearing they are the targets of a Russian assassin carrying a deadly toxin, and Russian-Czech relations are in...

A worker covers the statue of a Soviet World War II commander Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev after its been removed from its site in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, April 3, 2020. Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument, unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980 when the country was occupied by Soviet troops, has been a source of controversy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Top Russian diplomat dismisses Czech claims of poison plot

Apr. 30, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat on Thursday angrily dismissed media reports alleging a Russian plot to poison the mayor of Prague and another official in the Czech capital amid a tug-of-war over a Soviet military commander's statue. Respekt weekly said in its latest edition published on Monday that...

FILE - In this March 29, 2019 file photo, a Ukrainian solder checks his weapon as he guards on the contact line in the village of Zolote 4, eastern Ukraine. Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways to advance the peace process for eastern Ukraine on Thursday April 30, 2020, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Top diplomats discuss peace plans for eastern Ukraine

Apr. 30, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways to advance the peace process for eastern Ukraine in Thursday's call, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. The call follows a December summit in Paris where the leaders of the four nations agreed to make additional...

FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo, Tripoli government forces clash with forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, south of the capital Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

Eastern Libyan forces say Turkish drone killed 5 civilians

Apr. 28, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Eastern Libyan forces laying siege to the country's capital of Tripoli accused their rivals Tuesday of staging an attack in which a Turkish drone hit a food truck convoy in the country’s west, killing at least five civilians. The militia groups loosely allied with a U.N.-supported but...

In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia's foreign minister has angrily rejected Western claims that Moscow is using the coronavirus crisis to expand its political influence. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday, April 14 that suggestions from some in the West that Russia had opaque motives for helping Italy respond to the virus resulted from

Development bank to allocate $15 bln to tackle virus fallout

Apr. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The New Development Bank will allocate up to $15 billion for loans to help the so-called BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - boost their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday. “We believe that it should become a...