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Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

Aug. 20, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a human rights Ukrainian activist from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat following allegations that she works for Russian interests. Some government critics, however, have...

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...

Escort says oligarch now has tapes on Russia interference

Aug. 20, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — A model and escort from Belarus who caused a sensation by claiming to have information linking Russian interference to the election of President Donald Trump said Monday that she no longer has the evidence and will not talk about it. Anastasia Vashukevich, who also uses the name...

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

Aug. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local) 3 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his sadness over the death of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sent his condolences to his family. "Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for...

Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank

Aug. 18, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the state capitol building near a spot reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump. The prank, which made...

Global reactions to death of former UN chief Kofi Annan

Aug. 18, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Reactions to the death of Kofi Annan, the first black African to become U.N. secretary-general and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died early Saturday at age 80 after a short illness: ___ "In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world's loss, becomes even...

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

Aug. 18, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near...

Calls in Russia to probe World Cup flood damage

Aug. 17, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An influential campaign group close to the Kremlin has called for an investigation into how stadiums and infrastructure built for the World Cup have failed to cope with floods. An embankment outside the stadium in Volgograd collapsed onto a road on the day of the final, while leaks were...

Germany: Possible Syria meeting with France, Russia, Turkey

Aug. 17, 2018 9:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says officials are looking into the possibility of a four-way meeting on Syria involving Turkey, Russia, Germany and France. The idea of such a meeting has been raised by Turkey. Asked about the possibility Friday, Merkel stressed that there are already two...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...