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Veteran US investment manager detained in Moscow

Feb. 15, 2019 2:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran U.S. investment fund manager was detained in Moscow on Friday and faces fraud charges in a case that's likely to rattle the Russian business community. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained alongside two other fund managers in the...

AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Feb. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A month into Venezuela's high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his...

AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Feb. 14, 2019 9:57 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said in an AP interview Thursday that his foreign minister recently held secret talks in New York with the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, even as the Trump administration was publicly backing an effort to unseat the Venezuelan president. While harshly...

IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Feb. 14, 2019 5:39 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts in and...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

Feb. 14, 2019 5:28 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 30 years ago, the withdrawal was hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire. Since then, Moscow's view of the war has changed radically. As Russia prepares to mark Friday's anniversary of...

Kremlin looks into reports of high pollution in mining town

Feb. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin is looking into reports of alarmingly high pollution levels in a town in the Urals emanating from a decommissioned copper mine. Carbon dioxide levels in Sibay, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, skyrocketed earlier this month and peaked over the weekend when they...

AP Interview: Envoy says Russia's clout in Afghanistan rises

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian envoy asserted Wednesday that the U.S. has "completely failed" in Afghanistan, opening the way for Moscow to play the role of peace broker in the war-torn country from which the Soviets pulled out in 1989. The remarks by Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for...

Trump former inaugural committee chair defends Saudi Arabia

Feb. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The man who led President Donald Trump's inaugural committee has said America is in no moral position to criticize Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "Whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal, or worse," Tom...