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US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Jan. 21, 2022 22:08 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv. ...

UN chief: World more unpredictable than during the Cold War

Jan. 21, 2022 18:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the current world is “much more chaotic, much less predictable” than during the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States, and it's dangerous because there are no “instruments” to deal with...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

Envoy: US will sanction those who undermine peace in Bosnia

Jan. 21, 2022 15:54 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The United States remains committed to Bosnia and will continue to impose sanctions on individuals who engage in corruption and “sow divisions” in the Balkan nation, which has never fully recovered from its brutal 1992-95 war, a top U.S. official said...

Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

Jan. 21, 2022 15:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case. Igor Fruman was told to report to prison March 14. He pleaded...

Poland's ex-president Solidarity leader Walesa has COVID

Jan. 21, 2022 15:23 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s former president and former Solidarity pro-democracy movement leader, Lech Walesa, said Friday that he has COVID-19. The 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said on Facebook that he was surprised to find out he is infected despite the three...

Igor Fruman, who aided Giuliani in Ukraine, gets 1 year in prison for giving a Russian’s cash to US politicians

Jan. 21, 2022 14:44 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Igor Fruman, who aided Giuliani in Ukraine, gets 1 year in prison for giving a Russian’s cash to US politicians.

In 3-week isolation, unvaccinated athlete waits for Olympics

Jan. 21, 2022 13:23 PM EST

Three weeks alone in a hotel room is hardly an ideal setting for a snowboarder preparing for the Olympics. Patrizia Kummer, a Swiss athlete who won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is unvaccinated against the coronavirus, so she is spending 21 days in isolation in China...

Bulgaria limits classes, events to curb latest virus surge

Jan. 21, 2022 12:22 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Health authorities stepped up anti-infection measures in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, and other major cities in response to a surge in new coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. Schools are limiting in-person classes, requiring...

US academics use radar to help seek missing in split Cyprus

Jan. 21, 2022 11:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.S. academics who help locate Holocaust mass graves and execution sites in Eastern Europe have used ground-penetrating radar to seek burial sites on Cyprus of people missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and earlier interethnic strife. Team leader Harry M....