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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, right, is escorted hand-cuffed after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A judge has ordered Alexei Navalny to be held in custody for 30 days, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. The ruling Monday concluded an hours-long court hearing set up at a police precinct where the politician has been held since his arrest at a Moscow airport Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Kremlin brushes aside Western calls to release Navalny

Jan. 19, 2021 1:44 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Tuesday brushed aside calls from the West to release opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested upon his return to Russia from Germany following treatment for poisoning with a nerve agent. Moscow called his case “an absolutely internal matter.” Navalny...

UK lawmakers debate 'genocide' clause to China trade deals

Jan. 19, 2021 1:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers in Britain were set to vote Tuesday on a proposal aimed at preventing the U.K. from making trade deals with any country deemed by the British High Court to be committing genocide. The amendment to the government’s post-Brexit trade bill, which already passed by a majority in...

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director Avril Haines arrives for a confirmation hearing before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Biden DNI pick says no room for politics in intel agencies

Jan. 19, 2021 1:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted. Her remarks implied a departure from the Trump administration's record of...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Pompeo says China's policies on Muslims amount to 'genocide'

Jan. 19, 2021 1:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute “crimes against humanity” and a “genocide.” The rarely used...

Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Mayorkas doesn't commit on removing border wall

Jan. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 11:55 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Department of Homeland Security says the incoming administration hasn’t decided what...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 file photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One upon arrival at Valley International Airport, in Harlingen, Texas. Iran on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of “terrorism,

Iran imposes symbolic sanctions on President Trump

Jan. 19, 2021 12:09 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of “terrorism," according to its foreign ministry website. Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that besides Trump, sanctions were...

File---File picture taken Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and United States' Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

Survey: Major European allies optimistic about Biden admin

Jan. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will assume office amid a surge in optimism among major European allies, and at home, about the future of trans-Atlantic relations and American foreign policy in general, a poll showed Tuesday. Four years of President Donald Trump's “America First"...

US puts visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials over vote

Jan. 19, 2021 11:33 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says it has placed visa restrictions on unnamed Tanzanian officials who it says were “responsible or complicit in undermining” the country’s election last year. A statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserts that the officials contributed...

Tugboats get into position on the Russian pipe-laying vessel

Russia: Gas pipeline to Germany at risk after US sanctions

Jan. 19, 2021 11:17 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state gas company Gazprom acknowledged there is a risk that its undersea pipeline to Germany could be suspended or canceled after the U.S. on Tuesday imposing sanctions on a Russian ship involved in its construction. Germany’s Economy Ministry said it had been informed in...

Libya rivals meet in Egyptian resort for talks on elections

Jan. 19, 2021 10:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan officials from rival administrations began talks Tuesday in an Egyptian Red Sea resort on constitutional arrangements laying the legal groundwork for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year, the United Nations said. U.N. acting envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said...