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US warns Turkey it faces sanctions if it buys Russian system

Jun. 26, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made it clear to Turkey on Wednesday that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, as the standoff between the two NATO allies dragged on. Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump accuses Mueller of a crime

Jun. 26, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday falsely accused special counsel Robert Mueller of deleting messages that would support the president's contention that the Russia investigation was out to get him. The provocative allegation of a "crime" by Mueller was one in a series of distorted...

Trump heads to Asia for global talks on trade, Iran and more

Jun. 26, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fun and flattery are largely over for President Donald Trump as he embarks on his third overseas trip in a month, this time facing a flurry of international crises, tense negotiations and a growing global to-do list. Trump heads first to Osaka, Japan, for the annual Group of 20...

Democrats hope Mueller testimony will have 'profound impact'

Jun. 26, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he expects special counsel Robert Mueller to have "a profound impact" when he testifies before Congress on July 17, even though Mueller has said he won't provide any new information. Mueller's unusual back-to-back testimony in front of...

Video review creates drama at Women's World Cup

Jun. 26, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Video review has created confusion at the Women's World Cup. The Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, was integrated into the men's World Cup in Russia last year, leading to calls for it to also be used for the women's tournament in France. But it certainly hasn't gone as smoothly as it did for...

Georgia strips lawmaker of immunity in protest case

Jun. 26, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's parliament voted Wednesday to lift an opposition lawmaker's legal immunity, opening him to prosecution on charges of inciting disorder at a protest last week. The move intensified political tensions in the country, where thousands have held protests outside parliament...

Seoul: US, N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Jun. 26, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting...

AP Interview: Russia hails Norway-brokered Venezuela talks

Jun. 26, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's envoy on Venezuela said that Norway-brokered talks between the South American country's government and the opposition have raised a glimmer of hope for settling the crisis, strongly warning the U.S. against using force. Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's...

NATO weighs boost to air defenses over Russia missile system

Jun. 26, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is considering beefing up European air and missile defenses and ramping up its war games plans should Russia fail to respect a Cold War-era nuclear missile treaty by August, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Wednesday. The United States gave notice in February of its...

Russia hails return European body amid objections

Jun. 26, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials are hailing the decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to ratify credentials of the country's delegation, restoring Russia's participation five years after being stripped of voting rights. But seven countries including Ukraine said Wednesday they...