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From nuclear risk to helping young families: Things to know about Putin's state-of-the-nation speech

Feb. 29, 2024 11:19 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday delivered a blunt message to the West, warning that it risks provoking a global nuclear war if it expands its involvement in the fighting in Ukraine. At the same time, Putin focused his 2-hour state-of-the-nation address...

Soviet ex-premier Nikolai Ryzhkov, who vainly tried to prevent USSR's economic meltdown, dies at 94

Feb. 28, 2024 13:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Nikolai Ryzhkov, a former Soviet prime minister who presided over botched efforts to shore up the crumbling national economy in the final years of the USSR, has died. He was 94. During his six-year tenure, Ryzhkov worked to implement Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's...

What's life like for Russia's political prisoners? Isolation, poor food and arbitrary punishment

Feb. 27, 2024 00:09 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Vladimir Kara-Murza could only laugh when officials in Penal Colony No. 6 inexplicably put a small cabinet in his already-cramped concrete cell, next to a fold-up cot, stool, sink and latrine. That moment of dark humor came because the only things he had to...

Estonia detains 10 people suspected of committing sabotage on orders from Russia

Feb. 20, 2024 11:10 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s domestic security agency said on Tuesday that it had apprehended 10 people suspected of sabotage and of spreading fear and creating tension within the Baltic country in a coordinated “hybrid operation” by Russia’s special services. Among the...

Russia's Defense Ministry says its forces have taken complete control of the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka

Feb. 17, 2024 14:57 PM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry says its forces have taken complete control of the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka.

What does it mean to claim the US is a Christian nation, and what does the Constitution say?

Feb. 17, 2024 08:11 AM EST

Many Americans believe the United States was founded as a Christian nation, and the idea is energizing some conservative and Republican activists. But the concept means different things to different people, and historians say that while the issue is complex, the founding documents prioritize...

Today in History: February 16, Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba

Feb. 16, 2024 00:14 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2024. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. ...

Biden to host Polish president and prime minister on March 12, 25 years after Poland joined NATO

Feb. 15, 2024 18:00 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden will host Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk for a meeting in Washington on March 12, the 25th anniversary of Poland’s joining the NATO Alliance, the White House said Thursday. A statement from Press...

UN chief warns climate chaos and food crises threaten global peace: 'Empty bellies fuel unrest'

Feb. 14, 2024 13:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Tuesday that climate chaos and food crises are increasing threats to global peace, telling a high-level U.N. meeting that climate disasters imperil food production and “empty bellies fuel unrest.” Secretary-General Antonio...

Are we about to find out the moon's origin? Japan's space agency says it may now have clues

Feb. 14, 2024 10:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An unmanned lunar spacecraft has captured and transmitted data analyzing 10 lunar rocks, a greater-than-expected achievement that could help provide clues about the origin of the moon, a Japan space agency official said Wednesday. For four days, the Smart Lander for...