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Germany says Europe's largest economy is in 'troubled waters' and cuts its growth forecast

Feb. 21, 2024 10:02 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German government said Europe's largest economy was in “troubled waters” and slashed its growth forecast for this year as it struggles with a lack of skilled labor, excessive bureaucracy, high interest rates and lagging investment in new projects — while a...

EU agrees on new sanctions against Russia days before the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 09:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Wednesday agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia to target individuals and businesses suspected of assisting Moscow in its war against Ukraine, including Chinese companies. The decision coincides with the second anniversary...

Alexei Navalny's mother files lawsuit with a Russian court demanding release of her son's body

Feb. 21, 2024 09:28 AM EST

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit at a court in the Arctic city of Salekhard contesting officials’ refusal to release her son’s body, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported Wednesday. A closed-door hearing has been scheduled for March...

Poland is concerned by pro-Putin slogans at farmers' protests, saying Russian agents may be to blame

Feb. 21, 2024 08:57 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities voiced grave concerns Wednesday after slogans praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war against Ukraine appeared at Polish farmers' protests. The Foreign Ministry said it believed that extreme groups were trying to take over the...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 21, 2024 07:15 AM EST

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News and Observer. February 14, 2024. Editorial: Thom Tillis defies Trump, tells colleagues to ‘grow a spine’ on Ukraine Last week we wrote about Sen. Thom Tillis and his disappointing decision to withhold support for the bipartisan...

How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 07:06 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin's top rival

Feb. 20, 2024 23:04 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comparing his criminal indictments to the circumstances of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the top political opponent of Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin who died in a remote arctic prison after being jailed by the Kremlin...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

A Russian court extends the pretrial detention for an American reporter accused of spying

Feb. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital ruled Tuesday to keep Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in custody pending his trial on espionage charges that he denies. The Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against Gershkovich's detention filed by his lawyers,...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy says foreign aid delays are making life 'very difficult' on the front line

Feb. 20, 2024 16:10 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Delays in weapons deliveries from Western allies to Ukraine are opening a door for Russian battlefield advances, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says, making the fight “very difficult” along parts of the front line where the Kremlin’s forces captured a strategic...