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Russia starts army drills to respond to Central Asia threats

Jun. 24, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has launched a massive exercise to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day drills that began Monday will "check the armed forces' ability to ensure security in the Central Asian region that faces...

Georgia: Protests held by parliament for 4th straight day

Jun. 23, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of protesters convened for a fourth straight day outside the Georgian parliament building, calling Sunday for the resignation of the interior minister and for changes in the election code. The anti-government protests that started Thursday also focus on Russian control of...

2,000 demonstrate in Moscow against police falsifications

Jun. 23, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 2,000 people rallied in Moscow to protest the falsifying of cases by Russian police and the detention of political activists. The demonstration on Sunday, which authorities had sanctioned to take place, was the latest in a series of protests sparked by the arrest this month of a...

Large protest at Georgia's parliament for 3rd straight day

Jun. 22, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators crowded outside Georgia's parliament Saturday night for the third straight day of protests that have kindled tensions in the country and prompted Russia to block air connections with its neighbor. The throng was mostly orderly but insistent in its array of...

Russians back sisters charged with murder in father's death

Jun. 22, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Dozens of people have demonstrated in St. Petersburg to support three young women charged with killing their allegedly abusive father and to demand stronger laws against domestic violence in Russia. The sisters were arrested in the stabbing death of their father, Mikhail...

AP FACT CHECK: The silent partner in Trump's boasts

Jun. 22, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for example, Trump can brag about U.S. energy supremacy thanks...

Krakow confirmed to host 2023 European Games

Jun. 22, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Polish city of Krakow has been confirmed as the host of the 2023 European Games. It was the only bidder after a Russian plan to hold the games in Kazan fizzled out. It will continue the European Games' run of being hosted in Eastern European countries after Azerbaijan held the...

Devils select US center Hughes with 1st pick in NHL draft

Jun. 22, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The first round of the NHL draft wasn't so much unpredictable as the game is becoming more international. That was Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill's observation following an opening round Friday that featured an international theme and numerous twists. Selected by...

Georgians keep protesting despite speaker's resignation

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The speaker of Georgia's parliament stepped down Friday in the wake of violent clashes that left at least 240 people injured, but the move failed to assuage protesters, who returned to the streets demanding that the interior minister also step down over a brutal police response. A...

The Latest: Putin suspends flying Russians to Georgia

Jun. 21, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The Latest on protests in the Georgian capital (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian airlines to suspend the transportation of Russian citizens to Georgia, saying the move is necessary to protect national security. The decree on the suspension,...