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Dozens of soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Feb. 04, 2023 05:25 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said Saturday. Top Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said in a Telegram post that 116 Ukrainians were freed. He said...

Qatar boosts influence in Lebanon amid multiple crises

Feb. 04, 2023 04:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Most wealthy Gulf Arab nations followed Saudi Arabia’s lead in recent years and ostracized crisis-hit Lebanon because of the growing influence of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah. The exception was Qatar. Doha has been silently expanding its influence in...

G-7, Europe reach deal for price cap on Russian diesel

Feb. 03, 2023 17:04 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that industrialized countries in the Group of Seven are imposing a price cap on refined Russian oil products such as diesel and kerosene, as part of a coalition that includes Australia and a tentative agreement from the European...

EU prepares more Russia sanctions; Kremlin readies offensive

Feb. 03, 2023 15:34 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The European Union will unveil its 10th package of sanctions against Russia on Feb. 24 to mark the anniversary of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a senior official from the bloc said in Kyiv on Friday, as Ukrainian forces gird for an expected Russian offensive in...

Ukraine pushes to exclude Russia from 2024 Paris Olympics

Feb. 03, 2023 14:58 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — With next year's Paris Olympics on the horizon and Russia’s invasion looking more like a prolonged conflict, Ukraine’s sports minister on Friday renewed a threat to boycott the games if Russia and Belarus are allowed to compete and said Kyiv would lobby other nations to...

US Rep. Spartz won't seek Indiana Senate seat — or new term

Feb. 03, 2023 13:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz said Friday she would not seek reelection to her Indiana seat next year or jump into the Republican primary for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. Spartz’s decision further solidifies the chances of U.S. Rep. Jim Banks...

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Feb. 03, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine (AP) — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units...

Cyprus presidential candidates push leadership credentials

Feb. 03, 2023 11:18 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The three front-runners vying for the presidency of ethnically split Cyprus wound down their campaigns Friday, putting pronouncements of their leadership credentials ahead of issues two days before the election. Opinion polls indicate that none of the three,...

US seeks to expel Russian mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

Feb. 03, 2023 11:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United States has stepped up pressure on Middle East allies to expel the Wagner Group, a military contractor owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russia’s president, from chaos-stricken Libya and Sudan where it has expanded in recent years, regional officials told The...

Ukraine may also get old Leopard 1 tanks from German stocks

Feb. 03, 2023 08:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Ukraine could add old Leopard 1 battle tanks from German defense industry stocks to deliveries of modern tanks that Berlin and other governments pledged last week to counter Russian forces in the war. German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit confirmed Friday...