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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference in Washington. FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. That's according to an FBI statement issued Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Transcripts released of Flynn's calls with Russian diplomat

May. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transcripts of phone calls that played a pivotal role in the Russia investigation were declassified and released Friday, showing that Michael Flynn, as an adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump, urged Russia's ambassador to be “even-keeled” in response to punitive...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, May 10, 2020, Grave diggers wearing personal protective suits carry a coffin while burying a COVID-19 victim in the special purpose for coronavirus victims section of a cemetery in Kolpino, outside St.Petersburg, Russia.  The Russian government on Friday May 29, 2020, released updated coronavirus statistics to include deaths of those who tested positive but died of other causes.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

After criticism, Russia expands stats on virus-linked deaths

May. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government on Friday presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that authorities were trying to lower the toll for political reasons. But...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US: Russian jets in Libya present broader worries for region

May. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. Brig. Gen. Gregory Hadfield, deputy...

American facing espionage charge in Russia undergoes surgery

May. 29, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An American on trial for alleged espionage in Russia has undergone emergency surgery. Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow in December 2018, had the surgery on Thursday, according to the US Embassy and the Russian Foreign Ministry. Whelan's brother David said in a statement that the...

Police detain a protester after holding a one-man protest in violation of the city's coronavirus restrictions, in front of the city's police headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 29, 2020, the banner reads

Activists held in Russia for protesting journalist's arrest

May. 29, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Moscow and St. Petersburg detained 35 people who came out to protest Friday, in violation of city coronavirus restrictions, against the arrest of a prominent Russian journalist, the Medizona news outlet said. An opposition Moscow city council member, several journalists and...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

A woman walks past a boarded up business, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in East Cleveland, Ohio. The state says about 1.3 million Ohioans have filed unemployment claims in the past 10 weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order depressed the economy and led to widespread layoffs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says about 42,000 people filed claims for the week ending May 23. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage

May. 28, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Despite a few glimmers of hope,...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democratic lawmakers seek records on Russian ventilators

May. 28, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to provide records related to the purchase of ventilators from Russia, asserting that the machines were not only unsafe for use but also were made by a subsidiary of a Russian company under U.S. sanctions. The lawmakers, who lead...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect to coronavirus plays accordion to get some money in Mytishchi, just outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  The coronavirus outbreak has badly hurt Russia's economy, already weakened by a drop in global oil prices and Western sanctions. According to government statistics, unemployment has jumped to 4.3 million people in April, the highest number since 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Moscow updates coronavirus statistics to show more deaths

May. 28, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Health officials in Moscow updated their figures on coronavirus deaths Thursday, seeking to dispel doubts about Russia's comparatively low COVID-19 death toll. The health department in the Russian capital said Moscow's coronavirus mortality rate for April was 1.4% to 2.8% depending on the...

FILE- in this March 27, 2018 file photo a sign reading 'Emabassy of the Russian Federation' displayed at entrance of the Russian embassy in Berlin, Germany. Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev to inform him in person of the move. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack

May. 28, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev to...