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The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

Probe shows that Russian jet had excessive landing speed

Jun. 14, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A preliminary probe into last month's crash of a Russian passenger jet that left 41 dead has found the plane was going at an excessive speed when it made an emergency landing. The report released Friday by the Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee that investigates crashes in Russia and...

A year after World Cup, Russia toasts big soccer crowds

Jun. 14, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A year after hosting the World Cup, Russia is boasting the biggest club soccer crowds since Soviet days and participation at the amateur level is on the rise. Still, there are signs of trouble for the sport. Fans are concerned about efforts to bring tight World Cup security measures to...

Putin fires police officers involved in journalist's case

Jun. 13, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed two senior police officers involved in the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that were later dropped for lack of evidence, in a case that provoked national outrage. The firings, which came a day after massive arrests...

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks agrees to Judiciary interview

Jun. 12, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee, the panel announced Wednesday, a breakthrough for Democrats who have been frustrated by President Donald Trump's broad stonewalling of their investigations. The...

Hundreds detained in Moscow protest over journalist's case

Jun. 12, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of people were detained Wednesday as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a...

Russian journalist freed after police abruptly drop charges

Jun. 11, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a stunning turnaround, Russian authorities Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges against a prominent investigative reporter after a public and media outcry over his arrest, and they promised to go after the police who allegedly tried to frame him as a drug dealer. The release of Ivan...

The Latest: Freed Russian journalist thanks supporters

Jun. 11, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a Russian journalist arrested on drug charges (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A prominent Russian journalist absolved of drug-dealing charges under public pressure has thanked his supporters and promised to continue his investigations. The 36-year-old Ivan Golunov was stopped by...

Georgian leader sees NATO future, seeks tough line on Russia

Jun. 10, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president wants Western countries to do more to face up to Russia and the "very heavy pressure" she says Moscow exerts on her nation as it pursues a "natural road" toward integrating with Europe. Salome Zurabishvili, who took office as Georgia's first woman president in December,...

Russian opposition activists sentenced to 15 days in jail

Jun. 10, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in jail on the day he was to be released. A Moscow court on Monday found Leonid Volkov guilty of violating rules for holding a rally last year. Navalny is the most prominent foe of Russian President Vladimir...