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Iran drops spy charges against French-Iranian academic

Jan. 7, 2020 12:34 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A researcher with dual French-Iranian nationality held for months in a notorious Tehran prison will not be tried on espionage charges, her lawyer said Tuesday. But she and another French researcher still face other security-related charges. Iranian prosecutors dropped the spying charges...

FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to mark his 20th year in power, as the longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Putin, Ukraine's leader talk about natural gas, prisoners

Dec. 31, 2019 7:19 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Ukraine have spoken by telephone to express satisfaction with a newly signed contract on natural gas transit and the recent exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia-backed rebels in Ukraine's east. A Kremlin statement says the Tuesday call between Russian...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he'll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump faces raft of foreign policy challenges in new year

Dec. 30, 2019 2:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he'll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign. American troops are still engaged in America's longest war in...

A Russia-backed separatist soldier escorts a group of separatists war prisoners after they were exchanged near the checkpoint Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in the east have begun exchanging prisoners in a move aimed at ending their five-year-long war. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Ukraine, eastern rebels swap prisoners in move to end war

Dec. 29, 2019 11:36 AM EST

MAIORSK CHECKPOINT, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine on Sunday exchanged 200 prisoners in a move aimed at ending their five-year war. The swap at a checkpoint near the rebel-held city of Horlivka was part of an agreement brokered this month at a summit of the...

Ukraine, separatists expected to swap prisoners on Sunday

Dec. 28, 2019 9:02 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kyiv expects to swap prisoners with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Saturday. The exchange was brokered by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents at peace talks in Paris earlier this month. Zelenskiy and Russian...

French, Australian academics jailed in Iran on hunger strike

Dec. 26, 2019 2:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French-Iranian researcher locked up in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison has gone on a hunger strike along with an academic and co-prisoner from Australia, a rights group said. The hunger strikes by Iranian-born French researcher Fariba Adelkhah and Kylie Moore-Gilbert were revealed by the...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, center, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, sit before a working session with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Russia's envoy at the talks with Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists said Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 they agreed on terms of exchanging prisoners following an agreement reached by the nations' presidents in Paris earlier this month. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool, File

Ukraine, rebels agree on prisoner exchange before year's end

Dec. 23, 2019 11:08 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's envoy at talks between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists said Monday that they agreed on conditions for a prisoner exchange following a deal reached by the two nations' presidents. Boris Gryzlov, who represents Russia in the so-called Contact Group on the conflict in eastern...

Turkey denies allowing Hamas to operate on Turkish soil

Dec. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday denied accusations that a militant Palestinian group is using its territory to plan attacks against Israel. The denial came following media reports that claimed that Turkey was turning a blind eye as commanders of the Hamas group were allegedly ordering attacks...

Natalia Nikonorova, a representative of Russia-backed rebels in Donetsk, right, and Vladislav Deinego, a representative of Russia-backed rebels in Luhanskleft, look at each other during a news conference after peace talks for Ukraine, in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Ukraine and Russia-backed separatist rebels have failed to reach agreement on a prisoner exchange during another round of talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukraine, separatists fail to agree on prisoner exchange

Dec. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists failed Wednesday to reach an agreement on a prisoner exchange and troops pullback after several hours of tense talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the separatist rebels met in the Belarusian capital...

This photo provided by U.S. Embassy Switzerland,  Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.  In a trade conducted in Zurich, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, detained in Tehran since 2016, for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who had faced a federal trial in Georgia.  (U.S. Embassy Switzerland via AP)

Researcher freed from Iran urges release of other prisoners

Dec. 16, 2019 2:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Princeton University scholar who was freed from Iran this month after three years in captivity said Monday that his release “is a victory of humanity and diplomacy across nations and political differences." Xiyue Wang and his wife, Hua Qu, said in a statement to The Associated...