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A Los Angeles woman was arrested in Russia on charges of treason. Here's what we know

Feb. 21, 2024 19:25 PM EST

Russia's main domestic intelligence agency has arrested a woman with dual U.S. and Russian citizenship on charges of treason, accusing her of collecting money for the Ukrainian military. The Federal Security Service said in a statement early Tuesday that the Los Angeles resident was...

Financially struggling Met Opera's 18 productions next season matches the fewest since 1980-81

Feb. 21, 2024 14:54 PM EST

The financially struggling Metropolitan Opera will present 18 productions in 2024-25, matching the current season and pandemic-curtailed 2019-20 for the fewest since 14 in strike-shortened 1980-81. Met general manager Peter Gelb kept up his pivot to contemporary works, starting the...

Russian court rejects liberal politician's appeal contesting his removal from presidential race

Feb. 21, 2024 13:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A liberal Russian politician on Wednesday lost another appeal against election officials' decision to bar him from running in next month’s presidential vote in which President Vladimir Putin is all but certain to win another six-year term. Boris Nadezhdin had made a...

EU agrees on new sanctions against Russia days before the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 09:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Wednesday agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia to target individuals and businesses suspected of assisting Moscow in its war against Ukraine, including Chinese companies. The decision coincides with the second anniversary...

Alexei Navalny's mother files lawsuit with a Russian court demanding release of her son's body

Feb. 21, 2024 09:28 AM EST

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit at a court in the Arctic city of Salekhard contesting officials’ refusal to release her son’s body, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported Wednesday. A closed-door hearing has been scheduled for March...

How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 07:06 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin's top rival

Feb. 20, 2024 23:04 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comparing his criminal indictments to the circumstances of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the top political opponent of Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin who died in a remote arctic prison after being jailed by the Kremlin...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

A Russian court extends the pretrial detention for an American reporter accused of spying

Feb. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital ruled Tuesday to keep Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in custody pending his trial on espionage charges that he denies. The Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against Gershkovich's detention filed by his lawyers,...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy says foreign aid delays are making life 'very difficult' on the front line

Feb. 20, 2024 16:10 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Delays in weapons deliveries from Western allies to Ukraine are opening a door for Russian battlefield advances, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says, making the fight “very difficult” along parts of the front line where the Kremlin’s forces captured a strategic...