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Russia rejects Western concerns about Ukraine as smokescreen

Nov. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Monday strongly rejected the U.S. claims of a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, saying it could be a ruse intended to cover up what it described as Ukrainian leadership's aggressive intentions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed...

Top US diplomat warns Russian group not to interfere in Mali

Nov. 20, 2021 12:51 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday warned a shadowy Russian company with connections to the Kremlin not to interfere in efforts aimed at restoring democracy in the West African nation of Mali. As he wrapped up a weeklong,...

Russia rejects accusations of endangering ISS astronauts

Nov. 16, 2021 15:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials on Tuesday rejected accusations that they endangered astronauts aboard the International Space Station by conducting a weapons test that created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk but a White House official said the move by Russia would threaten activities...

Poland uses water cannons against migrants at Belarus border

Nov. 16, 2021 15:04 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish forces at the border with Belarus used water cannons and tear gas Tuesday against stone-throwing migrants, as Warsaw accused Belarusian authorities of giving smoke grenades and other weapons to those trying to cross the frontier. The events...

EU eyes sanctions in Mali, and against Russian mercenaries

Nov. 15, 2021 13:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is planning to take action against anyone delaying Mali’s political transition and is drawing up a list of sanctions to impose on Russian mercenaries that Mali's government hired to fight extremists, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. ...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the crisis at Belarus-Poland border

Nov. 11, 2021 06:48 AM EST

Thousands of migrants and refugees have flocked to Belarus' border with Poland, hoping to get to Western Europe, Many of them are now stranded at the frontier, setting up makeshift camps as Polish security forces watch them from behind a razor-wire fence and try to prevent them from entering...

EU accuses Belarus of 'trafficking' migrants toward border

Nov. 10, 2021 17:53 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union officials on Wednesday accused Belarus of state-sponsored "trafficking” of human lives by luring desperate migrants to the Polish border — the edge of the EU — where many are now stuck in makeshift camps in freezing weather. As...

Tensions rise in migrant standoff at Poland-Belarus border

Nov. 09, 2021 18:12 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland reinforced its border with Belarus with more riot police on Tuesday, a day after groups of migrants tried to storm through a razor-wire fence on the eastern frontier where thousands have camped on the Belarusian side in the tense standoff. ...

EXPLAINER: What comes next after Nicaragua's election

Nov. 08, 2021 15:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega holds a commanding lead in results from Sunday’s election against a field of little-known challengers. Ortega’s strongest potential competitors weren't on the ballot and are in jail. Victory would give Ortega...

G-20 make mild pledges on climate neutrality, coal financing

Oct. 31, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Leaders of the world’s biggest economies agreed Sunday to stop funding coal-fired power plants in poor countries and made a vague commitment to seek carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century” as they wrapped up a Rome summit before the much larger United Nations climate...