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Russia clashes with US over tactical nukes for Belarus

Mar. 31, 2023 17:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and the U.S. clashed in the United Nations on Friday over Moscow’s plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, which neighboring Ukraine denounced as a desperate Kremlin attempt to avoid military defeat and “threaten the world with nuclear apocalypse.” ...

Ukraine marks grim Bucha anniversary, calls for justice

Mar. 31, 2023 16:47 PM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians marked the anniversary of the liberation of Bucha Friday with calls for remembrance and justice after a brutal Russian occupation that left hundreds of civilians dead in the streets and in mass graves, establishing the town near Kyiv as an epicenter of the war's...

Journalist's arrest threatens reporting from Russia

Mar. 31, 2023 15:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The arrest of a Wall Street Journal reporter on espionage charges in Russia has news organizations based outside the country weighing for the second time in a year whether the risks of reporting there during wartime are too great. The Journal and other news outlets...

Russia might put strategic nukes in Belarus, leader says

Mar. 31, 2023 15:11 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Russian strategic nuclear weapons might be deployed to Belarus along with part of Russia's tactical nuclear arsenal, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday, ramping up his rhetoric amid tensions with the West over the Kremlin's war in Ukraine. ...

Moscow prison for US reporter was used in Stalin's purges

Mar. 31, 2023 14:32 PM EDT

Lefortovo prison, where American journalist Evan Gershkovich has been jailed on espionage charges, dates from the czarist era and has been a terrifying symbol of repression since Soviet times. The inconspicuous, pale yellow complex in eastern Moscow was built as a military...

Biden to Russia on detained US journalist: 'Let him go'

Mar. 31, 2023 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday urged Russia to release Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested on espionage charges — allegations the newspaper denies. “Let him go,” Biden told reporters at the White House when asked about his message...

Bulgaria heads to 5th election in 2 years, but 6th may loom

Mar. 31, 2023 10:31 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians are heading to the polls on Sunday for the country's fifth general election in two years, amid concern over the war in nearby Ukraine, political instability, and economic woes in the European Union’s poorest member. Pollsters expect that voter...

Estonian diplomat expelled from Moscow in tit for tat move

Mar. 31, 2023 09:46 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia is expelling an Estonian diplomat from Moscow in a tit for tat move following a similar action by Tallinn, Estonia's foreign ministry said Friday. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry had summoned Estonia’s charge d’affaires, who heads the...

1 year ago, scenes of horror emerged from Ukraine's Bucha

Mar. 31, 2023 08:10 AM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — The cratered roads have been repaved and the damaged houses are gradually being repaired. But the scenes that emerged from this town near Kyiv a year ago, after it was retaken from Russian forces, have indelibly linked its name to the savagery of war. On the...

The president of Belarus says Russian strategic nuclear weapons might be deployed in his country

Mar. 31, 2023 07:14 AM EDT
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus says Russian strategic nuclear weapons might be deployed in his country.