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FBI at Russian oligarch's homes for 'law enforcement' action

Oct. 19, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents were carrying out “law enforcement activity” on Tuesday at a Washington mansion and New York City townhouse tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. FBI officials would not provide...

South African regulator rejects Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

Oct. 19, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African drug regulator has rejected the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, citing some safety concerns the manufacturer wasn't able to answer. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, or SAHPRA, said in a statement...

As deaths rise, Russian doctors despair at low vaccine rate

Oct. 19, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Dr. Georgy Arbolishvili doesn’t need to see government statistics or hear about the records being broken every day for infections and deaths to know that Russia is struggling through a particularly alarming phase of the coronavirus pandemic. He simply...

US defense secretary underlines support for Ukraine

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine on Tuesday, underlining Washington's support for the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity amid a tense standoff with Russia. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the U.S. as...

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Oct. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration...

Back to gravity: Russians talk about world's 1st space movie

Oct. 19, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor and a film director who spent 12 days in orbit making the world’s first movie in space said Tuesday they were so thrilled with their experience on the International Space Station that they felt sorry to leave. Actor Yulia Peresild and...

Central African Republic leader: Cease-fire aims for peace

Oct. 18, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Central African Republic’s leader on Monday called his unilateral cease-fire announcement a new effort to restore peace to his crisis-wracked country. And he and strongly defended his decision to ask Russian instructors and Rwandan forces to help counter rebels...

Russia suspends its mission at NATO, shuts alliance's office

Oct. 18, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday suspended its mission at NATO and ordered the closure of the alliance's office in Moscow in retaliation for NATO's expulsion of Russian diplomats. Earlier this month, NATO withdrew the accreditation of eight Russian officials to its...

Russian court outlaws racist, sexist extremist group

Oct. 18, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday outlawed a radical online group that has become infamous for its racist and sexist views. The regional court in Nizhny Novgorod banned the the Muzhskoye Gosudarstvo (Male State) group as extremist. Its members will face criminal...

Russia's virus infections over 8 million; daily deaths high

Oct. 18, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s total number of coronavirus infections has topped 8 million, more than 5% of the population, and the daily infection toll hit a new record. The national coronavirus task force said Monday that 34,325 new infections over the past day raised the...