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Journalists quit Russia's leading business daily over report

May. 20, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Leading journalists at Russia's main business daily newspaper say they have been forced to quit over an article that predicted the resignation of the speaker of the country's upper house of parliament. Kommersant's Maxim Ivanov and Ivan Safronov said on Facebook Monday that they were forced...

The Latest: Austrian leader expects far right to quit gov't

May. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right Freedom Party to leave his government as it has threatened to do. Kurz, who has asked Austria's president to remove Interior...

High-tech Estonia votes online for European Parliament

May. 20, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and...

The Latest: Ukrainian party criticizes new president

May. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukrainian politics (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A party that was part of a ruling coalition in Ukraine has criticized the newly sworn president's decision to disband parliament and call snap elections. Ukrainian television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he would disband...

NATO member Estonian reports alleged Russian air violation

May. 20, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Baltic region's main news agency says a Russian military aircraft briefly violated the airspace of NATO member Estonia, near the Baltic Sea island of Vaindloo, and Moscow's ambassador to the Baltic country has been summoned over the incident. The Baltic News Agency says the...

Ukraine's new leader moves quickly to dissolve parliament

May. 20, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Emboldened by his stunning victory last month, Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy moved swiftly Monday to dissolve the country's parliament, moments after he was sworn in as the country's new president. Zelenskiy, who won 73% of the vote last month, justified his contentious...

Russia: Spy arrests reflect anti-corruption fight

May. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the arrest of three senior officers of Russia's top spy agency reflects a no-holds-barred fight against corruption. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday when asked about the arrests that the Kremlin has coordinated anti-corruption efforts...

Austria in political chaos after scandal fells coalition

May. 20, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Political chaos reigned in Austria on Monday, two days after the chancellor called for a new election and pulled the plug on his governing coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, whose leader quit over an apparent influence-peddling scandal involving a purported Russian investor....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

May. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. Trump's hyperbolic...

Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money

May. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle...