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The Latest: UN rejects Russian attempt to meet on Ukraine

May. 20, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukrainian politics (all times local): 12:25 a.m. The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian attempt to hold a meeting on a new Ukrainian language law, with opponents saying Moscow wanted to upstage the inauguration of Ukraine's new president. Russia got just five of...

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...

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...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's miscues on trade and drug prices

May. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if he's unaware that drug prices have gone up and tariffs came before him. His boast that the U.S. never collected a dime on goods from China until he imposed them marked a series of statements misrepresenting how trade works as the two...

Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent's main human rights body despite its 2014 annexation of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine. Foreign ministers from the council's 47 member states voted overwhelmingly to support a...

Putin hails new Russian laser weapons

May. 17, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation's military capability. Speaking during Friday's meeting with top officials, Putin specifically mentioned the Peresvet, the military's first laser weapon that entered service...

Key European human rights body marks 70th birthday

May. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Over 30 European foreign ministers have gathered in the Finnish capital to mark the 70th anniversary of the continent's key human rights body, the Council of Europe. The festivities were dampened somewhat by Russia's continued threat to pull out of the organization due to a long-running...

Putin calls for compromise over Orthodox cathedral standoff

May. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a compromise Thursday to ease tensions over a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park in the nation's fourth-largest city that has sparked protests and drawn nationwide attention. Unsanctioned protests in the Ural Mountains city...

The Latest: FM says Iran is committed to nuclear deal

May. 15, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7 a.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal and criticized escalating...

Turkey denies delaying Russian S-400 deal

May. 15, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has denied that Turkey is delaying the purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia amid tensions with the United States. Cavusoglu told reporters on Wednesday that "there is no question of any delay or of any halting at this point."...