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Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2022 12:19 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected U.S. allegations that Moscow was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine, as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had...

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods

Jan. 13, 2022 09:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia, Lithuania and Poland continue to use questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus and are denying access to aid groups trying to help people stuck in border areas, senior U.N. refugee agency and European Union officials said Thursday. ...

Egypt leader criticizes Europe’s handling of migrant crisis

Jan. 11, 2022 14:03 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s leader on Tuesday criticized Europe’s handling of the migration crisis and its refusal to receive refugees arriving at its borders, saying his own country has taken in millions of people who left their home countries. President Abdel Fattah...

Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine

Jan. 08, 2022 14:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s decision to send paratroopers into Kazakhstan, where a crackdown on violent anti-government protests has left dozens dead, injects additional uncertainty into upcoming talks over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The question is whether the...

Medical relief teams leave Poland without reaching migrants

Jan. 06, 2022 12:34 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — International humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that its teams assigned to Poland's border with Belarus have left the country after repeatedly being denied access to the migrants and refugees they went to help. Doctors Without Borders,...

Russia, Belarus to hold joint war games early next year

Dec. 29, 2021 14:03 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia and Belarus will hold joint war games early next year. Putin welcomed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's proposal to hold another round of military drills, saying that they could be held in February...

AP PHOTOS: Migrants stranded, cold at Belarus-Poland border

Dec. 28, 2021 03:01 AM EST

BRUZGI, Belarus (AP) — On a sunny but freezing morning in a forested area of Belarus at the border with Poland, hundreds of migrants line up to receive hot food and water. They have been stuck here for over a month in the hopes of entering the European Union. Despite several failed...

Changes to Belarusian Constitution may extend leader's rule

Dec. 27, 2021 12:12 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authorities on Monday released a draft document proposing amendments to the country's constitution that may allow authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to further cement his grip on power after months of mass protests and remain in office until 2035. ...

Belarus labels local service of US broadcaster extremist

Dec. 23, 2021 13:40 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities labeled the local service of the U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty extremist, launched a criminal probe against one of its journalists and arrested another one Thursday. It was the latest move in a months-long,...

New Syrian migrants seek Europe, driven by post-war misery

Dec. 21, 2021 02:31 AM EST

GIESSEN, Germany (AP) — She had already walked for 60 hours through the wet, dark forests of Poland, trying to make her way to Germany, when the 29-year-old Syrian Kurd twisted her knee. It wasn’t the first setback in Bushra’s journey. Earlier, her road...