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US intelligence says Russia is using a range of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Aug. 7, 2020 2:47 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US intelligence says Russia is using a range of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during a early voting ahead of Sunday's election in the western city of Lida, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko faces a perfect storm as he seeks a sixth term in Sunday's election after 26 years in office. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Europeans urge fair election in Belarus, criticize run-up

Aug. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Top European officials urged Belarusian authorities Friday to ensure a free and fair presidential election this weekend and denounced “unacceptable” restrictions ahead of the vote. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with an iron fist for 26 years,...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif. As Newsom unveiled details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening schools would be

The Latest: California tops 10,000 virus deaths, 3rd highest

Aug. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, making it the U.S. state with the third-highest deaths since the start of the pandemic. The figure was reported Friday by Johns Hopkins University, with 10,024 dead since the outbreak began in California in February. New...

FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales poses at the Milwaukee Police Administration in Milwaukee. An oversight board is considering firing Morales after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd’s death, the last straw for members upset with how the chief has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Milwaukee chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns

Aug. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd’s death. The city’s Fire and Police...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet WWII veterans during an opening ceremony of the monument in honour of the World War II Red Army, in the village of Khoroshevo, just outside Rzhev, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020,  urged his Belarusian counterpart to release 33 Russian contractors arrested in Belarus on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential vote.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Leaders of Russia and Belarus discuss arrested contractors

Aug. 7, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus moved Friday to mend a rift caused by Belarusian authorities' arrest of 33 Russian security contractors on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential election. Belarusian authorities accused the Russian contractors of planning...

Wearing a face covering and face shield while working amid the coronavirus, Maico Olivares, lead voter registration organizer for Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy, works his phone and computer as he tries to reach about 25 people a day, mostly within the Latino community, to persuade them to register to vote Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Phoenix. Like others who register people to vote, those efforts have become extremely difficult during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Job losses, fear of virus complicate Latino voter hopes

Aug. 7, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Every day, 29-year-old Maico Olivares tries to call about 25 people, mostly within the Latino community, to persuade them to register to vote. Some calls go well, but increasingly, they have become frustrating: Many of the people Olivares reaches are out of work or have lost wages because of...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, July 19, 2020, Belarusians, some of them wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, in Minsk, Belarus. Previously apolitical, Kseniya Milya was among those who flocked to campaign rallies of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a 37-year old ex-teacher and wife of a jailed opposition blogger, who is challenging Lukashenko in Sunday's vote. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

President's virus swagger fuels anger ahead of Belarus vote

Aug. 7, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As Kseniya Milya's grandfather lay dying of COVID-19 at a hospital in Belarus' capital of Minsk, the country's authoritarian leader was blithely dismissing the pandemic as “psychosis,” and recommending an unusual remedy: Have a regular shot of vodka and work hard in the...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hagerty vs. Bradshaw in race to succeed US Sen. Alexander

Aug. 7, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in November will feature a matchup between a Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and a Black activist who pulled off an astonishing upset victory over the Democratic establishment's choice — with a...

In this photo taken from undated footage distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from a truck-mounted launcher somewhere in Russia. The Russian military said the Avangard hypersonic weapon entered combat duty. Little on the Pentagon’s drawing board illustrates more clearly the Trump administration’s worry about China and Russia than its work on hypersonic weapons. These missiles and aerial vehicles fly at speeds of a mile a second or faster and maneuver in ways that make them extra difficult to detect and destroy in flight. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russia warns it will see any incoming missile as nuclear

Aug. 7, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will perceive any ballistic missile launched at its territory as a nuclear attack that warrants a nuclear retaliation, the military warned in an article published Friday. The harsh warning in the official military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) is directed at the United States,...

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa greets supporters following his election victory in the general election at his residence in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The country's powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Rajapaksa is likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, after the vote that could strengthen dynastic rule in the Indian Ocean island nation. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka's election

Aug. 7, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely...