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Russian actor arrested at rally released pending appeal

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian actor sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for allegedly assaulting a police officer has been released from custody following a massive outcry. Pavel Ustinov, 24, was charged on Sept. 16 with assaulting a police officer at an opposition rally in July. He pleaded not guilty, claiming...

Russian anti-doping CEO says track team set to miss worlds

Sep. 20, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency has predicted that the country's track team won't be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships. The Russian team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping, though dozens are allowed...

Scientists prepare for year-long expedition to Arctic center

Sep. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers from more than a dozen nations prepared Friday to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic — a yearlong journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change. The...

Key Senate panel approves $250 million for election security

Sep. 19, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky Republican announced...

Rival UN resolutions on Syria cease-fire go down to defeat

Sep. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival humanitarian resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib were defeated in the Security Council Thursday, reflecting the deep divisions that have prevented the U.N.'s most powerful body from taking action to end the eight-year Syrian conflict....

EU hopes for Russia-Ukraine gas deal despite slow progress

Sep. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top energy official says he's optimistic Russia and Ukraine can conclude a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year even though several issues need to be resolved. Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said Thursday that there was "a sense of urgency" at talks in...

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Kukushkin defeats Dzumhur at St. Petersburg Open

Sep. 18, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Mikhail Kukushkin reached the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday, while Adrian Mannarino was eliminated in the second round. Kukushkin, the St. Petersburg champion in 2010, recovered from 4-2 down in the first set to win 7-6 (2), 6-2 against 2017 champion...

Saudi-led group to construct gas pipeline in Bulgaria

Sep. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's state gas operator signed 1.1 billion-euro construction contract ($1.2 billion) with a Saudi-led group Wednesday for building a natural gas pipeline that would carry Russian natural gas from the much larger TurkStream pipeline into parts of Europe. The contract between...

Trump, Finland's president to meet at White House in October

Sep. 18, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto will mark 100 years of diplomatic relations between their countries at the White House next month. The White House says the Oct. 2 meeting will focus on furthering cooperation between the U.S. and Finland, including promoting...