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Russians keep heat on police after reporter's case closed

Jun. 16, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 1,500 people in Moscow have demonstrated against police abuse of power in the wake of a prominent Russian journalist's arrest on drug-dealing charges that the government admitted days later had no basis. Organizers had official permission for Sunday's protest rally, unlike one...

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

Putin fires police officers involved in journalist's case

Jun. 13, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed two senior police officers involved in the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that were later dropped for lack of evidence, in a case that provoked national outrage. The firings, which came a day after massive arrests...

Putin backs Moldova's new government amid political turmoil

Jun. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has given his strong support to Moldova's new coalition government, which has been locked in a power struggle with a rival administration in the former Soviet republic. In an interview Thursday with the Mir television station in Russia, Putin lashed...

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks agrees to Judiciary interview

Jun. 12, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee, the panel announced Wednesday, a breakthrough for Democrats who have been frustrated by President Donald Trump's broad stonewalling of their investigations. The...

Hundreds detained in Moscow protest over journalist's case

Jun. 12, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of people were detained Wednesday as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a...

Trump's 'poor leadership' criticized by ex-leaders' group

Jun. 11, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, criticized President Donald Trump for "poor leadership" Tuesday, saying it is aggravating the world's difficulty in uniting to tackle climate change and the threat of...

Russian journalist freed after police abruptly drop charges

Jun. 11, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a stunning turnaround, Russian authorities Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges against a prominent investigative reporter after a public and media outcry over his arrest, and they promised to go after the police who allegedly tried to frame him as a drug dealer. The release of Ivan...

Polish convicted businessman uses threats to seek pardon

Jun. 10, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish businessman who organized an illegal wiretapping operation that helped topple a pro-European government has demanded a pardon from Poland's president and threatened to reveal who ordered the recordings if he doesn't get it, a newspaper reported Monday. The case of the...

Russian opposition activists sentenced to 15 days in jail

Jun. 10, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in jail on the day he was to be released. A Moscow court on Monday found Leonid Volkov guilty of violating rules for holding a rally last year. Navalny is the most prominent foe of Russian President Vladimir...