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Russian COVID spike persists, setting new death record

Oct. 23, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting a record high number of coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths as the country approaches a week of nonworking days aimed at stemming the sharp surge in cases. The national coronavirus task force said Saturday that 1,075 people had...

Russia's infections, deaths soar to new record high

Oct. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Coronavirus infections and deaths in Russia climbed on Friday to another pandemic record high, putting an additional strain on the country's health care system. The government coronavirus task force reported 37,141 new infections and 1,064 deaths in the...

Russia's Putin hosts Israeli PM Bennett

Oct. 22, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Friday that new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor in maintaining close and “trusting" relations with his country. After talks at Putin's lush Black...

As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

Oct. 22, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — As she stood in the courtyard of the morgue holding the body of her grandmother who died of COVID-19, Ramilya Shigalturina had a message for anyone still resisting vaccinations. “I'm begging all Russians: Please get vaccinated, because...

Putin says new pipeline could quickly pump more gas to EU

Oct. 21, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia could quickly boost natural gas supplies to the European Union once German regulators allow a new pipeline under the Baltic Sea to start operation. Speaking on a wide range of international and...

Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

Oct. 21, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Restaurants, movie theaters and many retail stores in Moscow will be closed for 11 days starting Oct. 28, along with other new restrictions, officials said Thursday, as Russia recorded the highest numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the pandemic began. ...

Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize Wednesday in a clear slap at President Vladimir Putin. In awarding the...

Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for an inclusive government

Oct. 20, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday involving senior representatives of the Taliban and neighboring nations, a round of diplomacy that underlined Moscow's clout in Central Asia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the talks and...

Russians to stay off work for a week as virus deaths rise

Oct. 20, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered most Russians to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths, and he strongly urged reluctant citizens to get vaccinated. The government coronavirus task force...

WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week

Oct. 20, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said there was a 7% rise in new coronavirus cases across Europe last week, the only region in the world where cases increased, and said uneven vaccine uptake posed a threat to the continent. In its weekly assessment of the...