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NHL Draft: Teams weigh risks of selecting Russian prospects

Jul. 05, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

The war in Ukraine has added an increasing level of uncertainty for NHL teams interested in drafting Russia-born prospects because of questions regarding their availability to play in North America. While no team has openly stated it would avoid selecting Russians altogether in the...

White House: Biden has read Griner letter pleading for help

Jul. 05, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

Brittney Griner's appeal to President Joe Biden in a handwritten letter continued to garner reaction Tuesday after the WNBA All-Star acknowledged she feared never returning home and asked Biden not “ forget about me and the other American Detainees.” Griner's letter was delivered...

Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

Jul. 05, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will see his Chinese counterpart this week at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of nations that will likely exacerbate splits over Russia’s war in Ukraine. While strained U.S.-China ties will be the focus...

EU urges N Macedonia to back proposed deal with Bulgaria

Jul. 05, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel urged North Macedonia on Tuesday to back a French-proposed compromise on ending a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria that's blocking the country's long-delayed European Union accession bid. Violent protests...

Ukrainian governor urges evacuation of 350,000 residents

Jul. 05, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — The governor of the last remaining eastern province partly under Ukraine's control urged his more than 350,000 residents to flee as Russia escalated its offensive and air alerts were issued across nearly the entire country. Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said that...

Agent: Top NHL goalie prospect sent to Russian military base

Jul. 05, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov, who reportedly was picked up by law enforcement in Russia last week ahead of a planned move to the U.S., is now at a remote military base in northern Russia, his agent said Tuesday. The agent, J.P. Barry, spoke with The...

Albanian jailed for life over killing of 2 Czech tourists

Jul. 05, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a life sentence imposed on a local man over the killing of two Czech tourists during a carjacking robbery in 2015. Sokol Mjacaj, 27, was convicted of fatally shooting the two tourists in Prekal village, 130 kilometers...

US seeks focus on 'urgent' needs of Ukraine at Swiss meeting

Jul. 05, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat on Tuesday urged allies of Ukraine to help the war-battered country meet its “immediate and urgent” needs — not only longer-term rebuilding — as scores of countries wrapped up a two-day conference aimed at helping Ukraine recover from...

High cost of Russian gains in Ukraine may limit new advance

Jul. 05, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

After more than four months of ferocious fighting, Russia claimed a key victory: full control over one of the two provinces in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. But Moscow’s seizure of the last major stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk province came at a steep...

Turkey to 'intensify' negotiations for Ukraine grain deal

Jul. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he intends to “intensify” negotiations with Russia and Ukraine in the hope of reaching a deal on a U.N. plan to export Ukrainian grain to world markets. Erdogan made the comments during a joint news...