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South Korea summons Russian ambassador as tensions rise with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 02:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the country’s new defense pact with North Korea on Friday, as border tensions continued to rise with vague threats and brief, seemingly accidental incursions by North Korean troops. Earlier Friday,...

Russia fires deputy defense minister jailed on bribery charges and extends his arrest

Jun. 21, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

Russian authorities have formally dismissed a deputy defense minister jailed on bribery charges and accused by Kremlin critics of living a lavish lifestyle, Russian media reported Thursday. A court ordered that his pretrial detention be extended for three more months. Timur Ivanov,...

The Putin-Kim summit produced an unusual — and speedy — flurry of glimpses into North Korea

Jun. 20, 2024 16:08 PM EDT

The imagery from Pyongyang emerged quickly, notable in its variety — glimpses into North Korea in near-real time that showed its leader, Kim Jong Un, grinning and glad-handing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and showing him around the capital of one of the world's least accessible nations....

Russia's parliament gives preliminary OK to a proposal that increases income taxes for the wealthy

Jun. 20, 2024 15:12 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's parliament on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill that outlines higher income taxes for Russia's wealthy elite. The bill, which was passed in the first of three readings in the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament house, comes as Moscow continues to...

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Jun. 20, 2024 14:53 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say a new strategic partnership is a breakthrough, but what it means for their relationship is still uncertain. The pact requires both countries to use all available means to provide...

Putin signs deals with Vietnam in bid to shore up ties in Asia to offset Moscow's growing isolation

Jun. 20, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed at least a dozen deals with his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday and offered to supply fossil fuels, including natural gas, to Vietnam during a state visit that comes as Moscow is seeking to bolster ties in Asia to offset its growing...

Treason trial of Russian American woman opens as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow

Jun. 20, 2024 11:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The trial of a Russian American dual citizen whom Russia accuses of treason opened on Thursday as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow, including over the arrests of two American journalists. The trial is being held behind closed doors in Yekaterinburg, in the...

Russia hammers Ukraine's power grid again and Kyiv's drones target more enemy oil depots

Jun. 20, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia resumed its aerial pounding of Ukraine’s power grid and Kyiv’s forces again targeted Russian oil facilities with cross-border drone strikes, seeking to curb each other's ability to fight in a war that is now in its third year, officials said Thursday. ...

Mutual defense pact between North Korea and Russia raises new questions, but it's far from unique

Jun. 20, 2024 06:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A new mutual-defense pact signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commits each country to come to the other's aid if attacked. Just what the threshold for such assistance would be is currently unclear -- maybe deliberately so,...

Russian state news agency says President Putin arrives in Vietnam for visit to strengthen ties with a longtime partner

Jun. 19, 2024 14:53 PM EDT
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian state news agency says President Putin arrives in Vietnam for visit to strengthen ties with a longtime partner.