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Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

The Latest: EU Parliament head: EU won’t renegotiate again

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12 p.m. The head of the European Parliament says the European Union will not make further concessions to Britain after the country’s attorney general failed to fundamentally alter his legal advice on Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised deal. EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani said the … Continue reading The Latest: EU Parliament head: EU won’t renegotiate again

The Latest: Germany, other EU nations hail new Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The pound has slumped by more than 1 percent against the dollar after the British Attorney General‘s assessment of Prime Minister Theresa May’s reinforced expectations that lawmakers will reject it. In a letter outlining his thoughts over May’s latest Brexit deal, Geoffrey Cox … Continue reading The Latest: Germany, other EU nations hail new Brexit deal

Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

HELSINKI (AP) — A senior Estonian politician has resigned from the Center Party’s leadership to protest a decision to start government formation talks with a euroskeptic populist party that made big gains in last week’s general election — despite promises not to talk with them. Raimond Kaljulaid said Tuesday the Center Party and the nationalist, … Continue reading Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP)— The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, for allegedly trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at Cuba and Russia for continuing to support Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and contributing to … Continue reading US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users. The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective. The … Continue reading Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

Hirscher wins World Cup overall title, matches Vonn record

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has secured his eighth consecutive men’s World Cup overall title on Sunday after placing third in the penultimate slalom of the season. The Austrian holds an insurmountable lead of 509 points over second-place Alexis Pinturault of France with four events at next week’s World Cup Finals remaining. A … Continue reading Hirscher wins World Cup overall title, matches Vonn record

Hirscher secures overall title as Zenhaeusern wins slalom

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — After wrapping up his eighth consecutive men’s World Cup overall title on Sunday, Marcel Hirscher hinted that there might not be a ninth. The Austrian considered calling it a career after competing in two more races at next week’s World Cup Finals in Andorra. “It would hurt but it is … Continue reading Hirscher secures overall title as Zenhaeusern wins slalom

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

WASHINGTON (AP) — Where investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in New … Continue reading Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Ukraine police: 15 officers injured in clash with far-right

MINSK, Belarus  (AP)   — Ukrainian police said 15 officers were injured Saturday in a clash with far-right demonstrators who disrupted a campaign appearance of President Petro Poroshenko. The clash took place in the city of Cherkasy, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of the capital Kiev, according to a police statement. Several dozen members of … Continue reading Ukraine police: 15 officers injured in clash with far-right

Serbia anti-government protesters surround state TV building

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP)  — Several thousand people have surrounded Serbia’s state TV building during anti-government protests requesting more media freedom in the Balkan country. The crowd booed and jeered for one hour Saturday outside the TV building in central Belgrade to express their discontent with what they say is the station’s biased reporting. The demonstrations … Continue reading Serbia anti-government protesters surround state TV building

3 Ukrainian police injured in clash with demonstrators

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Three police officers in Ukraine have been injured in a clash with far-right demonstrators in the capital. The violence occurred outside the presidential administration building in Kiev where several hundred demonstrators had gathered Saturday to call for arrests of top figures in an alleged military corruption scandal. A media investigation last … Continue reading 3 Ukrainian police injured in clash with demonstrators

Abandoned tents, foxholes left behind by IS in Syria

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Abandoned tents, vehicles and foxholes to hide from airstrikes are all that are left from evacuated parts of the Islamic State group’s last shred of territory in Syria. An exclusive video obtained by The Associated Press on Friday showed parts of the tiny pocket of land in the village … Continue reading Abandoned tents, foxholes left behind by IS in Syria

Judge jails former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning for refusing to testify to a grand jury probing Wikileaks

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Judge jails former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning for refusing to testify to a grand jury probing Wikileaks. By Associated Press

The Latest: Trump says he feels ‘very badly’ for Manafort

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort‘s sentencing for tax and bank fraud (all times local): 10:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says he feels “very badly” for Paul Manafort. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related … Continue reading The Latest: Trump says he feels ‘very badly’ for Manafort

The Latest: Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has sentenced to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines. … Continue reading The Latest: Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort sentenced to 47 months

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, a significant break from sentencing guidelines that called for a 20-year prison term. Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair as he deals with complications from gout, … Continue reading Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort sentenced to 47 months

Ride like Putin: 7-ton armored luxury limo on show in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — If you want to ride like Vlad — Russian President Vladimir Putin, that is — this may be the limo for you. At the Geneva auto show, Russian automaker Aurus has trotted out a hulky, luxurious Senat Limousine L700 with lines vaguely reminiscent of a Rolls-Royce. It’s the European debut of a … Continue reading Ride like Putin: 7-ton armored luxury limo on show in Geneva

New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state. The bill introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols and government organs. Repeat offenders could face a 15-day jail sentence. The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, approved the … Continue reading New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

Putin urges stronger protection of Russian military secrets

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin urged Russia’s top domestic security agency on Wednesday to tighten its protection of information related to new weapons and other sensitive data. In a speech to top officials of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, Putin said foreign spies have intensified their efforts to … Continue reading Putin urges stronger protection of Russian military secrets

EU center-right group to mull kicking out Orban’s party

BERLIN (AP) — The European Parliament‘s main center-right group will discuss later this month whether Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party should remain a member, amid anger over the anti-migration party’s latest campaign against European Union leaders. The European People’s Party said Tuesday that it has received letters from 12 member parties in nine countries … Continue reading EU center-right group to mull kicking out Orban’s party

EU center-right group faces decision on Orban’s party

BERLIN (AP) — The European Parliament‘s main center-right group will discuss later this month whether Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party should remain a member amid anger over the anti-migration leader’s latest campaign against European Union leaders. The European People’s Party said Tuesday that it has received letters from 12 member parties in nine countries … Continue reading EU center-right group faces decision on Orban’s party

House panel seeks documents on 81 people linked to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Monday his panel was beginning the probe into possible obstruction … Continue reading House panel seeks documents on 81 people linked to Trump

Ex-Mariah Carey manager accuses Trump associate of hacking

NEW YORK (AP)— A lawsuit has alleged that Felix Sater, a Russia-born businessman and convicted felon with ties to President Donald Trump, hacked into a Hollywood friend’s electronics and accessed confidential information about her celebrity clients. Stella Bulochnikov Stolper, the former manager for Mariah Carey, sued Sater and his personal assistant in New York on … Continue reading Ex-Mariah Carey manager accuses Trump associate of hacking

House Democrats expand Russia probe, seeking more documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is launching a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, his White House, his campaign and his businesses, sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates. Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Monday the investigation will be focused on possible obstruction of justice, corruption … Continue reading House Democrats expand Russia probe, seeking more documents

Estonia faces complex coalition talks amid far-right gains

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia faces complex coalition talks Monday after a nationalist and anti-immigration party more than doubled its support to finish third in the general election — a result being closely watched across Europe as a sign of surging popularity for far-right populists. The center-right Reform Party, which is the main opposition in … Continue reading Estonia faces complex coalition talks amid far-right gains

Slain Gdansk mayor’s deputy wins by-election in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in northern Poland say that the deputy to slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has won a by-election to become his successor and the first woman to hold the post. The city’s electoral commission said Monday that 39-year-old lawyer Aleksandra Dulkiewicz was backed by more than 82 percent of voters in … Continue reading Slain Gdansk mayor’s deputy wins by-election in Poland

House Democrats expand Russia probe, seek more documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the House Judiciary Committee wants … Continue reading House Democrats expand Russia probe, seek more documents

Hungary’s Orban: European party opponents ‘useful idiots’

BERLIN (AP) — Hungary’s populist prime minister says members of a European Parliament group calling for his party’s expulsion are playing into the hands of left-wing opponents. Viktor Orban’s comments to Germany’s Welt newspaper Sunday come after calls within the center-right European People’s Party for his Fidesz party’s ouster after his government started an ad … Continue reading Hungary’s Orban: European party opponents ‘useful idiots’