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Ukraine Bans American Actor Steven Seagal for Five Years
May08

Ukraine Bans American Actor Steven Seagal for Five Years

MINSK, Belarus – Ukraine has banned action film actor Steven Seagal from entering the country for five years. Seagal, an American, was given Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin last year in a ceremony shown on state television. He has vocally defended the Russian leader’s policies and criticized the U.S. government. A statement...

Eurovision Contestants Practice; Big Week for Song Contest
May08

Eurovision Contestants Practice; Big Week for Song Contest

MOSCOW– Contestants for this year’s Eurovision contest are holding practices in the Ukrainian capital. Rehearsals have been underway in Kiev since April 30 for the annual song competition that pits performers from across the continent and also includes Australia and Israel. The contest, noted for its cheerfully garish clothes and...

Centrist Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Youngest President
May07

Centrist Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Youngest President

French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France’s place as a central pillar of the European Union. A crowd of Macron supporters roared with delight at the news, jubilantly...

Centrist Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Youngest President
May07

Centrist Emmanuel Macron Becomes France’s Youngest President

French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France’s place as a central pillar of the European Union. A crowd of Macron supporters roared with delight at the news, jubilantly...

High-Level US-Russia Talks Set for Next Week in NYC
May06

High-Level US-Russia Talks Set for Next Week in NYC

WASHINGTON – High-level diplomatic talks between the U.S. and Russia aimed at improving relations are due to begin next week, the State Department said Friday. Thomas Shannon, undersecretary for political affairs, will travel to New York on Monday to meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov “to discuss a range of bilateral...

Putin, Merkel Spar in Russia Over Election Meddling
May02

Putin, Merkel Spar in Russia Over Election Meddling

MOSCOW— During a tense appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday that Moscow ever interferes in elections in other countries. Speaking during a joint news conference following talks at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were...

Russia’s Putin to talk with the leaders of the West — separately
May02

Russia’s Putin to talk with the leaders of the West — separately

Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to talk with the West’s two most powerful leaders Tuesday, with a face-to-face meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by a phone call with President Trump later in the day. The talks, however, are unlikely to be the one-two punch of a unified message that a German and U.S. leader...

Germany says Reviving G-8 with Russia ‘Not Up For Debate’
Apr29

Germany says Reviving G-8 with Russia ‘Not Up For Debate’

BERLIN – The German government says there are no plans to invite Russia to return to the club of leading industrialized nations. Russia was kicked out of the G-8 after its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and assistance for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel says “a change to...

Libya captures two oil-smuggling tankers after firefight
Apr29

Libya captures two oil-smuggling tankers after firefight

(Reuters) Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from the North African country after gun battles lasting several hours west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the service said on Friday. Libyan forces frequently capture vessels smuggling oil and arms off the coast and the North African state has become a haven...

Russian Navy Ship Sinks in Black Sea, all 78 Crew Rescued
Apr27

Russian Navy Ship Sinks in Black Sea, all 78 Crew Rescued

MOSCOW – A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said. Turkey’s coastal safety authority said all 78 personnel from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. The...

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