Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail
Europe

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail

MOSCOW (AP) — The wave of nationwide demonstrations that shook Russia’s long dormant political scene over the weekend showed a new face of protest: mostly teenage demonstrators driven by accusations of high-level official corruption, glaring amid the nation’s painful two-year recession. A year before facing re-election, President Vladimir Putin has a dilemma: to further tighten … Continue reading

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers
Africa

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigeria subsidiary “fiercely opposed” environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation’s history, according to a German geologist contracted by the Dutch-British multinational. An environmental study found … Continue reading

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS
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Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help meet shortfalls in the battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group, the nation’s top diplomat said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed a recent call by U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, for a few … Continue reading

US, allies seek ways to up pressure on Islamic State group
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US, allies seek ways to up pressure on Islamic State group

WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling to retake Mosul, officials from the 68-nation coalition fighting the Islamic State group are looking for ways to increase the pressure as planning intensifies on the next objective, dislodging the extremists from their self-declared capital in Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis … Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government
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AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by … Continue reading

Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says
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Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming shrank certain animals in the ancient past, and scientists worry it could happen again. Warm-blooded animals got smaller at least twice in Earth’s history when carbon dioxide levels soared and temperatures spiked as part of a natural warming, a new study says. washingtonUniversity of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia warned … Continue reading

Sax in space: French astronaut delighted with birthday gift
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Sax in space: French astronaut delighted with birthday gift

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one cosmically cool sax — and saxophone player. France’s musical astronaut Thomas Pesquet is enjoying a special birthday present delivered to him up at the International Space Station. The saxophone arrived in a SpaceX cargo ship on Feb. 23, and his crewmates kept it hidden until his 39th … Continue reading