Iranians shot down airliner, Western leaders declare

WASHINGTON (AP) — It is “highly likely” that Iran shot down the civilian Ukrainian jetliner that crashed near Tehran late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board, U.S., Canadian and British officials declared Thursday. They said the fiery missile strike could well have been a mistake amid rocket launches and high tension throughout the region. […]

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region. At the first […]

Ex-WH adviser saw nothing illegal in Trump call

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top White House aide told members of Congress he had concerns that a record of President Donald Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine would leak. But the aide said he didn’t have concerns that Trump’s request for investigations into a political rival was illegal. Tim Morrison told lawmakers Thursday: […]

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country’s entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 52% of polling stations’ tallies showed sitcom star Volodymyr […]

White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said the two leaders had discussed the […]

Trump arrives to go 1-on-1 with Putin at Helsinki summit

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit, hours after Trump blamed the United States, and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea, for a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, […]