WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is seeking to prosecute seven communist-era judges and prosecutors who imprisoned pro-democracy fighters in the 1980s, justice officials said Tuesday.
UEFA allows Shakhtar to play in Kharkiv again
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it will allow Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk to return to its usual home stadium in Kharkiv for European games after martial law was lifted.
Shakhtar had to relocate its last Champions League game, a 1-1 draw with Lyon last month, to Kiev because martial law had been introduced in several regions for 30 days after Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels on Nov. 25.
Ukraine’s leader announces end of 30-day martial law
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's leader has announced an end to the 30-day martial law imposed after Russia seized Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea.
Ukraine announced martial law last month after Russian coast guards fired at and seized three Ukrainian ships and their crews. The 24 seamen still remain in Russian custody.
The incident is another episode in the long-simmering conflict between the two countries that started in 2014 with Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.
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Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents.
Duterte seeks martial law extension in southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the country's south by another year amid continuing concerns over possible militant attacks, although democracy advocates fear it could worsen human rights conditions.
Shakhtar’s Champions League game against Lyon moved to Kiev
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says next week's Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon has been moved to Ukraine's capital Kiev after martial law was introduced in parts of the country.
The game had been scheduled to take place in Kharkiv, where martial law is in effect, on Dec. 12.
Both Shakhtar and Lyon can qualify for the knockout stage with a win. Lyon would also progress with a draw.
Martial law to prevent Shakhtar-Lyon being in Kharkiv
DUBLIN (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk is unlikely to be able to play its Champions League game against Lyon in Kharkiv on Dec. 12 because of the security situation in Ukraine.
The UEFA executive committee has decided that no matches from its competitions will be played at stadiums in areas where martial law is operational, which includes Kharkiv.
Ukraine imposed martial law for 30 days after Russian border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian ships last week, capturing 24 men.
Vorskla says Arsenal game will go ahead in Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian club Vorskla Poltava says its Europa League game against Arsenal will go ahead in Kiev after days of wrangling over the venue.
UEFA ordered the game to be moved Tuesday to the capital city after the Ukrainian parliament voted to impose martial law in some regions of Ukraine, not including either Kiev or the original venue of Poltava.
Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea.
Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of events, with Ukraine saying Russia is preparing for a full-scale invasion and Moscow calling it a political stunt by an unpopular president facing tough elections.
Russia starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters.
The Latest: Soccer match moved to Kiev amid martial law
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
UEFA has moved Thursday's Europa League soccer game in Ukraine between Arsenal and FC Vorskla to the capital city of Kiev after parliament voted to impose martial law in parts of the country.
Arsenal game moved to Kiev as Ukraine introduces martial law
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has moved Thursday's Europa League game in Ukraine between Arsenal and FC Vorskla to the capital city of Kiev after parliament voted to impose martial law in parts of the country.
Imposing martial law is Ukraine's response after Russian border guards fired on and seized three Ukrainian ships Sunday, capturing 24 men. Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for the dispute off the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
After dispute with Russia, Ukraine to impose martial law
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what its president called "growing aggression" from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula in which Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels amid renewed tensions between the neighbors.
Duterte voids amnesty of critical senator, orders his arrest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of his fiercest critic in Congress after revoking the senator's amnesty for involvement in unsuccessful military uprisings years ago.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has ordered an investigation into a revelation that the military drew up a plan to mobilize troops if protests last year worsened over the fate of his impeached predecessor, officials said Tuesday.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to resort to emergency powers and enforce them "to the hilt" to deal with relentless criticism over his human rights record, crimes and government wrongdoing.
Duterte, who placed the southern third of the archipelago nation last year under martial law to battle Muslim militants, said "there's no difference actually between martial law and a declaration of national emergency."
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of a residence for retired Polish artists says violin virtuoso Wanda Wilkomirska, a one-time darling of the communist authorities who became a dissident, has died at age 89.
Anna Solnicka-Heller, director of the home for veteran artists, said Wilkomirska died Tuesday.
The daughter of violinist Alfred Wilkomirski, she played with two half-brothers as the Wilkomirski Trio before becoming a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
U.S. intelligence tags Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte as threat to democracy in Asia
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the so-called "Filipino Donald Trump" who is accused of ordering hundreds of extrajudicial killings in Manila's war on drugs, is a viable threat to democracy in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Poland’s new PM marks anniversary of 1981 martial law
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, and powerful ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski attended ceremonies Wednesday marking 36 years since the country's communist regime used tanks and troops to clamp down on the Solidarity freedom movement.
The 49-year-old Morawiecki is the son of a prominent anti-communist Polish dissident from the 1970s and 1980s and was active in his father's Fighting Solidarity organization.
Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue in the region despite the defeat of a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants.
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Duterte asks Philippine Congress to extend martial law
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend the martial law he declared in the country's south by one year to ensure the "total eradication" of pro-Islamic State group extremists, warning they plan more uprisings after an unsuccessful but disastrous siege of Marawi city.
Philippine military wants martial law extended in south
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military and police have asked the president to extend martial law he declared in the country's south by a year because of continuing threats from pro-Islamic State group militants and communist guerrillas, officials said Friday.
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Filipino protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of protesters marked Thursday's anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current president's authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help troops quell a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants and stamp out similar extremist plots in the volatile region.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year because the rebellion there will not be completely quelled by July 22, the end of his 60-day martial law proclamation, his spokesman said Tuesday.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he will likely extend 60 days of martial law he imposed in the southern Philippines to deal with a deadly siege of a city by militants allied with the Islamic State group because the situation remains critical.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday the president's declaration of martial law in the south in a legal boost to a military offensive that the defense chief said may soon succeed in quelling an uprising by Islamic State group-linked militants.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — It's been a remarkably turbulent first year for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has left thousands of suspects dead and prompted critics to call his rule a "human rights calamity." One accused him of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine opposition lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday to review and nullify President Rodrigo Duterte's imposition of martial law in the southern third of the country.
The petition filed by six House lawmakers led by Rep. Edcel Lagman said there was no revolution or invasion where public safety required the declaration of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. It said the proclamation contained "fatal inaccuracies and falsities."
ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the siege of a southern Philippine city by militants linked to the Islamic State group (all times local):
Hundreds of protesters have marched to the Philippine presidential palace in Manila to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the southern Mindanao region, where a city is under siege by militants linked to the Islamic State group.
They held banners while chanting "Never again to martial law."
ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning Friday that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group.
The city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has been under siege by IS-linked militants since a government raid Tuesday night on a suspected hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington's list of most-wanted terrorists.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the siege of a Philippine city that led President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the south (all times local):
Army dump trucks carrying several soldiers standing up in the back are rolling toward the center of the Philippine city that is under siege by Muslim militants.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's parliament on Sunday approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom's latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests that likely will stoke an ongoing government crackdown on dissent.
Kansas man accused in bomb plot feared social collapse
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of plotting to attack Somali refugees in western Kansas believed then-President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won — forcing militias to step in, his lawyer said Friday.
The defense claim of a "self-defensive posture" surfaced during a detention hearing for Patrick Stein, a farmer described by prosecutors as the leader of a militia group called "The Crusaders."
Large protests in Poland as leader vows to stifle opposition
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters marched Tuesday from the former Communist party headquarters in Warsaw to the offices of Poland's current ruling party, a symbolic route chosen to underline the charge that the government is destroying democracy.
The march, held under the slogan "Stop the Devastation of Poland," marked the 35th anniversary of martial law being declared by the communist regime in 1981 to crush the Solidarity democracy movement.
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Duterte declares ‘state of lawlessness’ after bomb kills 14
DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide "state of lawlessness" Saturday after suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists detonated a bomb that killed 14 people and wounded about 70 in his southern hometown.
Philippine leader declares ‘state of lawlessness’ after bomb
DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a "state of lawlessness" Saturday after suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists detonated a bomb that killed 14 people and wounded about 70 in his southern hometown.
Filipinos seen backing Duterte despite rising drug killings
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — On the day he was sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte went to a Manila slum and exhorted residents who knew any drug addicts to "go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful."
3 government troops killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — Three troops have been killed and six wounded in eastern Ukraine in the most recent day of fighting, the Ukrainian president's office said Thursday.
Fighting between government forces and separatists rebels has recently intensified despite a 2015 truce. More than 9,500 people have been killed in the conflict so far.