PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's leader has called Russian initiatives on the military neutrality of the Balkans "irrational" and invited the Kremlin to respect the tiny country's right to decide on its NATO membership.
Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said Friday "we respect the history of our relations, but you should respect our right to decide on our future."
Montenegro, which has historic Slavic and religious ties to Russia, has been...
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian prosecutors say they have charged a Russian citizen with spying for Russia's Federal Security Service, the top successor to the KGB.
The Prosecutor General's Office says the 39-year-old man who was identified as a "high ranking" agent for Russia's domestic security agency, is also suspected of falsification of documents, use of false documents and multiple illegal border crossings. His name was not disclosed.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Journalists have protested outside the headquarters of South Africa's state broadcaster against what they allege is censorship in its news reporting.
Protesters on Friday marched to the Constitutional Court to deliver a complaint about what they say is the illegal conduct of management at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Some put tape over their mouths to symbolize the alleged lack of media freedom.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian news site says a federal court has ordered more than $6 million in Facebook funds frozen because its popular messaging service WhatsApp failed to turn over messages sought in a drug case.
The G1 news site says the order to freeze Facebook's accounts was issued Thursday night. The court in the southern state of Parana said it had no immediate comment and Facebook said it would not comment.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin is visiting Finland on his first trip to the European Union since the British vote to leave the bloc.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto hosted Putin for Friday's talks at his summer residence in southwestern Finland. The negotiations are expected to focus on bilateral ties and security issues amid tensions over Ukraine.
Putin's visit comes as the EU extended sanctions against Russia until February....
ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have arrested a former lawmaker from the U.S. Virgin Islands on an international warrant accusing him of using $90,000 in public funds for personal use.
Modena police Capt. Luca Treccani said Wayne James was arrested without incident at a friend's apartment June 29 in Nonantola, outside Modena. He was being held pending extradition proceedings, Treccani said Friday.
The U.S. Embassy was informed, a spokesman said...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has redenominated its currency, cutting four zeroes off its face value, as the country struggles with recession.
Friday's redenomination is the third since the nation of 10 million became independent after the 1991 Soviet collapse. The Belarusian ruble, which had traded at 20,000 to the dollar before the move, now stands at 2 rubles a dollar.
Most Belarusians met the news without enthusiasm. Igor Trofimchuk, a 46-year-...