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Russia rejects criticism of fly-by near U.S. Navy destroyer

Russia’s defense ministry has rejected complaints by U.S. officials who said Russian attack planes buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea this week.


Russian planes buzzed Navy ship in Baltic Sea, U.S. says

Russian attack planes buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea multiple times on Monday and Tuesday, at one point coming so close – an estimated 30 feet – …


Poverty in Russia rising at fastest pace since 1990s turmoil

Poverty is rising in Russia at the fastest pace since the dark days of financial and political crisis in the 1990s, the World Bank warned Wednesday.


President Obama says NATO alliance remains key to collective security

President Barack Obama says NATO continues to be the cornerstone of collective defense for the U.S. and Europe.


Syria cease-fire at risk as heavy fighting erupts

Syria’s partial cease-fire appeared to be unraveling Saturday as fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters erupted outside the country’s second largest city of Aleppo and other parts in …


Syrian activists: Airstrikes hit east of Damascus, kill 23

Airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people in one of the deadliest incidents involving civilians …


U.S. to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

The Pentagon plans to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region …


Trudy Rubin: Uprooting ISIS’ territorial power more crucial than ever

Syrian Kurds are the only fighters willing and able to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State. The United States should work to clear the political obstacles that prevent this.


UN envoy: Syria peace talks to resume April 9

The U.N.’s Syria envoy on Thursday set April 9 as a “target date” for indirect peace talks to resume in Geneva, saying he is encouraged by the fact that “no …


Syrian forces enter IS-held Palmyra

Backed by Russian airstrikes, Syrian government forces on Thursday pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra that has been held by the Islamic State group since May, state TV reported, …


Heavy winds as FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia, killing 62

MOSCOW – Winds were gusting before dawn Saturday over the airport in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don when a plane carrying 62 people from a favorite Russian holiday destination …


Prosecutor: Agents didn’t tamper with Russian man’s computer

Federal prosecutors are challenging claims by a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses that U.S. Secret Service agents mishandled his laptop, seized when he was arrested.


Britain doubts Russia’s announced Syria pullout

Britain’s foreign minister says he is skeptical about Russia’s announced military withdrawal from Syria.


European, Russian space agencies launch mission to Mars

Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet.


Russia’s Gazprom proposes gas deal with Iran

Russian energy minister says Gazprom, Russia’s state gas monopoly, has put forward proposals for the development of oil fields in Iran.


Russia, China oppose US missile-defense in South Korea

The foreign ministers of China and Russia are opposing the possible deployment of an advanced American missile-defense system in South Korea.


Russia, West differ on Iran’s nuclear program report

Russia and the West overcame differences to strike a landmark nuclear deal with Iran but are now divided on how well the U.N. atomic agency is reporting on whether Tehran …


Three sponsors cut ties with Sharapova after positive drug test

Three of Maria Sharapova’s major sponsors are cutting ties with the Russian tennis star after she acknowledged failing a doping test at the Australian Open.


Syria cease-fire holding despite some fighting, U.N. envoy says

A U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire in Syria, now in its sixth day, is largely holding despite sporadic clashes in some areas, a U.N. envoy said Thursday, raising expectations ahead of next week’s …


Global deal to cap oil output is close, Russia says

Russia says it is close to an international deal with OPEC countries to cap oil production, and that a final decision will be made at a meeting this month.


U.S. wants North Korea sanctions vote; now expected Wednesday

A U.N. Security Council vote on the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades has been postponed until Wednesday morning at Russia’s request, France said Tuesday.


Woman seen waving child’s severed head arrested by Russian police

Russian police on Monday arrested a woman who was seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow subway station. She is suspected of killing the child …


Syria truce holding despite growing breaches, U.N. chief says

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding “by and large” despite sporadic fighting that continued across Syria and growing accusations of violations that …


Russia grounds its warplanes in Syria

Russia has grounded its warplanes in Syria to help secure a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington that entered into force Saturday, a top military official said.


Obama fiddles as global barbarians storm the gates

The barbarians are at the gates and pushing hard knowing they will enjoy but 11 more months of minimal American resistance.


US, Russia-brokered cease-fire goes into effect across Syria

A cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect across Syria on Saturday, marking the biggest international push to reduce violence in the country’s devastating conflict, but …


Nusra Front leader rejects Syria truce

The leader of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has rejected a U.S.-Russian sponsored truce, saying the real negotiations are on the battle field.


Analysis: Putin can cash in on Syria gains with cease-fire

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a chance to cash in on his gains in Syria by scaling down his bombing blitz when a cease-fire takes effect Friday night so he …


Syria government, opposition accept US-Russia proposed truce

DAMASCUS, Syria – The Syrian government and the main umbrella for Syrian opposition and rebel groups announced on Tuesday they both conditionally accept a proposed U.S.-Russian cease fire that the …


Escalating Syrian war fueled by major powers, U.N. says

In a swipe at the U.S., Russia and their allies, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the international powers and regional countries ostensibly pushing for a peaceful …