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Banned from global track, Russians compete at small meets

Just five months ago, Maria Kuchina won the world high jump title in front of tens of thousands of fans in Beijing. On Friday, she competed at a low-key meet …


Thousands rally in Russia in support of Chechen leader Kadyrov

Tens of thousands of people rallied Friday in the capital of Russia’s Chechnya republic in support of strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS

MOSCOW – The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward …


Turkey shoots down Russian fighter plane

The Turkish military Tuesday announced it shot down a Russian military aircraft near the Syrian border after it ignored multiple warnings and entered Turkish airspace, a charge Moscow immediately denied.


Diplomats set plan for political change in Syria

Invoking the need for joint action after the attacks in Paris, foreign ministers of nearly 20 nations agreed Saturday to an ambitious yet incomplete plan for bringing peace to Syria …


Russian track federation suspended, could miss Rio Olympics

Calling it a wake-up call for a sport in a “shameful” position, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Russia will be banned from next year’s Olympics unless it convinces the world …


Column: The gulag of Russian cheating must be dismantled

As Sebastian Coe weighs the nuclear option of barring Russian athletes from next year’s Olympics, the British former middle-distance running great must ask himself: “Had I been Russian when I …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:25 p.m.

Officials search for cause of plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai

A Russian passenger airliner crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous part Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from a popular Red Sea resort, killing all 224 people on …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 13, 2015, 8:03 p.m.

Missile from Russian-made weapons system responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines plane, probe says

LONDON – A Netherlands-led investigation concluded Tuesday that a missile from a Russia-made Buk weapons system brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last year. All 298 people …


Russia says its warships are firing missiles at Syrian targets

Russian warships have fired more than 20 missiles at militants in Syria, a Russian official said Wednesday, marking an escalation in Moscow’s 8-day-old air campaign that the U.S. says is …


Russian bombers again fail to target Islamic State in second day of attacks

For the second day running, Russian aircraft bombed Syria, striking targets that included U.S.-backed rebel forces, but not apparently positions held by the Islamic State.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 5:18 p.m.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, …


Putin critic gunned down in Moscow

MOSCOW — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said. He was 55.


Far-flung fly fishing in Russia

Don Childress of Sandpoint fondly recalls being among the first Westerners to cast a fly in Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula steelhead and trout streams, where the smallest rainbow of the …


Canadians defeat Russia 5-4 to win World Junior hockey title

TORONTO – Erie Otters star Connor McDavid helped lead Canada to its record 16th World Junior hockey title and first since 2009, scoring a goal in a 5-4 victory over …


Ruble crisis hits hard in KHL

MOSCOW – The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America. As the …


Trudy Rubin: Ukraine the battleground for Putin’s ambitions

When Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress last week, he called on members to support Ukrainian freedom and democracy. They stood and cheered. Ukrainians must “live …


Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

WASHINGTON — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, …


World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — World leaders called for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine on Friday and demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines …


UPDATED: Thu., July 17, 2014, 12:16 p.m.

Official: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost …


Ukraine insurgents stay put in spite of pact

DONETSK, Ukraine – Pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement …


Kathleen Parker: Take advice on Putin from an experienced observer

The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions …


Countermoves could include deployment of American troops

NATO’s top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance nations in Eastern Europe …


Ovechkin apologizes for Russia hockey performance

ARLINGTON, Va. – Alex Ovechkin apologized for Russia’s hockey performance at the Olympics, a sentiment put in perspective by the encouraging news that his father was on the way home …


Winter Olympics: Russia takes victory lap

SOCHI, Russia — Russia concluded the 2014 Winter Olympic today with a lavish, theatrical victory lap celebrating not only successfully hosting the games, but also showcasing a Russia transformed from …


Group dedicated to saving Sochi’s stray dogs

SOCHI, Russia – A silver-haired man smiled as he scratched the head of a restless puppy. A mother and her son admired two mutts snuggled in a brown wicker basket. …


Ukrainian parliament approves new charter, amnesty

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a day that could significantly shift Ukraine’s political destiny, opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the country’s beleaguered president that calls for early elections, …


Disallowed goal heats up Russian hockey fans

MOSCOW – After a heated U.S.-Russia hockey match at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, many Russian spectators have decided the cold war is back – and not just on the …


Russia bombings spark Olympic concerns

The suicide bombings in Russia serve as a chilling reminder of what the Winter Olympics represent to terrorists: A high-profile target with more than 2,500 athletes, some world-famous, waving the …


Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons

MOSCOW — Syria on Monday quickly welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a U.S. strike, …