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U.S. to Russia: ‘Put up or shut up’ on Syrian ceasefire

The Obama administration, frustrated by Syria’s ongoing violence, told Russia on Tuesday to “put up or shut up” about implementing a ceasefire in the Arab country, even as the U.S. …


Ukraine’s government survives no-confidence vote

The government of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived a no-confidence vote on Tuesday though a majority of lawmakers harshly criticized its work.


Russia, Saudis tentatively offer to freeze oil output levels

Oil powerhouses Russia and Saudi Arabia joined Qatar and Venezuela in pledging Tuesday to cap their crude output if other producers do the same, aiming to halt a slide that …


Airstrikes in northern Syria hit 2 hospitals, school

Airstrikes hit two hospitals and a school in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of people on Monday, according to opposition activists, who said the strikes were carried out by …


Russian prime minister accuses NATO of rekindling Cold War

Russia’s prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance’s top official defended as …


Cease-fire in Syria announced by world powers

The United States, Russia and other world powers agreed to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war to start in one week in an effort to stop …


NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe

NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance’s secretary-general announced.


Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

The U.S. says Russia’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State.


North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …


Russian troops on high alert as part of massive drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with …


Pentagon wants defense boost to counter Russia

The Obama administration wants to boost military spending in Europe next year to stockpile heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, a substantial expansion …


Turkey issues warning to Russia, claiming airspace violation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow on Saturday that it would be forced to “endure the consequences” if its jets continue to violate Turkish airspace, after Ankara reported a …


Putin denounces Soviet founder Lenin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a “time bomb” under the state, and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.


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 …