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Russia assailed in report for doping program

Russian government officials engineered the drug-fueled corruption of nearly 30 Olympic sports, an investigator found, prompting the World Anti-Doping Agency to call for a ban of the country’s entire team …


Draft letter from sports leaders: Ban Russia from Olympics

A letter drafted by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping leaders urging Russia’s removal from the upcoming Olympics is circulating days before the public release of a report expected to detail a …


Charles Krauthammer: Resisting the revisionists: Finally, a first step

NATO will now deploy four battalions to front-line states. In Estonia, they will be led by Britain; in Lithuania, by Germany; in Latvia, by Canada; in Poland, by the United …


U.S., Russia agree on ‘steps’ in Syria, but won’t say what

The United States and Russia agreed Friday on new steps they said could make a difference in Syria’s relentless civil war, hinting at an improbable military partnership that has been …


Mormon missionaries to stay in Russia despite new law

Mormon missionaries will remain in Russia despite the country’s new anti-terrorism law, which will put greater restrictions on religious work starting later this month.


Two Russian soldiers die after helicopter shot down in Syria

Russia’s military said two of its airmen have died in Syria after their helicopter was shot down in Syria by fighters of the Islamic State group.


NATO leaders gear up for threats from Russia, south

NATO leaders geared up Friday for a long-term standoff with Russia, ordering multinational troops to Poland and the three Baltic states as Moscow moves forward with its own plans to …


Turkey airport bombers from Russia, Central Asia, official says

As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan …


Russia’s defense minister visits Syria, meets Assad

Russia’s defense minister visited Syria on Saturday to meet the country’s leader and inspect the Russian air base there, a high-profile trip intended to underline Moscow’s role in the region.


Putin says Russia will work with any U.S. president

After two days of meetings with top European officials and international executives, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded reconciliatory in a round-table with international media Friday, saying Russia is ready to …


Trudy Rubin: Democracy threatened as populism rises

What Trumpism ignores is Ilves’ larger point: The West must recognize the value of a free and secure Europe, something that NATO countries took for granted during the past two …


Polish forest’s fate uncertain

It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam …


Russia urges joint action with U.S. against Syria’s al-Qaida

The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.


Russian opposition leader, five others hurt in Cossack attack

A group of Cossacks attacked Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his associates and beat some of them outside an airport in southern Russia on Tuesday, an assault highlighting an …


Russia has doping problem and is ‘sorry,’ says minister

Russia has a “problem” with doping and is “very sorry” that its cheating athletes were not caught sooner, the country’s sports minister said.


Putin warns Russia will respond to NATO missile shield

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday described the development of NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense program as a threat to global security and vowed that his nation will take the necessary …


Syrian rebels shell west Aleppo

BEIRUT – Syrian rebels Saturday shelled government-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo Saturday, casting doubts on the future of a temporary local cease-fire announced by Russia, the government’s …


Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp

Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as …


Deal reached to extend Syria truce to Aleppo, US officials say

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria’s government and moderate rebels to extend the country’s fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials …


Navy boss: Russian jets should stop buzzing US planes, ship

Russian jets buzzing a U.S. military ship and planes in the Baltics are escalating tension between the two nations, the chief of naval operations said Monday.


Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea

The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday expressed their joint opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take …


Ukraine conflict death toll at 9,333, U.N. says

The U.N. says nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict begin in April 2014.


Georgia arrests 6 on suspicion of trying to sell uranium

The nation of Georgia’s security service has announced the arrest of six people suspected of illegally acquiring uranium-238 and trying to sell the radioactive substance for $200 million.


Russia’s Putin seeks to charm, insists economy on the mend

Mixing wry jokes with economic statistics, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to reassure the nation during his annual marathon call-in TV show Thursday, promising that its troubled economy will rebound …


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 …