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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, …


Invitation has teen dancing on air

RATHDRUM – Warm boots, a good winter coat, a passport and travel visa – and Russian language lessons. Isaac Sanders is making a list of what he needs in the …


Obama cancels Moscow summit with Putin

LOS ANGELES — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Prince returns early

Epiphanny Prince (pictured) will head back to Chicago a little sooner than expected. Prince will return to the U.S. this week after Russia didn’t advance past the opening round of …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2012, 10:55 a.m.

Protests for Russian punk band span globe

PARIS — Supporters of the punk rock band Pussy Riot bared their breasts, covered their faces with ski masks and cross-dressed today in a series of raucous protests that stretched …


Field reports: New website details potential wildlife lands

PUBLIC LAND – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled a website, wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions, this week detailing a wish list of properties the state may buy for fish and wildlife …


Meehan: Henry teaches golf tactics to Russia’s teams

Randy Henry just returned to North Idaho from working 3 1/2 months on his latest golf project and it couldn’t have been more tiring, interesting or rewarding. Henry has instructed …


Obama to Russia: More flexibility after elections

SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama told Russia’s leader today that he would have more flexibility after the November election to deal with the contentious issue of missile defense, …


Billionaire N.J. Nets owner to challenge Putin for Russian presidency

After a week of surprising challenges to his authority, Vladimir Putin faces a new one from one of Russia’s richest and most glamorous figures: The billionaire owner of the New …


Russian jet crash kills 43, many top hockey stars

A private Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team slammed into a riverbank moments after takeoff today, killing at least 43 people in one of the worst plane crashes …


Drought, fire hinder Russian wheat

MOSCOW – A severe drought destroyed one-fifth of the wheat crop in Russia, the world’s third-largest exporter, and now wildfires are sweeping in to finish off some of the fields …


U.S., Russia conduct swap

NEW YORK – In the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, 10 confessed Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America were ordered deported Thursday in exchange for four people convicted …


U.S., Russia spy swap likely

WASHINGTON – Across a vast global chessboard, the pieces were set in motion Wednesday. In Moscow, Igor Sutyagin, an imprisoned physicist, was transported from a prison camp near the Arctic …


Children in spy case in limbo

NEW YORK – Children often ask the question “Who am I?” as they come of age, but that’s nothing like the identity crisis now confronting the sons and daughters of …


Officials: Keep spy suspects jailed

NEW YORK – One of 11 people charged with being part of a Russian spy ring told investigators that his loyalty to his handlers exceeded his commitment to his own …


Alleged spies’ lives distinctly American

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Richard and Cynthia Murphy grew lettuce in a backyard garden, walked their daughters to the school bus each morning, and swapped Christmas cards with old neighbors who …


Officials charge 11 as agents for Russia

WASHINGTON – Federal officials on Monday charged 11 people on the East Coast as secret agents of Russia in a multiyear investigation that turned up allegations of a vast undercover …


U.S., Russia talks a walk in the park

WASHINGTON – The president of the United States and the president of Russia enjoyed quite a summer’s day on Thursday: Grab some burgers, joke about Twitter, take a walk in …


Uzbeks flee violence, riots in Kyrgyzstan

JALAL-KUDUK, Uzbekistan – Standing behind barbed wire with other Uzbek refugees, the woman tearfully raised her hands in a Muslim prayer for her dead husband. She had left his body …


U.S.-Russian relations show signs of thawing

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s meeting today in Prague with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, where they’ll sign a new nuclear arms reduction pact, will highlight a thaw in relations between …


Ukrainian couple made leaps of faith

Nikolay and Maria Yefremov hold hands and gaze at grandsons Paul and Dan Chuyashov. The Ukrainian couple emigrated from their homeland 18 years ago as the Soviet Union dissolved. America, …


Moscow subway toll stands at 38

MOSCOW – Terror returned to the heart of Russia, with two deadly suicide bombings on the Moscow subway at rush hour, including an attack at the station beneath the headquarters …


Obama, Medvedev sign off on new nuclear pact

Capping months of hard negotiations, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed on Friday to sharp cuts in the nuclear arsenals of both nations in the most comprehensive …


US, Russian sources: Nuclear arms treaty close

All but the final details have been cleared away for a historic nuclear arms reduction pact between the U.S. and Russia, officials said Wednesday, with the former Cold War rivals …


Russia considers altering asteroid’s path

MOSCOW – Russia’s space agency chief said Wednesday a spacecraft may be dispatched to knock a large asteroid off course and reduce the chances of Earth impact, even though U.S. …


Trudy Rubin: Honor those who died for right to speak out

In this Christmas season, I want to pay tribute to two unsung heroes who stood up to repressive regimes – and paid with their lives. One was Iranian, one Russian, …


Putin considers return to presidency in 2012

MOSCOW – Wagging his pen and gazing directly into the camera, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent his strongest signal yet Thursday that he plans to return to Russia’s presidency, telling …


Russia considering trimming time zones

MOSCOW – Russia has 11 time zones across its vast territory – and its leaders believe that’s just too many hours in the day. President Dmitry Medvedev suggested Thursday that …


Russia rebuffs U.S. on Iran sanctions

MOSCOW – Further sanctions against Iran would be “counterproductive,” Russia’s top diplomat said on Tuesday, pushing back pointedly against U.S. pressure for a tougher stance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The …


Castlegar, Revelstoke offer unique looks at Canadian history

It was a fall British Columbia golfing holiday for my wife Sally and me, but since you can’t play the game all day long, we had time to sightsee. We …