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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 …


Syria cease-fire set for Saturday under new US-Russia plan

The United States and Russia agreed Monday on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday, U.S. officials said, even as major questions over enforcing and responding to …


Russian fighter jet sale to Iran would violate arms ban, U.S. says

The U.S. says Russia’s proposed sale of fighter jets to Iran would violate a U.N. arms embargo extended as part of the nuclear accord with Tehran.


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 …