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UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Probe shows that Russian jet had excessive landing speed

A preliminary probe into last month’s crash of a Russian passenger jet that left 41 dead has found the plane was going at an excessive speed when it made an …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Trump says he’d ‘of course’ tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt

President Donald Trump appears to be walking back his comments earlier this week that he might not contact law enforcement if he were to be offered


Hundreds detained in Moscow protest over journalist’s case

Hundreds of people were detained Wednesday as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Russian journalist freed after police abruptly drop charges

In a surprising turnaround, Russia’s interior ministry dropped drug-dealing charges against a prominent investigative reporter Tuesday and promised to go after police officers who allegedly tried to frame him.


Russian newspapers show solidarity with detained journalist

In a show of rare solidarity, Russia’s three major newspapers on Monday put out nearly identical front pages to support a detained journalist.


Rights activist in Chechnya gets parole on drug sentence

A court in the Russian province of Chechnya granted parole Monday to a prominent rights activist whose conviction drew an international outcry.


Putin says US unilateralism hurts global trade, sows chaos

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for using pressure and sanctions to maintain its economic supremacy, saying it spawns chaos in global affairs.


Prominent investigative journalist detained in Russia

A prominent Russian investigative journalist has been charged with drug dealing after four grams of the synthetic stimulant mephedrone were found in his backpack, Moscow police said Friday.


US orders end to Turkey’s involvement in F-35 program

The Pentagon has notified Turkey that it is canceling its purchase of F-35 fighter jets if the Turkish government goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system.


US, Russia blame each other as ships nearly collide in Asia

The U.S. and Russia accused each other of unsafe actions on Friday after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165 feet of each other in the …


Putin says Russia didn’t meddle in US vote, despite evidence

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reaffirmed his staunch denial that his government meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election despite the extensive evidence to the contrary, and insisted Moscow …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Russian, Chinese leaders hail burgeoning ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for Kremlin talks that reflected increasingly close ties between the two former Cold War-era communist rivals.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

US officials warn of climate risk as Trump dismisses it

Senior U.S. officials warned Congress on Wednesday about the threat to national security from melting ice in the Arctic as Russia and other adversaries take advantage of the increasing possibilities …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Russia demands Tinder give user data to secret services

Russia is requiring dating app Tinder to hand over data on its users – including messages – to the national intelligence agencies, part of the country’s widening crackdown on internet …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

2 Russians venture into open space from Space Station

Two Russian crewmembers on the International Space Station ventured into open space Wednesday to conduct scientific research and help maintain the orbiting outpost.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo tensions

Russia and its traditional ally Serbia are blaming NATO and the European Union for the recent increase in tensions in Kosovo which saw local police launch a raid in the …


Former White House lawyer won’t testify after Trump direction

President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the president’s wishes and skip …


AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s miscues on trade and drug prices

A look at the veracity of claims by political figures this week.


Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again

The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent’s main human rights body despite its 2014 annexation of the Crimea Peninsula …


Florida lawmakers push FBI to name counties hacked by Russia

Members of Florida’s congressional delegation said Thursday it was unacceptable that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will not publicly identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

At odds on many fronts, US and Russia hope for better ties

On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections.


Britain warns US-Iran conflict could break out ‘by accident’

Britain warned Monday that armed conflict might be sparked “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with …


Arms control, Venezuela, Iran high on Pompeo’s Russia agenda

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over the crisis in Venezuela and the Trump administration’s …


Dana Milbank: No, Mitch, the case isn’t closed

Contrary to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s declaration about the Russia investigation, it isn’t “case closed” – not by a long shot.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

Human rights group reports new wave of Chechnya gay abuse

More gay men are being detained and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to an international human rights group.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Trump’s Iran policy put to test as end to nuclear deal looms

President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

House panel votes Barr in contempt, escalating Trump dispute

The White House invoked executive privilege Wednesday, claiming the right to block lawmakers from the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller on his Trump-Russia probe and escalating the battle …


US warns China, Russia against aggression in Arctic region

The Trump administration warned China and Russia on Monday that the U.S. won’t stand for aggressive moves in the Arctic region, which is rapidly opening up to development and commerce …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

Plane was heavy with extra fuel before deadly crash landing

A Russian airliner that took off from Moscow was airborne for just 28 minutes before returning to make an emergency landing while still heavy with unburned fuel, which then ignited …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

Democrats set contempt vote for Barr over Mueller report

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Monday scheduled a vote this week to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the battle between the Democrat-led House …