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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen sweeping war games carried out by his nation’s strategic nuclear forces.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Ukraine peace plan in limbo after inconclusive talks

A plan for Ukrainian and separatists to pull back their troops and weapons in eastern Ukraine remained in limbo after another round of inconclusive talks Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the …


Russian journalist detained in Iran

A Russian journalist has been arrested in the Iranian capital and kept in custody since earlier this week, the Russian embassy to Tehran said on Friday.


Europe praises Ukraine deal, but opposition sees a betrayal

Russia and European powers, eager to end a protracted military conflict in eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday welcomed the new accord between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists but many in Ukraine dismissed …


Then and Now: Operation Walkout

During the Cold War, atomic bombs were on everyone’s mind. Spokane was chosen as the first city in the nation to attempt a complete evacuation of its downtown area, about …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Naval base in Syria cements Russia’s Mediterranean foothold

A Russian submarine has moored at Russia’s base in Syria after a patrol mission while another one is getting ready to sail off after replenishing supplies – the rotation that …


Russia’s Putin hosts Venezuelan leader Maduro for talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday reiterated his support for his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, who has made a surprise visit to Moscow.


Space launch includes 1st flyer from United Arab Emirates

An American, a Russian and the first space flyer from the United Arab Emirates blasted off Wednesday on a mission to the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Justice Dept. files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity …


Taliban in Moscow just days after Trump says talks ‘dead’

A Taliban official says the insurgent group’s negotiating team has arrived in the Russian capital just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a deal that had been nearly a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 1:56 p.m.

Snowden tells life story and why he leaked in new memoir

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom …


Al-Qaida chief in 9/11 speech calls for attacks on West

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri called Wednesday on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Russian crackdown on protesters seen as intimidation tactic

MOSCOW – In just a few days, Sergei Abanichev was arrested, thrown in jail and charged with a crime that could keep him behind bars for up to eight years …


Russian firm sues Boeing over Max jet, says defects hidden

A Russian aircraft leasing company that ordered 35 Boeing Max jets is suing the U.S. aircraft maker, accusing it of hiding defects in the plane that has been grounded after …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Macron’s G-7 performance arms him for likely troubles ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron used the three-day summit of G-7 leaders he hosted in southwest France to showcase his political talents.


Turkey’s Erdogan visits Russian air show as Putin’s guest

In a show of burgeoning security ties between Russia and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening of an annual Russian air show as a guest of President …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Trump portrays G-7 as a lovefest, papering over differences

Never mind his differences with world leaders on China, trade, Russia, Iran and more. President Donald Trump’s takeaway message from the Group of Seven summit in France was “unity.” In …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Vladimir Putin orders Russia to respond after U.S. missile test

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms …


Two victims of mysterious Russian missile blast died of radiation sickness, report says

Two of the Russian specialists killed in the explosion at a White Sea missile testing range died not of traumatic injuries from the blast itself but of radiation sickness before …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Trump says would be ‘appropriate’ for Russia to rejoin G-7

President Donald Trump says it would be appropriate for Russia to be readmitted to a group of the world’s major industrial nations.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Russia restarts sharing radiation data, big questions linger

Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, an nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Pilot hailed as hero after bird strike disables Russian jet

A Russian pilot was hailed as a hero Thursday for safely landing his passenger jet in a cornfield after a collision with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff crippled …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Russian military orders village evacuation, then cancels it

The Russian military on Tuesday told residents of a village near a navy testing range to evacuate, but cancelled the order hours later, adding to the uncertainty and confusion fueled …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 11:18 a.m.

Analysis shows 12% could vote without paper backup in 2020

More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking.


1 killed, 13 injured by blasts at Russian military depot

Russian authorities say powerful explosions that started at a military depot in Siberia two days ago left one person dead and 13 people injured.


Meteorologist: Russia wildfires linked to climate change

The head of Russia’s meteorological service says he sees global climate change as a factor behind the wildfires blazing throughout Siberia and the country’s Far East.


U.S. will test new missile technology after Russia treaty ends

The U.S. is planning to conduct tests soon on new missile technology that would have violated a treaty with Russia that expired Friday, senior administration officials said.


Syria says it agrees to cease-fire in rebel stronghold

Syria’s government said it has agreed to a conditional cease-fire starting late Thursday in northwestern Syria, according to state media. Government troops and allied Russia warplanes have been carrying out …


Russian spaceship brings 3 tons of supplies to space station

An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying tons of supplies to the International Space Station has docked with the orbiting laboratory.