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Germany expels Russian diplomats in probe of Berlin killing

Germany expelled two Russian diplomats Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian on the streets of Berlin in August as prosecutors said evidence suggested the slaying was ordered either …


Lindsey Graham says U.S. must sanction Turkey for testing Russian arms

WASHINGTON – Two leading senators pressed Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to comply with existing law and impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing and testing a Russian-made missile system. South …


Russian scientists present ancient puppy found in permafrost

Russian scientists on Monday showed off a prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, found in permafrost in the country’s Far East.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Decision by WADA puts Russia’s Olympic future in peril

The chances of the Russian flag flying at next year’s Olympics took a potentially lethal hit Friday when anti-doping regulators recommended the country be declared noncompliant for tampering with data …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Trump insists on debunked Ukraine theory, despite testimony

President Donald Trump on Friday promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, a day after a former White House adviser called it a “fictional narrative” …


Russia passes bill targeting bloggers and journalists

Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.


Putin says US ‘political dramas’ diverting focus from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s pleased that the “political battles” in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Russia returns 3 seized ships to Ukraine, talks about summit

Three Ukrainian naval ships that were seized by Russia nearly a year ago have been returned, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Lithuanians, Norwegian released in spy swap with Russia

Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage in Russia were freed Friday in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

France will host of Russia, Ukraine to seek settlement of conflict that has killed 13,000

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 to try to seek a settlement for the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine that has …


MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels

An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links …


Strained US-Turkey ties as Trump and Erdogan hold meeting

President Donald Trump and Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met Wednesday as relations between the NATO allies have fallen to their lowest point in decades, with Turkey drifting closer to …


Climate change triggers a chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific

The salmon catch is collapsing off Japan’s northern coast, plummeting by about 70 percent in the past 15 years. The disappearance of the fish coincides with another striking development: the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Trump says he is weighing Putin invitation to Russian Victory Day parade

President Donald Trump says he’s weighing an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow.


Study: Russia’s web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators

Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Mueller documents: Manafort pushed Ukraine hack theory

Newly released documents show a Trump campaign official told the FBI that during the 2016 presidential race the campaign’s chairman pushed the idea that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind the …


Top Trump adviser steps down ahead of impeachment testimony

President Donald Trump’s top adviser for Russian and European affairs is leaving his job at the White House, a day before he’s scheduled to testify before the House impeachment investigators, …


Denmark allows Russia-Germany gas pipeline

Denmark said Wednesday it is giving permission for a joint German-Russian underwater gas pipeline to be laid to through its territory, in a blow to the United States, which had …


Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba’s resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted his Cuban counterparts for talks Tuesday on expanding cooperation between the old allies.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Russia says it sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria

Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country’s Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Russian woman who admitted being secret agent out of prison

A tantalizing chapter in Russia’s efforts to collect intelligence on American politics came to a close on Friday as a woman who worked as a covert agent was released from …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Trump: Probe of Russia probe will reveal ‘really bad things’

Investigating the investigators, the Justice Department is now scrutinizing the government’s Russia probe as a criminal matter, raising Democrats’ concerns that President Donald Trump may be using federal muscle to …


AP source: DOJ review of Russia probe now a criminal inquiry

The Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia investigation to a formal criminal inquiry.


Putin aims to boost Moscow’s clout with Russia-Africa summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin courted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit while a pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to the continent, …


Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

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

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

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 …