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Bombs strike Aleppo and northern Syria, 54 dead

Syrian government warplanes and artillery pounded rebel-held districts of Aleppo for the second day Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and damaging two hospitals, a blood bank and several residential …


European leaders, NATO caution Trump on warming relations with Russia

European and NATO defense officials on Tuesday cautioned President-elect Donald Trump about his warming relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that they welcomed dialogue but that the United States …


Russia launches new offensive in Syria’s Aleppo

Russia announced a major new air offensive in Syria on Tuesday as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held …


Putin, Trump speak by phone, agree to work to improve ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump spoke over the phone Monday to discuss future efforts to improve the U.S.-Russian ties, the Kremlin and Trump’s office said.


Turkish warplanes attack ISIS stronghold in northern Syria

Turkish warplanes on Monday struck Islamic State positions in and near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab while Ankara-backed Syrian opposition fighters inched closer to the town, one of the …


Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says

Russian government officials had contacts with members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday, in a disclosure that could reopen scrutiny over the Kremlin’s role in …


Russian TV shows nude Melania Trump, election rigging ahead of U.S. election

With hackers who leak emails, epithet-tossing trolls who flood comment sections and top diplomats who speak in locker-room talk, Russia has already played a prominent part in setting the seamy …


Saakashvili steps down as head of corruption-plagued Odessa

Mikhail Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who became governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, announced Monday that he is resigning in frustration at what he characterized as obstruction in efforts to …


Islamic State car bombs in Syria hit U.S.-backed forces aiming for stronghold Raqqa

Islamic State fighters launched a wave of car bombs in northern Syria Monday as U.S.-backed forces made the first moves in a long-awaited push to retake the militant’s de facto …


Putin grants Russian citizenship to actor Steven Seagal

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Steven Seagal, the Kremlin said Thursday. The 64-year-old Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia …


WikiLeaks founder denies Russia behind Podesta email hacking

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied Thursday that the Russian government or any other “state parties” were his group’s source for more than 50,000 hacked emails from the files of Hillary …


Fourth-largest city in Russia has HIV epidemic, official says

Russian health officials say one in 50 people in Russia’s fourth-largest city are infected with the HIV virus.


Astronauts share experiences after 115 days on International Space Station

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin slid out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft that delivered him to a remote steppe in Kazakhstan Sunday morning (local time). He and fellow astronauts Kate Rubins …


Russia harshly rebuked, voted off U.N. Human Rights Council

The General Assembly voted Russia off the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, a stunning rebuke to the country which is increasingly being accused of war crimes over its actions …


Kyrgyzstan’s cabinet resigns amid political turmoil

Kyrgyzstan’s Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.


Russia: Halt of airstrikes on Aleppo to continue

The Russian military said Tuesday the halt of Russian and Syrian air strikes, now in its seventh day, on besieged eastern parts of the city of Aleppo will continue and …


Plans to send heavier weapons to CIA-backed rebels in Syria stall amid White House skepticism

As rebel-held sections of Aleppo crumbled under Russian bombing this month, the Obama administration was secretly weighing plans to rush more firepower to CIA-backed units in Syria. Neither approved nor …


Cease-fire crumbles in Aleppo as fighting resumes

A burst of fighting in the flash-point Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday appeared to shatter a unilateral Russian cease-fire, signaling a resumption of the government’s offensive to seize rebel-held …


Russia: Demands for Assad’s departure are ‘thoughtless’

The entire territory of Syria must be “liberated,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s departure as “thoughtless.”


Russia says US airstrike “war crime”

BAGHDAD – The Russian Defense Ministry says an airstrike in Iraq by the U.S.-led coalition has left dozens of civilians dead. The ministry’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said Friday’s …


Report: Russian helicopter crash kills 19

Nineteen people have been killed and three more are injured after a Russian military helicopter crash-landed in the country’s northern Yamal region, news agency TASS reported Saturday, citing an unnamed …


Evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize despite lull

A cease-fire to allow wounded civilians and rebels to leave besieged parts of Aleppo has been extended into the weekend by Russia, but hoped-for medical evacuations didn’t materialize by Friday …


Syrian forces prepare to open corridors out of Aleppo

Syrian government forces and their Russian counterparts prepared Wednesday to open corridors out of the besieged districts of Aleppo, in the hope that fighters and civilians will evacuate the contested …


Norway asked to host rotational force of U.S. Marines

STOCKHOLM – The United States wants to send a 300-strong rotational force of U.S. Marines to Norway, a NATO member that shares a border with Russia in the Arctic. Norwegian …


Clinton campaign’s hacking worries prompt security warnings on even the bathrooms

Bathrooms in Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters feature some unusual decor: Reminders about good password hygiene. One sign hung above a urinal reads “You wouldn’t share your toothbrush, don’t share …


Obama says Trump modeling policies on Putin

President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused Republican Donald Trump of showering praise and modeling his policies on Russian President Vladimir Putin to a degree that is “unprecedented in American politics.”


Russia, Syria halt Aleppo airstrikes ahead of 8-hour lull

Russian and Syrian warplanes halted their airstrikes on Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo on Tuesday in preparation for a temporary pause in the military push that Moscow has announced for …


Russia sets brief cease-fire for Aleppo as strikes kill 36

Russian and Syrian forces will halt hostilities for eight hours in the eastern districts of Aleppo, Russia’s military announced on Monday, a day on which opposition activists said their airstrikes …


Russia’s response to U.S. accusations that it hacked Democratic emails? How flattering

The Obama administration has blamed Russia for the email hacks that have created a chronic headache for Hillary Clinton, the latest batch of which, from campaign Chairman John Podesta’s account, …


WikiLeaks releases more emails from Clinton campaign chairman

WikiLeaks on Wednesday released almost 1,200 more emails that it said were hacked from the personal account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, bringing the number of messages posted …