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  • Dutch probe: Buk missile downed Malaysian jet in Ukraine story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-13-15 4:32 pm

    GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands - The missile shot skyward from war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. With deadly accuracy more than six miles up, it detonated just in front of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner, sending hundreds of jagged steel shards ripping through its aluminum skin at up to 5,600 mph and shearing the cockpit from the rest of the plane.

  • US draws a line on protecting CIA-backed rebels in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-13-15 4:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Russian military intervention to prop up Syria's government has brought new scrutiny of the CIA's secret support to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. But how far is the U.S. willing to go to empower its proxies to take on Vladimir Putin's allies?

  • Russian Embassy shelled in Syria as insurgents hit back story has photos
    Updated: Oct-13-15 2:40 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled Tuesday as pro-government demonstrators gathered outside, and Syria's largest insurgent coalition announced an offensive to counter Moscow's airstrikes that have injected new fury in the conflict.

  • Amid Russian airstrikes, a Putin craze takes hold in Mideast 
    Updated: Oct-12-15 2:54 pm

    BEIRUT - Amid the ornate walls of Damascus' famed Omayyad Mosque, preacher Maamoun Rahmeh stood before worshippers last week, declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin a "giant and beloved leader" who has "destroyed the myth of the self-aggrandizing America."

  • EU criticizes Russia's military moves in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-12-15 1:33 pm

    LUXEMBOURG - European Union nations on Monday criticized Russia's military intervention in Syria, with the bloc's top diplomat calling it a worrying "game changer." But EU countries maintained Moscow's efforts wouldn't keep President Bashar Assad in power.

  • Review: 'Strong Light of Day' is wildly entertaining 
    Updated: Oct-12-15 10:41 am

    "Strong Light of Day" (Forge Books), by Jon Land

  • No surprise: Lukashenko wins Belarus presidential race story has photos
    Updated: Oct-12-15 9:03 am

    MINSK, Belarus - In a development that surprised no one, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday was declared the winner of a fifth term following an election campaign boycotted by the opposition.

  • Officials: CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz story has photos
    Updated: Oct-10-15 11:14 am

    WASHINGTON - CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad's forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say.

  • Belarus' Lukashenko set for re-election 
    Updated: Oct-10-15 7:07 am

    MINSK, Belarus - In the 21 years under Alexander Lukashenko's rule, Belarus in many ways has seemed little different than the Soviet republic it once was. Dissent is stifled, sometimes harshly. The economy remains largely state-controlled. Even the flag is nearly identical to the Soviet-era emblem.

  • In Belarus, opposition artists express dissent underground 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 12:10 pm

    MINSK, Belarus - Belarus' crippled political opposition has been cautious in its criticisms ahead of Sunday's presidential election. Not so the country's underground artists.

  • NATO talks tough on Russia in Syria, with scant action story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 2:23 pm

    BRUSSELS - NATO talked tough Thursday about Moscow's expanding military activity in Syria, but the U.S.-led alliance's chief response to the Russian airstrikes and cruise missile attacks was a public pledge to help reinforce the defenses of member nation Turkey if necessary.

  • Putin spends his birthday playing hockey with NHL stars story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 3:09 pm

    MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

  • Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria , officials say 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:58 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iran played an integral role leading up to Russia's move to launch its air campaign in Syria and play a stronger role in Iraq, with one of Tehran's most powerful generals meeting for three hours with President Vladimir Putin to push for intervention, Iraqi government officials tell The Associated Press.

  • The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 1:08 pm

    BEIRUT - The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).

  • Kremlin sets out to extend control over the Russian Internet 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:56 am

    MOSCOW - Galina Timchenko recalls how proud she felt when the Russian news website she edited reached 3 million users per day. When she reported the figures to the website's owner, he was horrified.

  • Belarus' president says he doesn't want Russian air base story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:07 pm

    MINSK, Belarus - Belarus doesn't want to host a Russian military air base, President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday, a statement that highlighted a strain between the two neighbors and allies.

  • US officials question Russian flight incursion into Turkey 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:13 pm

    MADRID - The U.S. does not believe Russia's incursion into Turkey's airspace was an accident, a senior U.S. official said Monday, adding that urgent talks are underway on what to do about the weekend incident.

  • The Latest: Record 150-plus world leaders at UN summit story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:03 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The latest developments from the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism - the Islamic State in particular - and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

  • Russian, Ukrainian leaders hold talks in Paris story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 5:24 pm

    PARIS - A summit reviving a European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine ended Friday with a call for the delay of contentious rebel plans to hold local elections this month and for both sides to begin a promised withdrawal of smaller-caliber weapons.

  • Obama rejects Russian approach to ending Syrian war 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war.

  • Kasich calls for Syria no-fly zones, warns Russia to comply story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 2:17 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday the United States should establish no-fly zones and sanctuaries along Syria's border with Jordan and Turkey, and warn aggressors, specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they violate those buffers at their own risk.

  • Russia criticizes US for seeking ouster of Syria's Assad story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:01 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Russia's foreign minister criticized the United States and other countries trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, warning that U.S.-led campaigns that got rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi brought those countries turmoil, not peace.

  • The Latest: Russia says not invited to strike in Iraq story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:01 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 12:37 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Syria's Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 8:01 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The office of Syrian President Bashar Assad is welcoming Russia's decision to send troops to Syria, saying the military support came at the request of Damascus.