- Chechen leader threatens foes in bid to gain Putin's support Updated: Feb-10-16 1:07 pm
MOSCOW - The Kremlin-backed strongman of Chechnya has issued a stream of threats against Russia's liberal opposition, but his primary audience appears to be the Russian president himself.
- Moscow small businesses razed, sparking anger Updated: Feb-10-16 10:36 am
MOSCOW - Russian activists and political commentators are criticizing Moscow authorities over the late-night destruction of small businesses when a number of buildings were flattened around the city on orders from city mayor's office.
- Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear Updated: Feb-09-16 12:28 pm
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.
- Russian town in Siberia makes DiCaprio an ersatz Oscar Updated: Feb-09-16 9:29 am
MOSCOW - Residents of a town in Russia's Far East have been donating their gold and silver for something near and dear to their hearts: Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Hundreds of thousands celebrate Carnival in Cologne Updated: Feb-08-16 1:07 pm
COLOGNE, Germany - Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Cologne for its annual Rose Monday parade, the culmination of five days of Carnival festivities that took place amid heightened security following robberies and sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve.
- Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills Updated: Feb-08-16 11:49 am
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.
- Belarusian leader says Russia will offer bailout Updated: Feb-08-16 11:03 am
MINSK, Belarus - The leader of Belarus says Russia has promised to offer financial assistance to his nation.
- King of Bahrain in Russia for talks with Putin Updated: Feb-08-16 10:37 am
SOCHI, Russia - President Vladimir Putin has hosted the ruler of Bahrain for talks focused on the Syrian crisis and economic cooperation.
- Chechen leader posts threatening messages online Updated: Feb-08-16 7:19 am
MOSCOW - The leader of Russia's Chechen republic has posted several pictures online that have been viewed as threats to the Russian opposition.
- German state governor draws criticism over Putin visit Updated: Feb-04-16 2:39 am
BERLIN - Bavaria's governor is drawing criticism in Germany for traveling to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and sounding a softer tone on sanctions than his country's government.
- Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost Updated: Feb-03-16 12:43 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia's military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and weapons on NATO's nervous eastern flank.
- Germany's Merkel presses Putin on Ukraine separatists Updated: Feb-02-16 5:46 am
BERLIN - The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged President Vladimir Putin to use Russia's influence with separatists in eastern Ukraine to help secure progress toward a political solution.
- Florida Democrats have clear choice in race to replace Rubio Updated: Jan-28-16 11:28 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Democrats must decide whether their best shot at winning the Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio is a liberal firebrand who has said the GOP health plan was to hope people die quickly, or a moderate Democrat who often votes with Republicans.
- Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.
- Russia's FM calls British inquiry into poisoned spy a "show" Updated: Jan-26-16 8:15 am
MOSCOW - Russia's foreign minister has rejected the conclusion by a British judge that former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko had been poisoned by two men acting at the behest of Russia's spy agency as a "show" lacking substance.
- Analysis: Russia's tone familiar after spy poisoning report Updated: Jan-22-16 3:00 pm
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has made no public comment on the sensational report by a British judge that concluded the Kremlin leader probably approved a 2006 plan to kill a Russian dissident in London. Instead, his subordinates went before reporters and portrayed it as a groundless accusation concocted by a relentlessly hostile West.
- Moldova: 3,000 protest, call for early elections Updated: Jan-22-16 11:41 am
CHISINAU, Moldova - Some 3,000 people protested in the Moldovan capital Friday for a third day running calling for early elections, better governance and demanding an end to widespread corruption.
- What We Know: Key takeaways in case of poisoned spy Updated: Jan-21-16 5:05 pm
A British judge has concluded that two Russians, acting at the behest of Moscow's security services and probably with approval from President Vladimir Putin, poisoned ex-KGB agent and fierce Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko. Here's what we know:
- UK judge: Putin 'probably approved' killing of ex-KGB agent Updated: Jan-21-16 3:44 pm
LONDON - Almost a decade after former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko lay dying in a London hospital bed, a British judge has concluded who poisoned him: two Russian men, acting at the behest of Russia's security services, probably with approval from President Vladimir Putin.
- Key findings from British report into former agent's killing Updated: Jan-21-16 2:14 pm
LONDON - Judge Robert Owen's report into the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was published in Britain Thursday. Here are some of the key findings from the report:
- The Latest: US looking closely at UK report on Litvinenko Updated: Jan-21-16 2:02 pm
LONDON - The latest developments in the lengthy British public inquiry into the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
- Hungary's Orban invited to Feb. 17 meeting with Putin Updated: Jan-21-16 11:05 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary says Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been invited to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 17.
- Timeline of events in Alexander Litvinenko investigation Updated: Jan-21-16 8:20 am
LONDON - A British judge has published a report on the 2006 death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by the Russian security service to kill him with poison. Here is a timeline of events surrounding the case:
- Japan FM says Russia key to resolving Syria, N. Korea issues Updated: Jan-19-16 9:16 am
TOKYO - Japan's foreign minister pledged Tuesday to continue talks with Russia even though the two countries still lack a World War II peace treaty, saying Moscow is key to resolving international threats from Syria and North Korea.
- In tight race, Democrats debate passion versus practicality Updated: Jan-18-16 8:24 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - With just two weeks to go before the first votes of the 2016 race for president, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders engaged in their most contentious debate match-up to date, underscoring their tightening primary race as the Iowa caucuses draw near.