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- Ukraine official rejects early elections demand Updated: Dec-05-13 4:09 pm
- Bach to travel to Brazil to check on Rio preps Updated: Dec-04-13 12:55 pm
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- Russian activists urge IOC head Bach on gay rights Updated: Nov-30-13 5:32 pm
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- Putin meets pope and Berlusconi in Italy Updated: Nov-25-13 5:53 pm
- Iran nuclear deal fuels anger, jitters in Mideast Updated: Nov-24-13 5:39 pm
- Analysis: Iran deal leaves Israel few options Updated: Nov-24-13 2:39 pm
- Merkel: EU, Russia need to talk to about east ties Updated: Nov-23-13 5:02 am
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- US eyes increase in Arctic operations Updated: Nov-22-13 3:20 am
- Ukraine suspends preparations for signing EU deal Updated: Nov-21-13 6:28 pm
- Costas: Interviews, not commentary, on Russia law Updated: Nov-20-13 10:35 am
- Russian FM: Syrian opposition warms up to talks Updated: Nov-19-13 8:29 am
- Putin: a "real chance" to make a deal with Iran Updated: Nov-18-13 8:19 am
- East or West? Ukraine now has to choose its path Updated: Nov-18-13 6:43 am
- French president vows tough Iran stance in Israel Updated: Nov-17-13 2:46 pm
- Foes of Russia's anti-gay law ponder new tactics Updated: Nov-17-13 1:31 pm
- McCartney urges Putin to free Greenpeace detainees Updated: Nov-14-13 2:46 pm
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed a controversial news anchor to head a restructured state news agency, a move signaling the Kremlin's intention to tighten control over the media and use it increasingly for propaganda of ultraconservative views.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC is finalizing a letter to Olympic athletes reminding them to refrain from demonstrations or political gestures during the Winter Games in Sochi, including any protests against Russia's law banning gay "propaganda."
BERLIN - German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Sochi, Russia next year.
MOSCOW - A senior Russian prosecutor says jailed billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky could face new charges.
KIEV, Ukraine - A top Ukrainian official on Thursday rejected the opposition's demand for early presidential elections amid major street protests gripping the country, as Western officials scramble to help work out a solution to the crisis.
LONDON - Warning that Brazil has "no time to lose," new International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will travel soon to Rio de Janeiro to check on the troubled preparations for the 2016 Games.
MOSCOW - As the cry for revolution grows louder from Ukrainian protesters rallying for closer ties with Europe, the Kremlin is eager to stave off copycat efforts in Russia. State media are casting the protesters in Kiev as Western-sponsored "professional revolutionaries" bent on violently toppling the government.
PARIS - IOC President Thomas Bach has met with Russian gay rights activists who urged an investigation ahead of the Sochi Olympics into national laws banning "gay propaganda."
VILNIUS, Lithuania - EU leaders Friday revived Cold War rhetoric Friday, accusing Russia of bullying Ukraine into ditching a landmark deal so the former Soviet republic would stay locked in Moscow's orbit.
MOSCOW - Anyone who switched on Russian TV recently might have been forgiven for thinking the Kremlin was relaxing its hard line on gays: Images of rainbow flags and a happy same-sex couple looking adoringly at their child flashed across the screen.
MOSCOW - Russia's vigorous efforts to keep Ukraine within its orbit of influence stem from complex strategic, emotional and cultural issues. As the prospect of Ukraine signing an association agreement with the European Union wanes and Kiev focuses on improving ties with Moscow, here's a look at some of the issues at play:
VATICAN CITY - Russian President Vladimir Putin had a busy first day in Rome on Monday, going from the pope to a "Pussy Riot" protest to dinner at the palazzo of his old friend, Silvio Berlusconi.
JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday while Saudi Arabia remained conspicuously quiet, reflecting the jitters felt throughout the Middle East over Iran's acceptance on the global stage.
JERUSALEM - After feverishly trying to derail the international community's nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now has little choice but to accept an agreement that he has derided as deeply flawed.
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union needs to talk to Russia to ensure that the EU's eastern neighbors don't face political pressure to choose between friendship with the West or Moscow.
In their wilder fantasies, Ukrainian democrats surely fantasize about moving their county to a location with better weather, better scenery and most of all without Russia as an immediate neighbor.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - The U.S. military is looking for ways to expand operations in the vast waters of the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits. But the effort will take money and resources to fill the broad gaps in satellite and communications coverage, add deep-water ports and buy more ships that can withstand the frigid waters or break through the ice.
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine said Thursday it was suspending preparations to sign a landmark agreement with the European Union and would focus instead on restoring ties with Russia, appearing to yield to pressure from its powerful neighbor and dealing a harsh blow to plans for the ex-Soviet nation to integrate further with the West.
NEW YORK - Bob Costas would love to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin about the country's so-called "gay propaganda" law.
MOSCOW - Russia on Tuesday urged Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to cooperate with the opposition in fighting "terrorists" and encouraged the regime to speed up the deliveries of humanitarian aid to the population - a call that reflects Moscow's attempt to position itself as a mediator in Syria peace talks.
MOSCOW - Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that there is a "real chance" to end a standoff over the Iranian nuclear program.
KIEV, Ukraine - According to an old folk tradition, if a man knocks on the door of a Ukrainian beauty with a marriage proposal but does not win her heart, she will reject her suitor by presenting him with a pumpkin.
JERUSALEM - Visiting French President Francois Hollande vowed to maintain his country's tough stance in upcoming nuclear talks with Iran this week, earning praise from his Israeli hosts Sunday as he began a three-day visit to the Jewish state.
NEW YORK - The four-month campaign protesting Russia's ban on "gay propaganda" is entering a new phase, as activists try to heighten pressure on the Olympics' top corporate sponsors to speak out before the Winter Games in Sochi.
LONDON - Paul McCartney cited the lyrics of "Back in the USSR" on Thursday as he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig almost two months ago.