- NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis Updated: Sep-03-15 7:04 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania - With fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence, sparked by the fighting in Ukraine.
- Fire at Moscow airport delays flights, passengers evacuated Updated: Sep-03-15 3:52 am
MOSCOW - A fire at Moscow's largest airport prompted an evacuation of all passengers and delayed at least 50 flights.
- Russia delays new body to assign blame for Syrian attacks Updated: Sep-02-15 6:35 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Russia is holding up Security Council approval of a proposed new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time.
- Russia: Security Council addressing Europe's migrant crisis Updated: Sep-02-15 4:59 pm
- New Ukraine doctrine declares Russia military opponent Updated: Sep-02-15 2:28 pm
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's national security council on Wednesday approved a new military doctrine that declares Russia to be a military opponent and calls for the country to pursue NATO membership.
- Government minister takes over Russian football Updated: Sep-02-15 12:56 pm
MOSCOW - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko took over control of the country's football association Wednesday ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with promises of government money for the sport.
- Russia's Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII Updated: Sep-02-15 7:52 am
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin joined Russian veterans on Wednesday for an unusual ceremony commemorating the 1945 victory over Japan to end World War II.
- France to face Russia at Stade de France in March Updated: Sep-02-15 5:21 am
PARIS - France will host Russia next year in a friendly at the Stade de France as part of its preparations for the 2016 European Championship.
- Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station Updated: Sep-02-15 1:34 am
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station.
- A preview of new gear China's military showing off at parade Updated: Sep-02-15 1:10 am
BEIJING - When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.
- Moldovan police chief briefly detained at Moscow airport Updated: Sep-01-15 2:46 pm
CHISINAU, Moldova - Authorities say Moldova's police chief was detained for three hours at an airport in Moscow before being released.
- Putin takes part in hockey game against students in Russia Updated: Sep-01-15 2:42 pm
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin may be nearing his 63rd birthday, but he can still beat a team of kids in hockey. With the help of some of Russia's most formidable hockey veterans, that is.
- Russia's flagship airline to take over domestic rival Updated: Sep-01-15 12:38 pm
MOSCOW - Russia's second-largest passenger airline, the struggling Transaero, will be taken over by the country's top carrier, Aeroflot.
- North Korean choir gives military-inspired concert in Russia Updated: Sep-01-15 10:58 am
MOSCOW - The North Korean National Choir has performed for the first time in the Russian capital, putting on a military-inspired concert.
- Parliamentary coalition in Ukraine shows cracks Updated: Sep-01-15 10:40 am
KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian parliament majority showed cracks on Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was exiting the coalition over a measure to give more powers to Ukrainian regions, including the rebel-held east.
- China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders Updated: Sep-01-15 9:18 am
BEIJING - Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.
- Russian parliamentarian calls US ban from conference illegal Updated: Aug-31-15 7:34 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament denounced U.S. sanctions banning her from attending a world conference as illegal and took aim at America's global status, telling lawmakers by video link that the days of U.S. superpower domination are over.
- Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed Updated: Aug-31-15 5:31 pm
KIEV, Ukraine - As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on Monday, and the Interior Ministry said one officer was killed in a grenade blast and more than 100 were wounded.
- Flood at Russian zoo kills 1 bear, traps 14 others in cages Updated: Aug-31-15 12:43 pm
MOSCOW - A flood has swept through a private zoo in Russia's Far East, trapping 14 brown bears and a lion in their half-submerged cages.
- Moldova: separatist leader to wed his foreign minister Updated: Aug-31-15 11:14 am
CHISINAU, Moldova - The leader of a pro-Russian separatist republic has announced that his foreign minister is resigning to take up another position: she'll become his wife.
- Migrants bike into Norway at remote Arctic border crossing Updated: Aug-31-15 11:07 am
HELSINKI - As Europe grapples with record-breaking numbers of migrants, a trickle of asylum seekers from Syria and the Mediterranean region have found an unlikely route: Through Russia to a remote Arctic border post in Norway, partly on bicycles.
- Germany open to new 4-way Ukraine summit Updated: Aug-31-15 10:40 am
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's open to holding a new summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France but that there would have to be hope of progress for it to make sense.
- Maria Sharapova pulls out of US Open for 2nd time in 3 years Updated: Aug-30-15 6:03 pm
Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open for the second time in three years Sunday, withdrawing on the eve of the tournament because of a lingering right leg injury.
- Hundreds of Russians protest destruction of demon sculpture Updated: Aug-30-15 10:20 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - About 500 people have held a protest in Russia's second-largest city over the destruction of a century-old bas-relief of the demon Mephistopheles.
- Russia denounces Latvian ban on news agency Updated: Aug-29-15 12:16 pm
MOSCOW - Russia says Latvia has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country - a case that Moscow says is open discrimination.