- Russian boxing champ Gradovich banned for doping Updated: Apr-28-16 12:24 pm
MOSCOW - The Russian anti-doping agency says former world boxing champion Evgeny Gradovich has been banned for two years for breaking anti-doping rules.
- Lawyer: extradition of Ukrainian pilot expected soon Updated: Apr-28-16 11:22 am
MOSCOW - Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has been given forms to complete for extradition from Russia, one of her lawyers said Thursday.
- The Latest: Syrian rebels say Russian strikes hit hospitals Updated: Apr-28-16 10:36 am
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):
- Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility Updated: Apr-28-16 8:52 am
MOSCOW - Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.
- Moldova PM: reforms must start with the government Updated: Apr-28-16 6:55 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Moldova's prime minister says badly needed reforms in the impoverished country must start with the government.
- Russia asks UN to blacklist 2 powerful Syrian rebel groups Updated: Apr-27-16 11:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Russia said Wednesday it has asked the U.N. Security Council to blacklist two powerful Syrian rebel groups that it considers "terrorist organizations," one which is playing a key role in political negotiations aimed at ending the five-year conflict.
- UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks Updated: Apr-27-16 11:39 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."
- Trump struggles to explain 'America first' foreign policy Updated: Apr-27-16 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures.
- Russia tops doping in 2014, athletics has most cases Updated: Apr-27-16 5:51 pm
MONTREAL - Russia was responsible for more doping violations than any other country in 2014, while track and field was the sport with the worst doping record over the year, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
- Russian track team could return at European Championships Updated: Apr-27-16 12:22 pm
GENEVA - If reinstated in June, Russia could still compete at the European track championships in July, the head of European Athletics said Wednesday after meeting senior officials in Moscow.
- Separatists: 5 civilians killed in eastern Ukraine fighting Updated: Apr-27-16 10:07 am
MOSCOW - At least five people including a pregnant woman were killed and more than 10 injured early Wednesday on the front line in eastern Ukraine in the worst civilian loss of life there in months, separatist officials said.
- US targets 11 countries for lax copyright protection Updated: Apr-27-16 9:35 am
WASHINGTON - China, Russia and India are among 11 countries targeted by the Obama administration for leaving American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material open to rampant piracy.
- NASA astronauts prepare for flight on commercial spacecraft Updated: Apr-27-16 9:10 am
ST. LOUIS - Five years after the last NASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft.
- Russian girl, age 10, flies without ticket or ID Updated: Apr-27-16 7:49 am
MOSCOW - Russian transport police say a 10-year old girl flew from Moscow to St. Petersburg without identification or a ticket.
- Prominent journalist denied work permit in Ukraine Updated: Apr-26-16 11:59 am
MOSCOW - One of the most influential journalists on Ukrainian television was denied a work permit on Tuesday, authorities said.
- Court in Russia-annexed Crimea bans Tatar assembly Updated: Apr-26-16 11:18 am
MOSCOW - The Supreme Court in the Russia-annexed peninsula Crimea on Tuesday banned a Crimean Tatar group in the latest step to marginalize the minority.
- Russian driver Sirotkin joins Renault F1 team as test driver Updated: Apr-26-16 7:03 am
PARIS - Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Renault Formula One team as a test driver and will participate in practice at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.
- Hyundai Motor's profit down 12 percent on China sales Updated: Apr-26-16 3:37 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Co. has reported a 12 percent drop in its first-quarter net profit as lower sales in China, Russia and Brazil outweighed higher vehicle shipments at home and favorable foreign exchange rates.
- Armed Services chief lays out risky strategy for budget hike Updated: Apr-25-16 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Seeking to halt an erosion of the U.S. military's combat readiness, a senior House Republican unveiled legislation Monday that would boost the defense budget by billions of dollars to pay for additional ships, jet fighters, helicopters and more.
- AP Interview: Georgia prime minister vows course toward West Updated: Apr-25-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - The prime minister of Georgia vowed that his country would continue moving on a pro-Western course and pledged to hold an honest parliamentary election this fall.
- WADA appoints cycling doping expert to Russia project Updated: Apr-25-16 12:52 pm
MONTREAL - A former war crimes investigator who examined doping in the Lance Armstrong era of cycling will help rebuild Russia's discredited anti-doping program.
- Russian investigators probe killing of policeman, relatives Updated: Apr-25-16 12:25 pm
MOSCOW - Russian federal investigators have opened an investigation into the killings of a former police officer and five family members who were found dead in a provincial town.
- US flies F-22s to Romania as show of strength to Russia Updated: Apr-25-16 11:16 am
CONSTANTA, Romania - The U.S. Air Force on Monday flew in two F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Romania as a show of strength to deter Russian intervention in Ukraine.
- Russia wants Interpol to put Khodorkovsky on wanted list Updated: Apr-25-16 9:00 am
MOSCOW - Russian prosecutors say they are lobbying Interpol to put Russia's once richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky on a wanted list.
- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Tussle over plane; Russia backs China Updated: Apr-25-16 8:48 am
Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint.