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Ukraine reviews cases on owner of firm that hired Biden son

ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Prosecutor General said on Friday that his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son sat on the board, as part of a review of all the...

 

Europe praises Ukrainian deal, opposition calls it betrayal

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and European powers, anxious to end a protracted military conflict in eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday welcomed the new accord between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists but many in Ukraine dismissed it as a...

 

Russia outraged by case of sisters who killed abusive father

MOSCOW (AP) — One evening last summer, Mikhail Khachaturyan decided that his living room wasn't tidy enough, so he summoned his three teenage daughters one by one and doused each with pepper spray. Such violence and abuse was not unusual in the...

 

A look at Russians who became mixed up in Trump probe

MOSCOW (AP) — An investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into an elaborate Russian operation that sought to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and try to help Donald Trump win the White House has cast a spotlight on more than a...

 

Russia's ex-cybersecurity chief gets 22 sentence in jail

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military court convicted a former senior counterintelligence officer and a cybersecurity firm executive of treason Tuesday, concluding a case that initially aroused speculation of a manufactured effort to punish the source...

 

Women recall the 'hell' of Soviet war in Afghanistan

MOSCOW (AP) — Sitting in her living room, 65-year-old Tatyana Rybalchenko goes through a stack of black-and-white photos from more than 30 years ago. In one of them, she is dressed in a nurse's coat and smiles sheepishly at the camera; in another,...

 

Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group. Russia had...

 

UN: No progress on forming Syria constitutional committee

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's warring sides and the mediators meeting in Kazakhstan failed to agree on the formation of a committee meant to draft a new constitution which is key to ending the seven-year civil war, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Thur...

 

Manhunt in Crimea for possible accomplice in school attack

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities on the Crimean Peninsula were searching for a possible accomplice of the student who carried out a shooting and bomb attack on a vocational school, killing 20 people and wounding more than 50 others, an official said...

 

Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing...

 

Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — As the recipient of Russia's highest award, Alexander Mishkin is the pride of his home village, his photo even decorating a local school. Several residents of this remote village located amid marshlands and deep forests in the...

 

Makeup and pig's blood: Reporter describes his faked slaying

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — To mimic gore, they used makeup and pig's blood. They shot bullet holes in one of his sweatshirts. And to top off Arkady Babchenko's staged murder, they even took him to the morgue. The journalist revealed Thursday how...

 

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country's online world in what critics call a heavy-handed — and so far unsuccessful — attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram. The head of the communications watc...

 

US, Russia trade rhetoric, edge toward showdown over Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — When the U.S. fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield a year ago after a chemical weapons attack, the Pentagon gave Moscow advance warning to get its personnel out of harm's way. Since then, U.S.-Russian relations have soured,...

 

Hospital says ex-spy improves, no longer on 'critical' list

LONDON (AP) — The former Russian spy who was left fighting for his life after exposure to a rare nerve agent is no longer in critical condition, a British health official said Friday, a month after the mysterious poisoning in a quiet English city...

 

Russian mall fire: Protesters demand officials' ouster

MOSCOW (AP) — Fuming with anger, thousands of Russians rallied for more than 10 hours Tuesday in a Siberian city, demanding the ouster of regional officials for a shopping mall fire that killed at least 64 people. President Vladimir Putin, on a...

 

Polls open in Russia as Putin eyes 4th presidential term

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's presidential election Sunday isn't in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term ...

 

Russian plane crash in Syria kills 39 servicemen

BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military quickly insisted the plane was not shot down and...

 

Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Thirty years ago, he was in prison. A decade ago, he was serving fancy meals to President Vladimir Putin. A week ago, he was among 13 Russians indicted in Washington on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The...

 

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

MOSCOW (AP) — A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll...

 

Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria

KEDROVOYE, Russia (AP) — For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say that her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for...

 

Underwear dance in dorm nearly gets Russian cadets expelled

MOSCOW (AP) — An underwear dance video filmed in a college dormitory nearly got some Russian cadet pilots expelled and sparked a discussion among Russia's political elite. The mock striptease recorded by cadets at the Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation...

 

Russian officials bar Navalny from running for president

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian election officials on Monday formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, prompting calls from him for a boycott of next year's vote. The Central Election Commission decided unanimously...

 

Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Before he was killed by a sniper in Syria at age 23, Ivan Slyshkin wrote a poignant message on social media to his fiancee: "We will see each other soon — and I will hold you as tight as I possibly can." But Slyshkin's name won't...

 

On surprise Russia trip, Assad and Putin talk post-war Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — On a surprise trip to Russia, Syria's Bashar Assad discussed potential new peace initiatives for post-war Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin who declared that Russia's two-year military campaign in Syria is wrapping up, the...

 

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