- Poland again denies entry to nationalist Russian bikers Updated: Apr-29-16 9:37 am
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's foreign minister said Friday that "security regulations" were behind the decision to ban pro-Kremlin Russian bikers from riding through Poland as they mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.
- Lavrov: Baltics show no gratitude for Moscow letting them go Updated: Apr-29-16 8:52 am
STOCKHOLM - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the Baltic countries have shown no gratitude to Moscow for letting them "go in peace" after the Soviet Union collapsed.
- Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am
BEIJING - Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Damascus, an uneasy stability boosts Syria's Assad Updated: Apr-23-16 10:49 am
DAMASCUS, Syria - Looking out from the Syrian capital these days, one can understand why President Bashar Assad would be in no hurry to make concessions at peace talks in Geneva, let alone consider stepping down as the opposition demands.
- Talks stalled, Syrian opposition to stay in Geneva next week Updated: Apr-22-16 2:00 am
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and peace talks in Geneva (all times local):
- Serbia's PM Vucic likely to solidify power in snap vote Updated: Apr-21-16 2:15 am
BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia's powerful prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, is hoping to strengthen his already firm hold on power after Sunday's snap general election.
- New FIFA head tries out his Russian in meeting with Putin Updated: Apr-20-16 1:53 pm
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who tried out a few phrases he has learned to say in Russian during his visit to check on preparations for the 2018 World Cup.
- NATO, Russia meeting fails to bridge differences Updated: Apr-20-16 12:27 pm
BRUSSELS - The first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in nearly two years ran over schedule Wednesday but failed to do much to improve relations between Moscow and the U.S.-led alliance, at their lowest ebb since the Cold War.
- Ukraine, Russia reach deal to release pilot, Poroshenko says Updated: Apr-19-16 4:23 pm
MOSCOW - Ukraine and Russia have reached a deal to free a jailed Ukrainian pilot, President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday, suggesting that she will be swapped for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine.
- Serbia's choice ahead of key vote: Russia or the West Updated: Apr-19-16 8:02 am
JAGODINA, Serbia - His fists are clenched, his legs slightly apart, expressing firmness and leadership. His head is turned slightly to the side, blue eyes looking into the distance with an air of calm determination.
- Russia, Japan agree to leaders' meetings this year Updated: Apr-15-16 8:16 am
TOKYO - Top diplomats from Japan and Russia agreed Friday on scheduling their leaders' meetings this year, starting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Russia, to deepen relations overshadowed by a World War II territorial dispute and the conflict in Ukraine.
- US, Russia talking 'almost daily' on Syria military actions Updated: Apr-14-16 9:12 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - President Barack Obama's national security adviser says the U.S. now talks "almost daily" with Russia to ensure its military operations in Syria don't clash.
- Kerry says Navy ship could have fired on Russian planes Updated: Apr-14-16 5:33 pm
MIAMI - Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that under U.S. military rules of engagement, the Navy ship that Russian military jets buzzed in the Baltic Sea this week could have opened fire.
- Ukrainian president's ally is elected as new prime minister Updated: Apr-14-16 4:42 pm
MOSCOW - The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament was elected the country's new prime minister Thursday in a vote that the government hopes will end a months-long political crisis but which reformers say gives Ukraine's oligarchs a free hand in running the country.
- The Latest: Putin: Russia considers trade for Ukraine pilot Updated: Apr-14-16 9:57 am
MOSCOW - The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's marathon call-in TV show (all times local):
- Lithuania blacklists 46 Russians for prosecuting Ukrainians Updated: Apr-13-16 10:21 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania - The Lithuanian government said Wednesday it has blacklisted 46 Russian citizens involved in criminal prosecutions of several Ukrainians including the imprisoned pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.
- Ukraine awaits new government to fulfill promises of Maidan Updated: Apr-11-16 11:15 am
KIEV, Ukraine - Swept into office by the mass protests that deposed the Russia-friendly president two years ago, Ukraine's new leaders promised that the country would soon be welcomed into Europe as a thriving new democracy.
- Poland honors late president and other plane crash victims Updated: Apr-10-16 4:25 pm
WARSAW, Poland - The leader of Poland's ruling party on Sunday blamed the government of then-Prime Minister Donald Tusk for the 2010 plane crash in which President Lech Kaczynski, and 95 others were killed.
- Russia defends selling arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia Updated: Apr-09-16 12:48 pm
MOSCOW - Russia on Saturday defended its policy of selling arms to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, whose military forces have faced off in a sharp escalation of fighting around separatist Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Putin says Panama Papers part of US plot to weaken Russia Updated: Apr-07-16 2:56 pm
ST.PETERSBURG, Russia - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the Panama Papers document leaks scandal as part of a U.S.-led plot to weaken Russia.
- Russia's new National Guard will be tasked to suppress riots Updated: Apr-06-16 2:14 pm
MOSCOW - The National Guard being formed in Russia will be given broad powers to suppress riots, according to a presidential decree released Wednesday.
- Russia says Japanese leader Abe may visit in May, meet Putin Updated: Apr-06-16 9:31 am
MOSCOW - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit Russia in May for a long-awaited meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
- Russia, China are greatest cyberthreats, but Iran is growing Updated: Apr-05-16 7:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Russia and China present the greatest cyber security threat to the U.S., but Iran is trying to increase and spend more on its capabilities, the Navy admiral in charge of the military's Cyber Command told Congress Tuesday.