- Russian lawmaker asks for EU blacklist to be made public Updated: May-31-15 1:26 pm
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 politicians from 17 European countries have been banned from entering Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday in a formal inquiry.
- Saudi, Egypt downplay reports of discord over Syria Updated: May-31-15 12:19 pm
CAIRO - Egypt and Saudi Arabia sought Sunday to downplay reports of discord among the close allies over Syria during a visit of the Saudi foreign minister to Cairo.
- Russia's Putin shut out from G-7 meeting, but not much else Updated: May-31-15 1:41 am
WASHINGTON - Russia's Vladimir Putin won't be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine.
- THE LATEST: Europe, US are likely bidders for 2026 World Cup Updated: May-30-15 8:29 am
ZURICH - The latest developments concerning FIFA:
- Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls" Updated: May-29-15 7:37 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world.
- Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime Updated: May-28-15 4:25 pm
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret.
- Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs Updated: May-28-15 10:38 am
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer's governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.
- Biden defends US cooperation on Russia amid Ukraine tensions Updated: May-27-15 2:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to cooperate with Russia on areas of "clear mutual interest," even as the West tries to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.
- German protests Russia's decision to turn away Merkel ally Updated: May-25-15 11:52 am
BERLIN - Germany is protesting Russia's decision to turn away an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Capello set target of World Cup semifinal with Russia Updated: May-25-15 11:18 am
MOSCOW - Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.
- Russia launches massive air force exercise with 250 aircraft Updated: May-25-15 10:38 am
MOSCOW - The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons.
- EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm Updated: May-22-15 10:32 am
RIGA, Latvia - The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis.
- Correction: Ukraine-Russian Soldiers story Updated: May-20-15 9:32 am
KIEV, Ukraine - In a story May 19 about two men identified as Russian soldiers who were captured in Ukraine, The Associated Press gave an incorrect last name for one of them on second reference. The man's last name is Alexandrov, not Smirnov.
- AP Interview: Georgia's leader warns of Russian expansion Updated: May-19-15 11:44 am
TBILISI, Georgia - Russia is poised to use its armed forces to expand further into former Soviet states, Georgia's president said Tuesday, calling on the West never to accept any Russian aggression.
- Economic toll of conflict builds up for Ukraine Updated: May-19-15 10:21 am
There seems to be no bottom for Ukraine's economy.
- Russia's Putin plays with NHL veterans, scoring 8 goals Updated: May-16-15 2:59 pm
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition hockey game and scored one goal after another on assists from retired NHL players.
- Kosovo police raid houses of suspected militants Updated: May-15-15 9:55 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo - Kosovo police raided several households across the country Friday, including the families of ethnic Albanians involved in last week's deadly clashes with police in neighboring Macedonia.
- Kerry fills in NATO allies on Putin meeting Updated: May-13-15 10:34 am
ANTALYA, Turkey - A day after lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was filling in allies during a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in the southern Turkish town of Antalya.
- No breakthrough as Kerry meets Russia's Putin Updated: May-12-15 5:06 pm
SOCHI, Russia - The United States and Russia emerged Tuesday from their most extensive, high-level talks in years vowing closer cooperation on Ukraine and Syria but unable to point to any breakthrough or new approach to bridge the major differences separating the two powers.
- Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis Updated: May-11-15 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.
- Kerry to hold talks with Russian president Putin this week Updated: May-11-15 8:25 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia this week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kerry's first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began, the State Department announced Monday.
- Germany urges Russia to put more pressure on Ukraine rebels Updated: May-10-15 12:04 pm
MOSCOW - Russia must do more to persuade separatists in eastern Ukraine to abide by a cease-fire that has been strained in recent weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday during a visit to Moscow.
- Former Russian defense official sent to prison in fraud case Updated: May-08-15 3:08 pm
MOSCOW - A Moscow court has sentenced a former defense official to five years in prison in a high-profile corruption case that has attracted nationwide attention.
- Russia, China sign raft of economic deals, including loans Updated: May-08-15 2:49 pm
MOSCOW - Russian and Chinese leaders on Friday signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, including billions in infrastructure loans for Russia.
- North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip Updated: May-04-15 5:55 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea announced Monday that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un would use the event to make his international debut.