- The Latest: Russia denies losing helicopters at Syrian base Updated: May-24-16 10:10 am
BEIRUT - The Latest on the violence in Syria a day after deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group targeted government strongholds (all times local):
- Russia protests US reconnaissance flight over Sea of Japan Updated: May-23-16 6:59 pm
MOSCOW - Russia's Defense Ministry has protested a U.S. reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan near the nation's borders, saying it jeopardized air safety in the area.
- The Latest: UN says 50,000 civilians in Fallujah at risk Updated: May-23-16 3:03 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local):
- Russian military shows off its elite aerobatic flying teams Updated: May-21-16 12:17 pm
KUBINKA AIR BASE, Russia - The Russian military's elite aerobatic squadrons have marked their 25-year jubilee with an air show outside Moscow.
- Russia says it beefed up its military in southwest Updated: May-20-16 10:00 am
MOSCOW - Russia's defense minister says the military has strengthened its forces in southwestern Russia with long-range weapons to fend off emerging new threats.
- NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member Updated: May-19-16 2:11 pm
BRUSSELS - NATO invited the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing Thursday to expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia's angry objections.
- Russian military bus falls into ravine, killing 6 officers Updated: May-19-16 5:02 am
MOSCOW - Russia's military says a bus carrying Russian officers has fallen into a deep ravine, killing six of the officers and injuring the other 16 on board.
- Correction: Armenia-Azerbaijan story Updated: May-18-16 3:01 pm
VIENNA - In a story May 17 about the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the size of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is 4,400 square kilometers (1,700 square miles), not 12,000 square kilometers (4,400 square miles).
- Russian lawmakers back creation of national guard Updated: May-18-16 10:50 am
MOSCOW - Russian lawmakers on Wednesday gave tentative approval to forming a national guard, with some saying the Kremlin needs the new force as a tool against possible unrest.
- Report: US launches investigation into Russian doping claims Updated: May-17-16 9:49 pm
NEW YORK - U.S. prosecutors are investigating claims that dozens of top Russian athletes participated in a sophisticated state-sponsored doping program, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
- Modest goals set in bid to save Syria truce, peace talks Updated: May-17-16 11:33 am
VIENNA - Seeking to salvage and reinforce a shaky truce, world and regional powers agreed Tuesday to try to turn the faltering pause in fighting into a comprehensive cease-fire and boost humanitarian aid deliveries with the hope of restarting peace talks.
- Crimean Tatars celebrate Eurovision win, Russians cry foul Updated: May-15-16 9:32 am
KIEV, Ukraine - Crimean Tatars on Sunday celebrated Ukrainian singer Jamala's win at Eurovision with a song that sheds light on their horrific deportations to Central Asia under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin but also hints at their recent treatment under Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Russian media resignations follow increased pressure Updated: May-13-16 5:09 pm
MOSCOW - Once a rather stolid operation focused on business news, the RBC group in recent years had become a standout among Russia's constricting field of independent news media. Then came stories that the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin may have found far too revealing.
- Putin warns Russia will respond to NATO missile shield Updated: May-13-16 12:55 pm
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Friday described the development of NATO's U.S.-led missile defense program as a threat to global security and vowed that Russia will take the necessary steps to maintain a strategic parity.
- Moldova: 500 Russian soldiers stage military exercises Updated: May-13-16 7:11 am
CHISINAU, Moldova - Some 500 Russian soldiers and 100 military vehicles stationed in Moldova's breakaway republic are staging weeks of military exercises.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Updated: May-11-16 5:04 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:
- Russian soldier dies in Syria after shelling by militants Updated: May-11-16 3:39 pm
MOSCOW - A Russian soldier has died in Syria, the Russian military's ninth casualty since the start of the Syrian campaign.
- German FM: Ukraine talks made progress on security issues Updated: May-11-16 12:49 pm
BERLIN - Talks between Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France produced several agreements aimed at improving security in eastern Ukraine but no deal on holding local elections in the separatist region controlled by Russia-backed rebels, a top German diplomat said Wednesday.
- Panama files show Russian crackdown on offshoring is failing Updated: May-11-16 12:24 pm
MOSCOW - The thousands of Russian names on a list of offshore companies suggests President Vladimir Putin's effort to crack down on such entities is ineffective, experts say, and highlights how keeping wealth abroad remains one of the few ways to keep it safe from corrupt local officials.
- Moldova slams Russian participation in Trans-Dniester parade Updated: May-10-16 3:01 pm
CHISINAU, Moldova - Moldova's government has voiced anger over the participation of Russian troops in a Victory Day parade in the Moldovan breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester.
- The Latest: Russia distances itself from Panama Papers Updated: May-10-16 6:56 am
LONDON - The Latest on the release of a database listing offshore companies named in the so-called Panama Papers (all times local):
- Russian, Japanese leaders plan peace treaty consultations Updated: May-06-16 2:18 pm
MOSCOW - A meeting between the leaders of Russia and Japan has ended with no indication of whether significant progress was made toward resolving a territorial dispute that has overshadowed Moscow-Tokyo relations since World War II.
- Kerry stars in Russian adaptation of Robert Burns poem Updated: May-06-16 10:17 am
MOSCOW - The Russian foreign minister's spokeswoman has lightheartedly riffed on a poem by Robert Burns to comment on the frequent phone calls between her boss and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
- China seeks global support for South China Sea policies Updated: May-06-16 3:14 am
BEIJING - China is seeing mixed results in its effort to enlist friendly states in its push to exclude the U.S. and its allies from the festering South China Sea dispute, underscoring the limits of Chinese diplomacy despite its massive economic clout.
- Clean methods only for Russia in Rio, top medic tells Putin Updated: May-05-16 10:35 am
MOSCOW - The head of Russia's state medical agency has told President Vladimir Putin that Russian athletes will use "clean technologies only" in preparing for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.