- Office of rights activists in Chechnya attacked by mob Updated: Jun-03-15 2:37 pm
MOSCOW - Masked men bashed their way into the office of a human rights group in Chechnya on Wednesday, smashing furniture and sending the occupants fleeing through the windows, their colleagues said.
- The Latest: Paraguay president CONMEBOL immunity lifted Updated: Jun-03-15 1:08 pm
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- 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.
- What would happen if Western powers boycotted World Cup? Updated: May-30-15 5:03 pm
NEW YORK - What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don't show up?
- Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won't lead to him Updated: May-30-15 2:17 pm
- Blatter says he will forgive but won't forget UEFA rebellion Updated: May-30-15 9:04 am
ZURICH - Emboldened by his fresh mandate to lead world soccer, Sepp Blatter made it clear there may be consequences for European leaders who tried to oust him from FIFA.
- What lies ahead for FIFA and Sepp Blatter in his 5th term Updated: May-29-15 3:16 pm
ZURICH - The FIFA election is won and done. Sepp Blatter's problems, however, are far from over.
- 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.
- Former FIFA member Blazer's plea seems key to investigation Updated: May-28-15 11:27 am
NEW YORK - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer appears to have provided key information that has been central to the Justice Department's soccer corruption investigation, linking other officials in the Americas to a series of schemes.
- 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.
- Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependence on Russian gas Updated: May-28-15 4:49 am
TIRANA, Albania - In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.
- 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.
- Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's hang out Updated: May-21-15 12:32 pm
- Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program Updated: May-21-15 10:25 am
MOSCOW - Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse - with national pride and billions of dollars at stake.
- 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.
- Chechen wedding scandal, leader's defiance put Putin in bind Updated: May-19-15 2:53 am
MOSCOW - The groom is approaching 50, a silver-haired boss in the Chechen strongman's feared police force. The bride is 17, a shy beauty reportedly devastated at the idea of wedding a man nearly three times her age.
- US's Nuland meets with Russians to back Ukraine cease-fire Updated: May-18-15 2:02 pm
MOSCOW - The United States wants to help solidify a shaky cease-fire and support efforts to resolve political and humanitarian concerns in Ukraine's rebellious east, a top U.S. diplomat said Monday after meeting with Russian counterparts.
- 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.
- Putin takes swipe at US in Victory Day speech Updated: May-09-15 10:28 am
MOSCOW - Russia showed off new machines of war, including a highly sophisticated tank, on Saturday in the annual Victory Day military parade through Red Square that marks the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Red Army's key role in the defeat.
- 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.
- Poland marks 70th anniversary of end of WWII Updated: May-07-15 7:23 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's president led international commemorations late Thursday and into Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a gathering meant as an alternative celebration to Moscow's Red Square parade this weekend.