The Latest: Moscow court jails opposition leader for 30 days
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The Latest: Moscow court jails opposition leader for 30 days

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian opposition protest (all times local): 12:05 a.m. A Moscow court has ruled that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny should be jailed for 30 days for staging an unsanctioned rally in Moscow. The anti-corruption rallies called for by Navalny were held in more than 100 Russian towns and cities … Continue reading

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Russia says militants used chemical weapons in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Friday its officers have found evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants in the northern area of Aleppo where government forces are trying to regain control of areas they recently lost to insurgents. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that ministry experts have found … Continue reading

Putin calls for investigation of Russian doping allegations
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Putin calls for investigation of Russian doping allegations

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing allegations that Russia engages in extensive, state-sponsored doping, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on sports officials to carry out an internal investigation – but said that clean athletes shouldn’t be punished for the actions of those who take banned drugs. Putin’s comments at a late-night meeting in Sochi, the city … Continue reading

Kremlin-controlled TV airs ‘secret’ plans for nuclear weapon
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Kremlin-controlled TV airs ‘secret’ plans for nuclear weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — Details of a new Russian submarine-launched nuclear torpedo have been shown on state-controlled TV, a secret the Kremlin said should never have been aired. Some observers, however, saw it as a deliberate leak. The airing of the video on television channels under tight Kremlin control raised suspicions that it was done intentionally … Continue reading

Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran
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Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has finalized a contract for the delivery of advanced air-defense missile systems to Iran, the head of a Russian state-controlled industrial conglomerate said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian Technologies, the holding company that includes the Rosoboronexport arms trader, said Monday on a trip to Dubai that “the contract with … Continue reading

Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran
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Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has finalized a contract for the delivery of advanced air-defense missile systems to Iran, the head of a Russian state-controlled industrial conglomerate said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian Technologies, the holding company that includes the Rosoboronexport arms trader, said Monday on a trip to Dubai that “the contract with … Continue reading

Bomb may have downed Russian jet, US, UK officials say
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Bomb may have downed Russian jet, US, UK officials say

LONDON (AP) — British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Egyptian desert may have been brought down by a bomb, and Britain said it was suspending flights to and from the Sinai Peninsula as a precaution. Intercepted communications played a role in the tentative conclusion … Continue reading

Russia pounds Syrian rebels, then reaches out to opposition
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Russia pounds Syrian rebels, then reaches out to opposition

BEIRUT (AP) — When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country was ready to aid Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, rebel commanders scoffed, pointing out that Russian aircraft were pounding their bases in central and northern Syria on a daily basis. Moreover, Lavrov not long ago had ridiculed the main Western-backed rebels … Continue reading

Obama, Turkish president discuss fight against Islamic State
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Obama, Turkish president discuss fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama spoke Thursday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) about deepening cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group. The two also spoke after bombing attacks Saturday killed 97 people and wounded hundreds at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey. Obama reiterated … Continue reading

Russia defends its military action in Syria
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Russia defends its military action in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — As Russian warplanes carried out a second wave of airstrikes Thursday in Syria, Moscow defended its military involvement against Western criticism of its intentions, saying it sees “eye-to-eye” with the U.S.-led coalition campaign on its targets in the country. The claim of agreement with Washington came amid conflicting reports about Russia’s intentions … Continue reading

Russian opposition draws thousands to anti-Putin protest
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Russian opposition draws thousands to anti-Putin protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s beleaguered opposition drew several thousand people on Sunday to a protest rally in an outlying Moscow neighborhood to decry the 15-year rule of President Vladimir Putin. Protesters denounced the Kremlin-controlled political system that keeps Putin in power and prevents the opposition from running in elections. They complained of political repression and … Continue reading

Kazakhstan votes for continuity while keeping eye on Ukraine
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Kazakhstan votes for continuity while keeping eye on Ukraine

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — As oil-rich Kazakhstan votes for a president Sunday, the governing elite is pounding home a mantra of stability as fears percolate about the country’s massive Russian minority taking inspiration from the Moscow-backed insurgency in Ukraine. With authorities clamping down on all opposition, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s re-election is a done deal. The former … Continue reading