Dec 7, 2016

Russian colonel dies from Aleppo rebel shelling

Russia said Wednesday that an army colonel working as a military adviser in Syria has died several days after being wounded by rebel shelling in Aleppo. “Ruslan Galitsky passed away in hospital as a result of his serious injuries. Russian army medics fought for ...

Dec 7, 2016

U.S. lawmaker: Sony breach may have inspired Russian election hacking

The U.S. failure to retaliate strongly for the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures may have helped inspire Russian hackers who sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, a senior congressional Democrat said on Tuesday. “Russia may have concluded that they could hack ...

Second Russia jet crashes in failed carrier landing near Syria

Dec 5, 2016

Second Russia jet crashes in failed carrier landing near Syria

Russia’s defense ministry said Monday a Sukhoi jet fell into the sea after a malfunction as it tried to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier following a bombing raid in Syria. It was the second such crash involving Russia’s lone carrier in a ...

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo collapses

Dec 5, 2016

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo collapses

The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave’s streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues. Medical officials secured yet another plot for the dead. But they ...

Dec 4, 2016

Russia kills Islamic State 'emir' in North Caucasus

Russia’s FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an “emir” of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus. The FSB said in a statement that “among the neutralized bandits was the head of the Caucasus region’s branch of ...

Dec 3, 2016

U.S. allies hope for best as they reach out to Trump

America’s closest partners are putting a brave face on Donald Trump’s surprise election win while reaching out to try to shape his worldview and to preserve traditional alliances. Allies were rattled by Trump’s nationalist campaign rhetoric and by the haphazard way he has approached ...

Dec 2, 2016

IAAF keeping pressure on Russia

Russia will stay stuck in track and field’s doghouse, its athletes banned from competing under their own flag, until February at the earliest. In his latest update on Russian anti-doping efforts, Rune Andersen said on Thursday there has been progress but that his taskforce ...