Aug 21, 2016

Russian shot putter Kolodko stripped of London silver

For the third time in a week, Russia was stripped of a track-and-field medal Saturday after another athlete tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from previous Olympics. Evgenia Kolodko was disqualified and stripped of the silver medal in the women’s shot put ...

Japan nabs bronze in team synchro

Aug 20, 2016

Japan nabs bronze in team synchro

Japan produced a solid performance Friday to swim off with the team synchronized swimming bronze at the Rio Games. The eight-woman Japanese team, featuring duet bronze medalists Risako Mitsui and Yukiko Inui, scored 95.4333 points in Friday’s free routine to hang onto their third ...

Russia marks 25 years since failed Soviet coup

Aug 20, 2016

Russia marks 25 years since failed Soviet coup

Several dozen Russians gathered on Friday for a protest reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of a coup attempt that heralded the demise of the Soviet Union, a holiday ignored in official circles because of its anti-establishment nature. On Aug. 19, 1991, eight hard-line ...

Aug 20, 2016

Top-secret Cold War-era bank notes shown to public in Poland

Top-secret Cold War-era bank notes printed by the Warsaw Pact for use in case of a war with the West were shown publicly in the Polish capital for the first time on Friday. Code-named “E-17,” the crisp notes — issued in the 1970s and ...

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

The U.S. has twice scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and allies after Syrian government warplanes attacked near the northeastern city of Hassakeh, officials said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area ...

Aug 19, 2016

Russia bars McCain's democracy group as security threat

Russia has banned a pro-democracy organization whose chairman is U.S. Sen. John McCain as a threat to national security, a month before the country holds parliamentary elections amid its longest recession in two decades. The International Republican Institute (IRI) poses “a threat to the ...