Moscow denies strikes on U.S.-backed rebels in Syria

Jun 19, 2016

Moscow denies strikes on U.S.-backed rebels in Syria

Russia’s defense ministry on Sunday denied bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria earlier this week. In a video conference with Russian military officials, the Pentagon said Saturday that it had expressed “strong concerns about the attack on the coalition-supported counter-ISIL forces at the Al-Tanaf ...

Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi supports Olympic ban of Russian athletics team

Japan’s 2004 Athens Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi on Saturday welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to uphold its ban of Russia’s track and field team over allegations of doping. The move prevents Russia’s athletes from competing in track and ...

Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio Olympics

Jun 18, 2016

Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio Olympics

In an unprecedented move, Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from competing for their country at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because the country has failed to do enough to clean up a deep-rooted doping system that tainted athletes who may be ...

IAAF denies Coe knew about Russian doping

Jun 17, 2016

IAAF denies Coe knew about Russian doping

The IAAF dismissed allegations Thursday that Sebastian Coe was aware of details of a Russian doping corruption case four months before it became public, or that he enlisted support for his presidential campaign from a key figure in the sport’s current doping scandal. The ...

Jun 16, 2016

Coastal border lands seen as a new theme for tourism

Sightseeing tours that take in parts of coastal Japan and Russia, South Korea or Taiwan are being seen as a way to revitalize regional economies. Earlier this month, 10 people participated in the first tour from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture to Taiwan. The ...

Jun 15, 2016

NATO to send troops to deter Russia; Putin orders snap drill

Britain, Germany and the United States advanced plans Tuesday to spearhead a new NATO force on Russia’s border from next year, and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered snap checks on combat readiness across his armed forces. Weeks before a critical NATO summit in Warsaw, ...