Apr 3, 2016

Russian cargo ship docks successfully with space station

The Russian unmanned cargo ship Progress docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, resupplying the crew with food and fuel, Russia’s mission control center said. The docking procedure “took place at the scheduled time,” the Russian TASS news agency quoted mission control as ...

Apr 3, 2016

Russia's top gymnast fails drug test

Russia’s best male gymnast could miss the Olympics after he became the latest to test positive for the banned substance meldonium. Nikolai Kuksenkov withdrew from the national championships after being informed of the failed doping test on Saturday, a day after winning the individual ...

Dozens dead in Nagorny Karabakh clashes

Apr 3, 2016

Dozens dead in Nagorny Karabakh clashes

Fierce clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region left at least 30 Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers dead Saturday, prompting Russia and the West to call for an immediate cease-fire. Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian said 18 Armenian troops were killed and some 35 wounded in the ...

Apr 2, 2016

Russia accuses Turkey of arming extremists in Syria

Russia is accusing three Turkish foundations of supplying weapons and military equipment to Islamic State extremists in Syria and says $1.9 million worth of explosives and industrial chemicals were smuggled across Turkey’s border to extremist groups. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in a ...

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

Apr 2, 2016

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against the Islamic State group, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, with direct knowledge of the proposal’s ...

Apr 1, 2016

Russia launches cargo ship on 'trek to ISS'

Russia on Thursday launched a cargo ship to the International Space Station on an unmanned mission to resupply crew currently in space. “The 63rd Progress resupply ship is beginning its two-day treck to ISS,” a NASA commentator said as Russia’s Roscosmos space agency aired ...

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

Mar 31, 2016

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia’s military contingent from Syria there was an expectation that the Yauza, a Russian naval icebreaker and one of the mission’s main supply vessels, would return home to its Arctic Ocean port. Instead, three days ...