Jan 27, 2016

Kremlin silent on report of remarriage by Putin's ex-wife

The Kremlin on Tuesday refused to comment on a report that Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife has remarried, as state media speculated it could pave the way for the president himself to wed again. Questioned during a daily phone briefing, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was coy ...

Jan 22, 2016

Tokyo, Moscow to arrange Abe's unofficial visit to Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Friday that the two countries will arrange an unofficial visit to Russia by Abe prior to Putin’s proposed trip to Japan. During telephone talks, Abe and Putin also confirmed their countries’ cooperation, ...

Putin probably approved plan to poison ex-spy: U.K. judge

Jan 21, 2016

Putin probably approved plan to poison ex-spy: U.K. judge

President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by Russia’s FSB security service to kill former agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died three weeks after drinking tea laced with poison at a London hotel, a British judge said Thursday. In a lengthy report, Judge Robert Owen ...

Assad's battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

Jan 20, 2016

Assad's battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

Syrian peace talks due next week are looking increasingly moot as a string of recent battlefield victories by government troops have bolstered President Bashar Assad’s hand and plunged the rebels into disarray. The government’s advances add to the obstacles that have scuttled chances of ...

Jan 16, 2016

U.N. agency: Starving Syrian teen died 'in front of our eyes'

The U.N. children’s agency said Friday that it witnessed the death of a teenager who died of starvation “in front of our eyes,” as well as several cases of severe malnutrition among children trapped in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya near Damascus. Doctors ...

Jan 12, 2016

Former foreign minister passes Abe message to Putin

Former Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura has visited Moscow and passed a personal message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to President Vladimir Putin. Komura met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday morning and passed to him an envelope which he said contained a personal ...

New constitution first step to solution for Syria, Putin says

Jan 12, 2016

New constitution first step to solution for Syria, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind ...

Aid convoys reach three Syria communities besieged for months

Jan 12, 2016

Aid convoys reach three Syria communities besieged for months

Aid convoys delivered long-awaited food, medicine and other supplies to three besieged communities Monday, part of a U.N.-supported operation to help tens of thousands of civilians cut off for months by the war in Syria. Reports of starvation and images of emaciated children have ...