IOC's Bach in tough spot on banning Russia for Rio

Jul 23, 2016

IOC's Bach in tough spot on banning Russia for Rio

The International Olympic Committee is weighing up whether to ban Russia from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro after revelations of a massive doping cover-up, but relations between the two were once much sunnier. When IOC president Thomas Bach was elected in 2013, ...

Russian breaks round-the-world balloon record

Jul 23, 2016

Russian breaks round-the-world balloon record

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday ...

Russian wildfires put key climate change resource at risk

Jul 22, 2016

Russian wildfires put key climate change resource at risk

Russia’s practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees. The blazes are consuming millions of hectares of pristine Boreal forests in Russia, which are ...

Syria regime bombardments claim 51 civilians: monitor

Jul 22, 2016

Syria regime bombardments claim 51 civilians: monitor

At least 51 civilians, including 15 children, were killed in bombardment of several rebel-held areas across Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. The group said at least 13 people, including three children, were killed in government airstrikes and shelling ...

Russia says decision on Olympic ban expected Sunday

Jul 21, 2016

Russia says decision on Olympic ban expected Sunday

Russia’s top Olympic official expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro over allegations of state-sponsored doping. The International Olympic Committee said its executive board will meet via teleconference ...

Russia expects final decision on Olympic ban Sunday

Jul 20, 2016

Russia expects final decision on Olympic ban Sunday

Russia’s top Olympic official says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio. The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator ...

IOC delays decision on total Russian ban

Jul 20, 2016

IOC delays decision on total Russian ban

With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn’t know whether its athletes — all or even some — will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all come down to the lawyers. While the IOC decided ...

Jul 19, 2016

Russian ammunition train derails on Sakhalin

Villagers were evacuated on Russia’s Sakhalin island in the early hours of Tuesday when a train loaded with military ammunition came off the rails, local media reported. The Sovietskiy Sakhalin newspaper said police and emergency workers rushed to the site and cleared residents from ...

Russia's participation in Rio uncertain after doping report

Jul 19, 2016

Russia's participation in Rio uncertain after doping report

A scathing report outlining a state-sanctioned doping system in Russia prompted immediate calls for the nation’s entire team to be sidelined from the Summer Games, raising the possibility that the Olympics could go on without a sports superpower for the first time since the ...