Russia's gifts for Olympic medalists spark dispute

Aug 27, 2016

Russia's gifts for Olympic medalists spark dispute

Luxury cars, apartments, even a racehorse — being an Olympic medalist in Russia can come with great material rewards but also controversy. Under President Vladimir Putin, it’s become a tradition for Russia’s Olympic heroes to be showered with large cash sums and sometimes unwanted ...

U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

Aug 27, 2016

U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and ...

Aug 27, 2016

For China, Russia is more cyberprey than cyberpredator, firm says

While the West sees Russia as a cyberpredator, hackers in the East increasingly view it as prey, according to online security company Kaspersky Lab, which says there’s been a sharp spike in attacks from China. Cases of Chinese hacking of Russian industries including defense, ...

Aug 26, 2016

Electricity to be restored on Sakhalin Island after three-day outage

Residents on the Russian island of Sakhalin face restored electricity supplies on Saturday, three days after an outage plunged most of the island into darkness. A power transmission line failed in the early hours on Wednesday, leaving 12 districts without electricity, including the towns ...

Aug 26, 2016

Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring

A federal jury convicted the son of a Russian lawmaker Thursday of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars. Jurors deliberated over two days before finding Roman Seleznev guilty ...

Aug 24, 2016

Turkey launches operation to free Syrian town from Islamic State group

Turkey’s military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, Turkey’s prime minister’s office said. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the operation, which began hours after Turkey indicated it would step up ...