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, ...

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 ...

Amnesty report documents 'chilling' abuses by opposition groups in Syria

Jul 5, 2016

Amnesty report documents 'chilling' abuses by opposition groups in Syria

Some Syrian opposition groups have adopted methods of abuse similar to those employed by the government of President Bashar Assad, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday, in which it documented a “chilling” wave of torture, abductions and summary killings in insurgent-controlled areas. The ...

Russian President Putin meets with Chinese leaders

Jun 25, 2016

Russian President Putin meets with Chinese leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia’s “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust. Putin ...

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

Jun 23, 2016

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

In camouflage uniforms and red caps, a group of young people gather in the Ukrainian rebels’ de facto capital of Donetsk to sing patriotic songs and discuss the conflict. They are members of Patriot, a youth club set up by separatist authorities in 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, ...