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 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 ...

Pentagon claims exclusion zone in Syria is not a 'no fly zone'

Aug 23, 2016

Pentagon claims exclusion zone in Syria is not a 'no fly zone'

Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said on Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.” Reporters pushed press ...

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

The U.S. has twice scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and allies after Syrian government warplanes attacked near the northeastern city of Hassakeh, officials said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area ...

Aug 19, 2016

Russia bars McCain's democracy group as security threat

Russia has banned a pro-democracy organization whose chairman is U.S. Sen. John McCain as a threat to national security, a month before the country holds parliamentary elections amid its longest recession in two decades. The International Republican Institute (IRI) poses “a threat to the ...

Aug 19, 2016

Putin, Abe to meet in Vladivostok on Sept. 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet in Vladivostok on Sept. 2, a Russian minister said Thursday. The meeting will take place during Abe’s trip to Vladivostok to participate in an economic forum to be held there on Sept. 2-3 ...