Dec 8, 2016

Tokyo, Moscow mull joint statement following leaders' summit

Japan and Russia are mulling the release of a statement calling for talks on joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands following the leaders’ bilateral meeting next week, Japanese government sources said. The envisioned joint statement, to be issued after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

IOC extends sanctions against Russia over doping

Dec 8, 2016

IOC extends sanctions against Russia over doping

Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC on Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups. The International Olympic Committee executive board said the measures imposed on July 19 ...

Tech thriller describes new Pearl Harbor attack, this time by China

Dec 8, 2016

Tech thriller describes new Pearl Harbor attack, this time by China

A surprise attack on Pearl Harbor has captivated Pentagon brass in recent months. Not the infamous Japanese assault of 1941, but rather a fictional account that opens “Ghost Fleet,” a novel that envisions a future conflict pitting America against China and Russia. Several senior ...

200,000 Aleppo civilians face dire threat as Assad presses endgame

Dec 8, 2016

200,000 Aleppo civilians face dire threat as Assad presses endgame

Syria’s government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave. Facing a punishing and brutal defeat, rebel ...

Dec 7, 2016

Russian colonel dies from Aleppo rebel shelling

Russia said Wednesday that an army colonel working as a military adviser in Syria has died several days after being wounded by rebel shelling in Aleppo. “Ruslan Galitsky passed away in hospital as a result of his serious injuries. Russian army medics fought for ...

Dec 7, 2016

U.S. lawmaker: Sony breach may have inspired Russian election hacking

The U.S. failure to retaliate strongly for the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures may have helped inspire Russian hackers who sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, a senior congressional Democrat said on Tuesday. “Russia may have concluded that they could hack ...