May 1, 2016

Putin replaces top law enforcement officials

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired several high-ranking law enforcement officials on Saturday in one of the biggest overhauls of the country’s power structures in recent years. According to a decree published on the president’s official legal portal, Putin fired the Southern transport public prosecutor ...

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...

Marred debut liftoff at Russian cosmodrome embarrasses Putin

Apr 28, 2016

Marred debut liftoff at Russian cosmodrome embarrasses Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his space officials to raise their game on Wednesday after he flew thousands of kilometers to watch the inaugural launch of a rocket from a new spaceport, only for it to be called off. With moments to go before ...

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

Apr 19, 2016

Syrian regime says Assad's future not up for discussion

The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition. Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen, also said his team was ...

Apr 14, 2016

Sharapova hearing for meldonium will proceed: ITF

Maria Sharapova still faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing fresh rules for athletes who tested positive for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis Federation has said. The five-time Grand Slam champion tested positive ...

Apr 14, 2016

Putin aide Naryshkin eyes Hiroshima visit in June

Sergei Naryshkin, a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is considering visiting Hiroshima during his trip to Japan in June, informed sources said Thursday. Russia is considering providing Japan with photos of Hiroshima taken by the Soviet embassy staff just after the United ...