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Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader

Feb. 29, 2020 6:48 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people are marching on a boulevard in central Moscow to commemorate Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was gunned down five years ago. The Saturday afternoon march also is protesting proposed constitutional changes that are seen as a way for President Vladimir Putin...

Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, third right, attends a funeral ceremony for Halil Ibrahim Akkaya, one of Turkish soldiers killed in Syria, in Bahce, Osmaniye, Turkey, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. NATO envoys were holding emergency talks Friday at the request of Turkey following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, as scores of migrants gathered at Turkey's border with Greece seeking entry into Europe. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia talk tensions in Syria as migrants push west

Feb. 28, 2020 7:46 PM EST

REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions that rose significantly in Syria after at least 33 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike blamed on the Syrian government, and a new wave of refugees and migrants headed for the Greek land and...

2 killed in dry ice accident at Moscow bath complex

Feb. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say two people were killed Friday when a large amount of dry ice was dumped into a pool at a bath complex in Moscow. Investigative Committee spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying other people were injured but not specifying how many. The dry...

Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov smiles during a ceremony of unveiling a sign renaming the square where the Russian embassy is located in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday Feb. 27, 2020, named after the late Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin 5 years ago. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Russian mourners mark 5-year anniversary of Nemtsov killing

Feb. 27, 2020 4:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Mourners are placing lit candles and bouquets of flowers on the Moscow bridge where Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was gunned down five years ago. People in the small Thursday night gathering on the bridge, with St. Basil's Cathedral at the foot of one of its approaches, briefly...

A newly unveiled sign renaming the square where the Russian embassy is located in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday Feb. 27, 2020, named after the late Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin 5 years ago. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague square named after Russian opposition figure Nemtsov

Feb. 27, 2020 11:41 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague has renamed a square in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, honoring the slain Russian opposition leader. The change did not immediately draw an angry response from Moscow, as did some other recent moves in the Czech capital, such as a plan to remove the statue of a World...

A British and an United States soldier stand side by side after a press conference on the military exercise 'Defender 2020' in Brueck, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The exercise with 37000 participants from a total of 18 nations will take place in Europe between January and about June 2020. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Russian military chief voices concern about NATO activities

Feb. 27, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's chief military officer met with his French counterpart Thursday and raised concern about NATO's activities near the Russian border. Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov said Moscow has become increasingly worried about the western military alliance's moves, including...

FILE In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Vladislav Surkov, deputy prime minister in charge of economic modernization, during a visit in Kurgan, Russia. A former senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine will never be able to regain control over the separatist-controlled east. Vladislav Surkov, who lost his job as Putin's adviser on Ukraine earlier this month, said in remarks published Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that he stepped down because of a shift in the Kremlin course on the Ukrainian conflict. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ex-Kremlin aide says Ukraine will never reclaim rebel east

Feb. 26, 2020 1:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A former senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine will never be able to regain control over the country's separatist-controlled east, where Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces have fought for almost six years. Vladislav Surkov, who lost his job as Putin's...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, near the Kremlin during the national celebrations of the 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin: Russian opposition provoked summer police violence

Feb. 26, 2020 3:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the opposition provoked police violence during mass protests in Moscow last summer, with the sole aim of showing “what kind of heroes they are and that they will protect the interests of citizens with the same zeal if they get into power.”...

President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the White House, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington, en route to India. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump says he was not told that Russia was helping Sanders

Feb. 23, 2020 1:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he has never been briefed about Russian efforts to help Bernie Sanders win the Democratic presidential nomination and he accused the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of leaking election security information from a classified...

In this photo taken on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, medical workers disinfect rooms in the sanatorium after quarantine period has ended in Bogandinsky in the Tyumen region, about 2150 kilometers (1344 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. 144 people who were evacuated from the epicenter of the CONVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, and were released from a 14-day quarantine in western Siberia. None of them tested positive for the virus. Russian authorities are going to great lengths to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading in the capital and elsewhere.(AP Photo/Maxim Slutsky)

Moscow targets Chinese with raids amid virus fears

Feb. 23, 2020 8:05 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Bus drivers in Moscow kept their WhatsApp group chat buzzing with questions this week about what to do if they spotted passengers who might be from China riding with them in the Russian capital. “Some Asian-looking (people) have just got on. Probably Chinese. Should I call (the...