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Putin, Macron hold French-Russian talks before G-7

Aug. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to give a new boost to peace talks with Ukraine and to improve Moscow's relations with the European Union during a meeting in southern France on Monday. But they disagreed on other issues, including Syria and the...

Russian panel eyes alleged foreign interference in protests

Aug. 19, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament on Monday set up a commission to examine alleged cases of foreign interference in connection with a series of protests against the Moscow city council election, while President Vladimir Putin defended the harsh police crackdown on some of the demonstrations....

Putin says Russian nuclear explosion poses no threat

Aug. 19, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no threat from a deadly explosion at a secretive naval weapons testing range that has prompted international concern about radiation leaks. Putin said Monday in France that experts sent to the site on the White Sea are "controlling the situation"...

Airstrikes hit near Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tension

Aug. 19, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria, however, said the Turkish convoy was carrying ammunition to rebels who have lost ground this...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television...

Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...

Putin gives pilot who landed in cornfield Russia's top medal

Aug. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday awarded the nation's highest medal, the Hero of Russia, to the pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled passenger plane in a cornfield after a flock of birds hit both engines and knocked them out. The experienced captain, 41-year-old Damir...

Russian and Venezuelan defense chiefs meet to discuss ties

Aug. 15, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the Venezuelan...

Russian scientists face curbs on meetings with foreigners

Aug. 14, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists are raising the alarm about new Soviet-style restrictions on interactions with foreign colleagues. The science newspaper Troitsky Variant on Tuesday published a copy of a recent Russian Education Ministry decree that introduces a broad range of restrictions on meetings and...

Russian fighter wards off NATO jet nearing minister's plane

Aug. 13, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian fighter jet warded off a NATO military aircraft that approached a passenger plane carrying Russia's defense minister Tuesday, according to media reports in Russia. State-owned news channel Rossiya 24 broadcast a video of the in-flight encounter over the Baltic Sea shortly after...