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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...

Russian military orders village evacuation, then cancels it

Aug. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Tuesday told residents of a village near a navy testing range to evacuate, but cancelled the order hours later, adding to the uncertainty and confusion fueled by a missile explosion last week that led to a brief spike in radiation that frightened residents and raised...

Kremlin: Putin doesn't think Moscow protests significant

Aug. 13, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Tuesday broke weeks of silence on opposition protests and police violence in Moscow, saying that President Vladimir Putin does not see the increasing wave of discontent as anything significant. The Russian capital has been gripped by three consecutive weekends of large-scale...

5 Russian nuclear engineers buried after rocket explosion

Aug. 12, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people attended the funerals Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion as they tested a new rocket engine, a tragedy that fueled radiation fears and raised questions about a secretive weapons program. The engineers, who died Thursday, were laid to rest...

Ukraine protests Putin's trip to motorcycle show in Crimea

Aug. 11, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has protested Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Crimea, where he attended a pro-Kremlin motorcycle club's annual festival. The Foreign Ministry on Sunday called Putin's trip "a crude violation by the Russian side of state sovereignty and the territorial...

9 hurt in new blasts at Russian military arsenal in Siberia

Aug. 9, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More explosions have injured nine more people at a military depot in Russia's Siberia region, where massive blasts earlier in the week left one person dead and 13 injured. The Friday explosions at the ammunition depot near the city of Achinsk in eastern Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region were...