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Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

Aug. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist. This summer's wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia's opposition movement. Her name...

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 pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

Aug. 15, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one of the 233 people on board was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized. The quick thinking of the...

Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions

Aug. 14, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea, along with changing or contradictory information from Russian...

Column: Boxing pays price chasing dollars in Saudi Arabia

Aug. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

There's nothing new about those who make their living in sports chasing every dollar they can. NFL owners do it every time they threaten to devastate a city by moving a team to greener pastures. Baseball does it by signing lucrative broadcast agreement that make it more expensive — and sometimes impossible...

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...

Analysis shows 12% could vote without paper backup in 2020

Aug. 13, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking. A study released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on Tuesday evaluates the state of...

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...

North Korea boosts Kim's rising status as global statesman

Aug. 11, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — There's no question that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in full control of his nation. But a recent change to how he's being formally described in the North Korean Constitution may allow him even more diplomatic leverage as he steps with increasing confidence onto the world...