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Naama Issachar, left, mother of Yaffa, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Israel, Russia commemorate WWII Leningrad siege

Jan. 23, 2020 5:50 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Israeli and Russian officials are attending a dedication ceremony for a...

President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony for the 77th anniversary since the Leningrad siege was lifted during the World War Two at the Boundary Stone monument, around 50 kilometers east of St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Alexei Danichev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term

Jan. 18, 2020 11:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union. Putin's comment at a meeting with World War II veterans in St. Petersburg came days after he called for...

One of two terrorism suspects is escorted by the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency, to a courtroom in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. A court in St. Petersburg has ordered the detention of two Russian men who were arrested on a tip provided by the U.S. and are suspected of plotting unspecified terrorist attacks in the city during the New Year holidays. (David Frenkel/Kommersant Publishing House via AP)

Russian court jails 2 terrorism suspects arrested on US tip

Dec. 30, 2019 5:23 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A St. Petersburg court on Monday ordered the detention of two Russian men who were arrested on a tip provided by the U.S. and are suspected of plotting unspecified terrorist attacks in the city during the New Year holidays. The Dzerzhinsky District Court ruled that the suspects identified as...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the State Council meeting on the agricultural policy at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin thanks Trump for helping foil terrorist acts in Russia

Dec. 29, 2019 3:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that Putin said helped Russia foil terrorist attacks over the New Year's holiday, the Kremlin said. Putin thanked Trump “for information transmitted through the special services...

A Belarusian demonstrator holds a poster as other gather to protest closer integration with Russia which protesters fear could erode the post-Soviet independence of Belarus, in downtown in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. The presidents of Belarus and Russia have met to discuss deeper economic ties between the two close allies amid mounting concerns in Minsk that Moscow ultimately wants to subdue its neighbor.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Is Russia eyeing Belarus takeover? Integration talks deepen

Dec. 20, 2019 12:00 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Belarus and Russia met Friday to discuss deeper economic ties between the two close allies amid mounting concerns in the Belarusian capital of Minsk that Moscow ultimately wants to subdue its neighbor. The meeting in the Russian city of St. Petersburg was the second...

Russian court jails 11 people over subway suicide bombing

Dec. 10, 2019 9:11 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A court in St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, on Tuesday convicted 11 people in relation to a deadly suicide bomb attack on the city's metro. The court sentenced one man to life in prison and handed lengthy prison terms — from 19 to 28 years — to the...

Olympic Rings and a model of Misha the Bear Cub, the mascot of the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, left, are seen in the yard of Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. The WADA committee has proposed a package of sanctions including a four-year ban on hosting major events in Russia and a similar four-year sanction on Russians competing in top events like the Olympics, though they could enter as neutrals. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia faces next wave of punishment in endless doping saga

Dec. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The never-ending Russia doping saga hits another dramatic peak Monday when its Tokyo Olympics status and prospects for hosting international sports events are on the line. World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have been urged by expert advisers to take a hard line on Russian state tampering with a...

File---Picture taken Jan.1, 2012 shows Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's Concert at Vienna's Musikverein. Jansons died 76 years old. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Conductor Mariss Jansons dies at 76; led top orchestras

Dec. 1, 2019 1:53 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76. Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian flag is held above the Olympic Rings at Adler Arena Skating Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) panel on Monday Nov. 25, 2019, has recommended Russian athletes be forced to compete as neutrals at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and other major upcoming events. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

WADA panel recommends neutral status for Russia at Olympics

Nov. 25, 2019 7:53 PM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Russian athletes will have a chance to compete at next year’s Olympics, but their flag would not fly in Tokyo if the World Anti-Doping Agency approves a recommendation it received Monday. The WADA compliance review committee proposed a four-year ban on Russia hosting major events but...