In this June 17, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin get up to leave after their meeting in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama laments ‘backward’ Russian thinking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he was reassessing the relationship with Russia because of a growing number of issues on which the two countries differ, and he lamented what he called his […]


Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko speaks during a news conference at a hotel in Moscow, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

‘Calm down’ – Russia says rights will be respected at Sochi Games

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s sports minister says the rights of all athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be respected and urges international critics of the country’s new anti-gay law to “calm down.” Sports […]


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Kremlin disappointed over Obama canceling visit

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin voiced disappointment Wednesday with President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said that it remains ready to cooperate with the United States […]


President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In rebuke, Obama cancels Moscow summit with Putin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia’s harboring of National Security […]


Michelle Knight listens as Ariel Castro speaks during the sentencing phase Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.  Knight was the first woman abducted Castro in 2002  and made a victim's statement at the sentencing. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

10 things to know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. VICTIM’S WORDS FOR CLEVELAND KIDNAPPER “I spent 11 years in hell,” Michelle Knight says at Ariel Castro’s […]


A gay rights activist at a demonstration in front of the Russian consulate in New York, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s sports minister said Thursday, appearing […]


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House ‘extremely disappointed’ with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is “extremely disappointed” in Russia’s decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the White House said Thursday. In its first public response to Russia’s move […]


In this image taken from Russia24 TV channel, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden's temporary document to stay in Russia for one year. (AP Photo/Russia24 via APTN)

Snowden leaves airport after Russia grants asylum

MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year, his lawyer said Thursday, a move […]


In this frame grab taken from Rossiya 24 channel, Lon Snowden, the father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden speaks during an interview to  the state-owned Rossiya 24 channel in Washington, DC late Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Rossiya 24 via APTN)

Edward Snowden’s father thankful to Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden told Russian television that he is grateful to President Vladimir Putin and his government for protecting his son. Speaking to the state-owned Rossiya […]


Edward Snowden (center) attends news conference with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks (l) and an unidentified woman (r), at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, Russia. (Human Rights Watch handout / AP Photo)

White House seeking clarity on Snowden’s status

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it has asked Russian authorities to clarify the status of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, and restated its desire to see him returned to the […]





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