Vladimir Putin

Paul McCartney watches a sumo match on the fifth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, in Fukuoka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

McCartney urges Putin to free Greenpeace detainees

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney cited the lyrics of “Back in the USSR” on Thursday as he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil […]

11/14/2013

Excavators move earth at a quarry near Akhshtyr village in Sochi, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russia breaks ‘Zero Waste’ Olympic pledge

AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) — Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone […]

10/29/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Putin promises no discrimination against gays at Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning […]

10/28/2013

Malala Yousafzai addresses students and faculty after receiving the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Rinaldi, File)

Malala, Mukegwe, Manning in Nobel peace buzz

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — All we know is this: a record 259 candidates, including 50 organizations, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. With no clues from the judges in Norway, speculation […]

10/10/2013

In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a placard as they pose for a photograph during a demonstration in Kafr Nabil town, Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

Syrian rebels skeptical of chemical weapons deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s main opposition group in exile was “deeply skeptical” Friday about Damascus signing an international treaty banning the production and use of chemical weapons, saying a U.N. resolution was needed to enforce […]

09/13/2013

In this Dec. 19, 2006 photo, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow's Kremlin. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)

Russia re-emerges as Mideast player

With a few days’ worth of surprise diplomacy, Vladimir Putin has revived memories of an era many thought was long gone, when Washington and Moscow jostled for influence while others looked on. Whatever happens with […]

09/11/2013

President Barack Obama makes a statement about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Talking diplomacy in Syria, Obama goes to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing military might and hoping it won’t be needed, President Barack Obama angled to end the impasse over Syria on Tuesday by pressing his case for U.S. airstrikes against Bashar Assad’s regime […]

09/10/2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, left, prior to talks in Moscow on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Syria welcomes Russia’s call to give up chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria on Monday quickly welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a U.S. strike, but did not offer […]

09/09/2013

US President Barack Obama (l) and President of Syria Bashar Assad. (AP Photo)

Back home, high-stakes week on Syria awaits Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama faces a high-stakes week of trying to convince a skeptical Congress and a war-weary American public that they should back him on a military strike against Syria. His administration […]

09/07/2013

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, center foreground, stands with G-20 leaders during a group photo outside of the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama sets Tuesday speech; big challenges on Syria

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Beset by divisions at home and abroad, President Barack Obama candidly acknowledged deep challenges Friday in winning support for a military strike against Syria from international allies and the U.S. […]

09/06/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama reach to shake hands during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Amid tensions, Obama, Putin put on a happy face

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Friday — a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense […]

09/05/2013

A car drives past the Constantine Palace, the venue for the G20 meeting, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The G20 summit will run from Sept. 5-6. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Syria overshadows economy as G20 leaders meet

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — They’re supposed to be talking about growth and money, but the threat of war in Syria is creeping into nearly every conversation as the leaders of the world’s 20 top […]

09/05/2013

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