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Women recall the 'hell' of Soviet war in Afghanistan

MOSCOW (AP) — Sitting in her living room, 65-year-old Tatyana Rybalchenko goes through a stack of black-and-white photos from more than 30 years ago. In one of them, she is dressed in a nurse's coat a...

Surprise arrival of Russia plane to Venezuela fuels intrigue

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The surprise arrival of a giant Russian passenger plane to Venezuela amid a wave of anti-government unrest is fueling intrigue on social media and charges by the opposition t...

Venezuela crisis: Familiar geopolitical sides take shape

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia, China, Iran, Syria and Cuba have come down on one side. The United States, Canada, and countries in Western Europe are on the other. As the crisis in Venezuela ...

Russian teenagers use social media to rebel against teachers

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The principal of a prestigious school near St. Petersburg summoned 16-year-old Leonid Shaidurov and 14-year-old Maxim Dautov in for a chat. Then he threatened them with e...

WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

TOP STORIES: CRI--AUSTRALIA-INDIA MELBOURNE, Australia — India has dropped both its opening batsman among three changes for the third test against Australia at the ...

As Syria war winds down, refugees stay put despite hardships

SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Rozan Qarqour lives with her husband and six children in a tiny room in an unfinished building, where they share a bathroom with other Syrian refugees. Her husband sells paper cu...

Border village grinds to a halt amid Ukraine-Russia tensions

CHERTKOVO, Russia/ MELOVE, Ukraine (AP) — On the map, Chertkovo and Melove is one village, crossed by railroad tracks and a main road called the Friendship of Peoples Street. That slogan still rings t...

Military intelligence offers career path in today's Russia

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — "First time here?" the conductor on the train that stops at the logging outpost of Loyga asks some departing passengers. "My condolences — there isn't even cell phone connection."...

Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — As the recipient of Russia's highest award, Alexander Mishkin is the pride of his home village, his photo even decorating a local school. Several residents of th...

Taxi receipt, records appear to link alleged hackers to GRU

MOSCOW (AP) — April 12 was supposed to be another day on the job for Alexei Morenets, the balding 41-year-old alleged to be an on-site hacking specialist for Russian military intelligence. ...

Young Russians taking the lead in anti-Putin protests

MOSCOW (AP) — When almost all the protesters at recent anti-government rallies across Russia went home, teenagers and young adults were the only ones left on the streets. "In my circ...

Russian pension reform hits vulnerable age group of over-50s

MOSCOW (AP) — When 52-year old accountant Marina Grigoryeva was laid off this year, she figured that at least she would be eligible for a state pension in three years' time. But measures announced by ...

Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet Friday in Tehran, all eyes will be on their diplomacy reaching a last-minute deal to avert a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded north...

Sanctioned Russian oligarch linked to Cohen has vast US ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States...

Sanctioned Russian oligarch linked to Cohen has vast US ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States...