Russia's Putin orders month of non-work to curb coronavirus

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking in a televised address to...

Moscow goes into lockdown, rest of Russia braces for same

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday woke up to a lockdown obliging most of its 13 million residents to stay home, and many other regions of the vast country quickly followed suit to s...

Russian author, political activist Limonov dies at 77

MOSCOW (AP) — Eduard Limonov, a Russian author and political activist known for his poignant and controversial writings, died on Tuesday. He was 77. Limonov's death was announced by ...

Putin orders Russian constitutional vote despite virus fears

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a vote on changes in the constitution allowing to extend his rule to be held next month as planned, but warned it could be delayed if ...

Syrian, Turkish armies engage in new deadly clashes in Idlib

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two more Turkish soldiers were killed Wednesday in a Syrian government attack in Syria's northwest, the country's Defense Ministry said, as steady clashes between the two nationa...

Putin's new amendments revere God, ban same sex marriages

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted a slew of new proposed amendments to the country's Constitution that include a mention of God and describe marriage as a heterosexual...

Ex-Kremlin aide says Ukraine will never reclaim rebel east

MOSCOW (AP) — A former senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine will never be able to regain control over the country's separatist-controlled east, where Russia-backed r...

Kremlin group sets date for constitutional vote

MOSCOW (AP) — A working group chaired by Russia President Vladimir Putin has set a date for a nationwide vote on amendments to the country's Constitution that are widely seen as part of his efforts to...

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in an airstrike in northwestern Syria, Turkey said, after an attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government t...

Russia voices concern over new US nuclear weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat raised concern Wednesday about the United States deploying a new submarine-launched nuclear weapon, saying the move signaled Washington's belief that it could w...

Putin remains coy on his future political plans

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that a nationwide vote on constitutional changes he proposed wouldn't be used to extend his current term in office, but remained tight-lippe...

Russia's Putin remains secretive about his future role

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin remained tight-lipped about his future role Wednesday as he fast-tracks a set of constitutional changes widely seen as an attempt to maintain his dominan...

Russia's foreign minister slams 'aggressive' US policies

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign policy chief on Friday blamed what he described as “aggressive” U.S. policies for growing global tensions, noting Washington's reluctance to extend a key nuclear arms pa...

Russia, Ukraine finalize deals for gas transit to Europe

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian gas companies say they have finalized a slew of contracts ensuring uninterrupted transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. Ukraine's President Vol...

Putin weighs future options as he marks 20 years in power

MOSCOW (AP) — As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks two decades in power , he boasts about his achievements but remains coy about his political future — a reticence that fuels wild speculation ab...