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7 months 2 weeks ago

NATO agrees to a create rapid response force

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance's leaders have agreed to create a rapid response force to address the threat of aggression from Russia. Rasmussen says the force will include several thousand land troops ready to deploy within just a few days. He says the...

1 year 9 months ago

White House criticizes Russia for Snowden meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is criticizing Russia for allowing activists to meet with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden at Moscow's airport. Spokesman Jay Carney says Friday's meeting amounted to a "propaganda platform" for the man the Obama administrations wants Russia to return to the U.S. to face...

2 years 8 months ago

Top US general: Venezuela not a threat

LIMA, Peru (AP) - The Air Force general responsible for U.S. military operations in most of Latin America says he doesn't consider Venezuela to pose a national security threat to the United States. Gen. Douglas Fraser says he doesn't see President Hugo Chavez's ongoing arms purchases and deepening ties with...

3 years 4 weeks ago

Russia to discuss Syria with Kofi Annan

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian official says U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan will visit Moscow this week to discuss his efforts to mediate a cease-fire in Syria. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also said Thursday that his country will meet with a Syrian opposition delegation, including members of the...

3 years 1 month ago

Putin says US should be more constructive

MOSCOW (AP) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is touting Russia's nuclear weapons, saying the country has enough strength that the United States should seek a more constructive approach to a dispute over European missile defense plans. Russia has previously threatened retaliatory moves if Washington goes ahead with plans to elements...

3 years 8 months ago

Obama mourns 'soldier-statesman' Shalikashvili

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States has lost a "genuine soldier-statesman" with the death of Army Gen. John Shalikashvili. Shalikashvili was the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obama said Shalikashvili's "extraordinary life represented the promise of America and the limitless...

4 years 2 months ago

Suicide bomber kills 35 in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) - There's been no claim of responsibility for today's deadly explosion at a Moscow airport terminal, which left 35 people dead. Investigators say it was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber. In the past, Chechen militants have taken responsibility for terror attacks in Moscow, including a...

4 years 4 months ago

16 indicted for bank fraud and organized crime

DENVER (AP) - Sixteen people from Russia and Tajikistan have been indicted on charges of creating a ring that defrauded Denver banks of more than $300,000. A grand jury indictment returned November 10 and unsealed today accuses the suspects of theft, conspiracy, and criminal impersonation. Four of the suspects...

4 years 8 months ago

US sending aid to Russia to battle wildfires

The United States is sending firefighting equipment to Russia to help officials there respond to the 500 wildfires burning across the country. The White House says President Barack Obama called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday morning to express his condolences for the losses his country has suffered. The wildfires...

4 years 8 months ago

NORAD, Russia to test hijack response

The U.S. and Russia are planning a joint exercise to see how well they can coordinate their efforts in the event of an international hijacking. Military aircraft from Russia and the North American Aerospace Defense Command - based at Colorado Springs' Peterson Air Force Base - will track a...

4 years 10 months ago

NORAD plans joint exercise with Russia

The Colorado Springs-based North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Russian Air Force plan to conduct a joint air defense exercise in August. The focus will be combating terrorism. This exercise will take place in both Russian and U.S. airspace, over Alaska and Russia.

5 years 1 week ago

Polish president's plane crashes in Russia

Russian officials say Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died Saturday along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia. The governor of the Smolensk region, where the crash took place, says no one survived. A state news channel says tentative...

5 years 1 week ago

Obama to sign Russia treaty

President Barack Obama heads to Prague today for the signing of a landmark nuclear treaty with Russia. The treaty commits the two former Cold War adversaries to yet more arms reductions -- slashing arsenals by nearly a third if it's ratified. It also includes new limits on missiles and bombers...

5 years 1 month ago

As Sochi takes Olympic torch, greens in despair

As Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi prepares to take the Winter Olympics torch from Vancouver, environmentalists are sounding the alarm. The southern city, surrounded by the pristine forests and rivers of the North Caucasus mountains, is hosting the 2014 games. But as the four-year countdown begins, the World...

5 years 1 month ago

Canada rolls past Russia in Olympic hockey

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - A dominating Canada ended 50 years of Olympic hockey frustration against Russia. The Canadians got a goal and two assists from Dan Boyle during a take-charge first period to beat the world champions 7-3 Wednesday and surge into the Olympic semifinals. A superpower showdown -...

5 years 6 months ago

Feds reviewing humpback whale status

The federal government is considering taking the humpback whale off the endangered species list in response to data showing the population of the massive marine mammal has been steadily growing in recent decades. Known for their acrobatic leaps from the sea and complex singing patterns, humpback whales were nearly...

5 years 7 months ago

US to adjust European missile defense plan

The Pentagon says the Obama administration is making a "major adjustment" to a European missile defense plan that has been an irritant in relations with Russia. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says the plan has been changed to better protect U.S. forces and allies in Europe from Iranian missile attacks. Earlier...

5 years 7 months ago

Pueblo steelworkers approve new contract

Unionized steelworkers have approved a five-year contract with Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel in Pueblo. Two United Steelworkers locals accepted the contract in Sunday voting. Mike Rodriguez, president of one of the locals, says the vote total won't be announced. Few details of the contract have been released, but officials say...

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