Putin, Netanyahu meet before Israeli parliamentary election
MOSCOW (AP) — Ahead of Israel's early parliamentary election next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has an interest in who wins power.
Russian deputy PM Mutko wins Olympic doping appeal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vitaly Mutko, who was Russia's Sports Minister during the doping-tainted Winter Olympics in Sochi, won an appeal on Thursday against his lifetime ban from the...
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Olympic champion Beckie Scott has received the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fight against doping.
The 2002 Olympic champion in cross-country skiing...
GENEVA (AP) — The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the visit to Russia by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser says the...
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister are sitting down...
MOSCOW (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country isn't interested in negotiating a nuclear arms control treaty with the United States and Russia.
Correction: Pompeo story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 12 about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with European officials to discuss Iran, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he had canceled a stop in...
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — In the five years since the Sochi Olympics, Russians have been flocking south to enjoy their subtropical ski slopes.
Second Sochi women’s World Cup super-G canceled
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The women's super-G race in Sochi was canceled Sunday after adverse weather made it impossible to hold any of the week's events.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the World Cup overall title for the third straight year in "strange" circumstances after snowstorms prevented the women's super-G race in...
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The second-to-last women's downhill of the World Cup season has been canceled in Russia after poor course conditions meant a mandatory training session was canceled...
Sochi ski return delayed as training cancelled
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Top skiers' return to the Sochi Olympic course has been delayed after a second women's downhill training session was cancelled.
Tretiakov wins World Cup men’s skeleton season title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alexander Tretiakov of Russia clinched the World Cup men's skeleton season title on Sunday.
Tretiakov, who also was the season-long champion in 2008-09 and won the...
Nikitina, implicated in Sochi, wins World Cup skeleton title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elena Nikitina, one of the athletes who was implicated in the doping scandal that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has become the first Russian to win the World Cup...
The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local):
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after Thursday's talks in Sochi that the Syrian government must take over the regions where U.S. troops are currently deployed.
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Russian, Turkish defense ministers meet on Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Russian and Turkish defense ministers have stressed the need to continue military and intelligence cooperation to ensure stability in Syria's Idlib province despite...
Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals.
Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the city has "unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level."
Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled after doping ban
MOSCOW (AP) — Alexander Zubkov is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years for doping at the Olympics.
Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won two bobsled gold medals which were later stripped for doping. He denies taking any banned substances.
Lawyer: IOC loses Swiss supreme court appeal in Russian case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A lawyer for Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov says Switzerland's federal court has dismissed the IOC's appeal against Russian athletes being cleared of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Lawyer Christof Wieschemann says in a statement "Alexander Legkov can rightly claim: 'My medals are clean!' Congratulations."
The IOC had stripped Legkov of his gold medal in 50-kilometer freestyle and silver in the 4x10-kilometer relay.
Zubkov among 4 Russian bobsledders banned for Olympic doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Five years after the Sochi Olympics, the man who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony has been banned for doping at those games.
Alexander Zubkov, already stripped of two Olympic gold medals, was among four Russian bobsledders banned Wednesday until December 2020 for their part in organized doping at the 2014 Games.
Russian court says bobsledder can keep Olympic titles
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov won a Moscow court ruling on Friday that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals.
The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in 2017 by the IOC for doping. He failed to overturn that disqualification at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year.
Russian biathlon champion in doping scandal retires
MOSCOW (AP) — Anton Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Shipulin, 31, told a news conference in Moscow that he decided to retire after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. He is one of scores of Russian athletes banned from competing for being part of Russia's state-sponsored doping program at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Shipulin won a gold medal in Sochi's biathlon relay race.
Senators bring bill to criminalize vast doping conspiracies
Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies, the likes of which Russia pursued during the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Bobsled body suspends 5 Russians in fallout of Sochi doping
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian bobsled federation president Alexander Zubkov and four others have been provisionally suspended for doping in fallout from the Sochi Olympics.
The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it has imposed interim bans on the five Russians "based on the reasoned awards issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport."
Russian Olympic Committee appeals doping court ruling
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee has appealed a Moscow court ruling which sought to overturn a doping disqualification against a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Moscow City Court ruled last month that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov — who carried the Russian flag at the Sochi opening ceremony — could keep his medals because a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to uphold his disqualification wasn't valid in Russia.
UN: No progress on forming Syria constitutional committee
MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's warring sides and the mediators meeting in Kazakhstan failed to agree on the formation of a committee meant to draft a new constitution which is key to ending the seven-year civil war, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Thursday, calling it a "missed opportunity."
Staffan de Mistura was in the Kazakh capital of Astana where Russia, Turkey and Iran are holding talks with the Syrian government and the opposition on steps to bring peace to the country.
WADA visits Moscow lab seeking key doping data
MOSCOW (AP) — A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency visited the Moscow laboratory at the center of Russia's doping cover-ups on Wednesday, seeking data which could lead to more bans for the country's top athletes.
Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the northern city of Aleppo that Damascus and Moscow blamed on rebels.
Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee
MOSCOW (AP) — With a pair of gold medals at stake, a Russian court has issued a ruling that directly challenges the authority of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
UN hopes for meeting on Syria constitution by late December
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is still aiming to send invitations to 150 Syrians by mid-December to participate in a committee that would draft a new constitution for Syria, which is key to holding elections and ending the country's civil war, a U.N. envoy said Monday.
Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, told the Security Council that the U.N. also aims to hold the committee's first meeting before Dec. 31.
White House, athletes pressure anti-doping body to reform
WASHINGTON (AP) — Olympic athletes joined the acting White House drug czar and anti-doping officials from seven other countries on Wednesday to call on the World Anti-Doping Agency to reform its governance, saying major changes are necessary to ensure drug-free competition at international events.
Flash floods kill 6 in southern Russia; 1 person missing
MOSCOW (AP) — At least six people died as flash floods hit southern Russia, paralyzing road and train traffic across the Black Sea region and forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes, rescue officials said Friday.
The region, which hosted many events for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, saw a huge amount of rain on a single day — Wednesday — that equaled the region's average rainfall for two months. The deluge caused rivers to overflow and roar down the mountainous area.
Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria, executing some
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Islamic State militants in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions.
At an international policy forum in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said "they have been recently expanding their area and took about 130 families hostage, which accounts for about 700 people."
The Latest: Putin: Iran pullout contingent on Syria security
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia President Vladimir Putin's comments (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin says any talks about the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria would be contingent on providing security guarantees for Syria.
Putin said Thursday that Russia helped negotiate the pullback of Iranian forces from the border with Israel over the summer.
Israel and the United States have demanded the withdrawal of all Iranian forces from Syria.
Bottas takes pole over Hamilton at Russian GP
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Valtteri Bottas beat Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, setting a strategy conundrum for their Mercedes team.
Bottas was 0.145 ahead of Hamilton and 0.56 ahead of third-placed Sebastian Vettel, who is second in the standings, 40 points off Hamilton.
"It feels good, still a bit of shakes, you know. It takes some concentration," said Bottas, who had his first career win in Russia last year.
Hamilton fastest in 2nd practice for Russian Grand Prix
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With Sebastian Vettel struggling with his tires, Lewis Hamilton set the pace Friday in the second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix.
Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas had been slower than their Ferrari rival in the first session, but they set faster times in the afternoon after switching to the softest tire compound.
Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote
MOSCOW (AP) — Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing for its state-sponsored doping scheme?
That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog body tasked with stopping any repeat of the widespread drug use and cover-ups which tarnished a sporting superpower.
WADA's board is due to vote on the issue Thursday in the Seychelles. If it votes yes, it might push world track and field body the IAAF to welcome back Russia too.
Turkey, Russia agree on demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib
MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces.
Russian airport worker dies, 18 hurt in plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's transportation minister says a supervisor at Sochi airport has died during an emergency response after a landing plane careered off the end of the runway into a riverbed and caught fire.
The health ministry says 18 people were injured in the accident, which occurred about 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) as the Utair-operated Boeing 737 from Moscow, carrying 164 passengers and six crew members, was landing.
The airport said the fire was extinguished within eight minutes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would make international sports doping a crime argued Wednesday that the legislation would deter scandals like Russian state-sponsored drug use at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Yulia Stepanova, a Russian former track athlete who became a whistleblower about the drug program, said at a congressional hearing that ending doping in her country would have to "start from the top" — with Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.
Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten killed
MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed Thursday, and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said they were treating the case as murder.
Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty, Kazakh news agencies reported. Doctors in Almaty say the 25-year-old skater died in the hospital there.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They've gone 120 minutes twice in a week. They have endured the emotional tugs of two penalty shootouts, somehow coming out on top on both occasions, the first team since 1990 to do so at a World Cup. They're dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful of other players who could probably use a week in the ice bath.
There's no way Croatia is going to have any juice left in the tank for England in the World Cup semifinals, right?
MOSCOW (AP) — A World Cup knockout day that featured fresh faces and record performances ended with downcast Swedish and Russian eyes and the semifinalists all set. There were standout performances aplenty, several from relative newcomers. Harry Maguire scored his first international goal at age 25, 22-year-old teammate Dele Alli got his first in a World Cup, 24-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept his first clean sheet of the tournament and it was all too much for Sweden's tough veteran side as England triumphed in Samara.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local):
Croatian fans in Sochi have been delighted with their team's World Cup quarterfinal win over Russia and even Russians have been excited by the game.
Iva Majoli of Zagreb says "It was amazing, of course. It was an amazing atmosphere for Russia and very difficult for Croatia when the whole stadium is against you."
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Croatia and Russia got to their quarterfinal matchup Saturday night in Sochi by winning shootouts in the round of 16, Croatia edging Denmark and Russia upsetting Spain. After scoring minutes apart in regulation and again in extra time, it would come to penalties again as Croatia and Russia tussled for the right to play England in the semifinals.
MOSCOW (AP) — Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup.
The Washington Capitals captain took the NHL trophy to a fan zone in Moscow where World Cup games are screened. With the Russian National Guard providing security, Ovechkin lifted the cup above his head in front of a crowd of fans, who were allowed to take photos with the trophy.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local):
Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup.
The captain of the Washington Capitals has brought the NHL trophy to a Moscow fan zone where World Cup games are screened. Ovechkin lifted the Cup above his head in front of a crowd of fans, who were allowed to take photos with the trophy.