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3 children taken after mom's killing are back in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three young children kidnapped from the Los Angeles area after their mother was killed have been returned to California from New …

Los Angeles County

This Marine general will take over as the Pentagon chief’s top military assistant

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has selected a seasoned Marine Corps general and battlefield commander to take over as his new top military assistant, after allegations of misconduct led to the firing of his predecessor.<p>Marine Brig. Gen. Eric Smith will become the Pentagon chief’s new senior …

Military

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Blowback: Saudi Arabia vs. Russia in Syria

In short, the last time the Saudis made it their business to scuttle Russian policies in that part of the world, they bloodied the Russians rather …

Middle East

Russians with Western ties increasingly branded 'traitors'

MOSCOW (AP) — When Gennady Kravtsov sent a cover letter to a Swedish company, he reasoned that, even if a job didn't come of it, he at least would …

Russia

Russian 'troll factory' sued for underpayment and labour violations

The secretive Russian agency that hires people to write pro-Kremlin propaganda on the web stepped into the public spotlight for the first time on Tuesday as a former employee took it to court.<p>The Agency for Internet Studies, which runs what has been called a “troll factory” from a nondescript St …

Russia

Chan and Sukumaran families arrive in Sydney before funerals of Bali Nine pair

Container believed to be carrying bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran escorted from tarmac at Sydney airport about 6.30am Saturday<p>Andrew Chan’s new wife has arrived in Sydney with Myuran Sukamaran’s family, before the funerals for the Bali Nine men.<p>Febyanti Herewila, known as Feby, touched …

Asia

Focus in Ferguson shifts to election of City Council members

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Small-community municipal elections don't typically merit much attention, but Tuesday's City Council race in Ferguson has …

Justice

Microsoft is making a change to its browsers that could give you less privacy

"Do Not Track" is all about protecting your online privacy. It's a simple mechanism on most web browsers that lets you opt out of tracking from third parties, including websites you don't visit.<p>As the standards around "Do Not Track" keep evolving, so do the public policies. The World Wide Web …

One Year Later In Crimea: Polls Don't Tell The Whole Story

Oleg Sentsov is the face of Crimea today. A year ago, the Ukrainian filmmaker put his next film on hold to participate in AutoMaidan, bringing food to Ukrainian soldiers under siege during Russia’s take-over of the peninsula. Soon after, he was kidnapped by FSB agents and brought to Moscow. …

Russia

Russian hopes of money, glory die on Ukraine battlefields

When Alexander Zhitinev left in November to fight with the pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, winter had just begun unleashing its fury on the wind-lashed steppe of this impoverished 18th century frontier town.<p>Zhitinev's work as a mechanic had dried up because laid-off metalworkers could no …

Russia

Russians Celebrate U.S. WWII Vehicles at 'Engines of Victory' Exhibit

MOSCOW — American military hardware was celebrated in Moscow this week, despite the current U.S.-Russia tensions, by those who remembered when the two world powers fought side by side.<p>The U.S. jeeps and trucks on display form part of the Engines of Victory exhibit in eastern Moscow, which is …

Engines

Boris Nemtsov's final message: 'Putin has programmed Russians to hate strangers'

<b>Q.</b> The opposition takes to the streets, but the regime holds on tight as ever. Is Russia going to change?<p><b>A.</b> For now, we’re drowning. Everyone. Due to …

Ukraine Showcases Captured Russian Military Hardware

Normally the square outside St. Michael’s Cathedral in central Kyiv is filled with sightseers taking photos of the famous golden-domed monastery …

‘What freedom is’: Victim of Russian communism, Olympic gold medalist, fled to America more than 50-years ago. He’s never looked back

When Dániel Magay left Hungary to compete in the 1956 Olympics, the Hungarian revolution had just defeated the Kremlin-backed communist government. By the time he and his teammates won the gold in fencing, the Soviets had re-captured Hungary with tanks and troops and Dániel was faced with the most …

Time I

Crossing the Kremlin: Nemtsov latest in long line of Putin critics to wind up dead

Enemies of Vladimir Putin have a way of winding up dead.<p>Whether they are poisoned, gunned down on the streets of Moscow or blown to bits in their homes, people who have crossed or merely criticized the Russian president have turned up dead around the world. Putin political adversary Boris Nemtsov, …

Kremlin spin and the killing of Boris Nemtsov | Human Rights

<b>Moscow, Russia -</b> What inspired the murder of Boris Nemtsov?<p>Russian authorities have pledged to find and prosecute the killers of the former deputy prime minister-turned opposition leader, while government critics claim the brazen slaying on a bridge outside the Kremlin walls was allegedly organised …

Russia

Nemtsov's murder reveals the rotten core of Putin's propaganda war

After the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Friday, it's hard to conclude anything other than I was wrong — and abjectly so.<p>In the intervening years there have been protests of an unprecedented scale on the streets of Moscow, with hundreds of thousands braving the bitter cold to …

How Much More Economic Pain Can Vladimir Putin Take?

It’s been a little more than six months since the full brunt of Western sanctions took force against Russia. The punishment, while slow in coming, …

Try It Now

Prosecutors reportedly plan to appeal dismissed case against Hope Solo

Hope Solomay be back with the U.S. women's soccer team but her legal troubles are not over.<p>Chris Daniels of Seattle TV station KING-5 reported earlier this week that prosecutors in Kirkland, Wash., plan to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence against …

Hope Solo

Kremlin 'considered plan to split Ukraine before president’s overthrow'

Strategy document suggests Moscow was already pondered plan to annex Crimea and assimilate pro-Russian regions<p>The Kremlin received advice to break up Ukraine and absorb its pro-Russian regions even before the country’s president fled in the wake of street protests a year ago, according to an …

Ukraine 'will not withdraw heavy artillery from the front line'

The decision by Kiev comes after two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 10 wounded over a 24 hour period on Sunday and Monday<p><b>Ukraine</b> will not withdraw heavy artillery from the front line as <b>required under a peace agreement</b> because of continued fighting, officials said on Monday.<p>The decision to keep …

Rebel assaults in east Ukraine make weapons pullback impossible, Kiev says

Ukraine delayed a promised pullback of heavy weapons from the front line Monday in eastern Ukraine, blaming continuing attacks from separatist rebels.<p>Under a peace agreement reached Feb. 12, both sides are to withdraw their heavy weapons 25 to 70 kilometres back to create a buffer zone. Ukrainian …

Assessment of Russia’s next military moves in Ukraine after the fall of Debaltseve

Early February 18, thousands of Ukrainian troops began withdrawing – or rather fleeing – the (almost) pocket of Debaltseve after the Ukrainian …

Ukraine PM says cease fire non-existent, Putin on a larger mission

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Saturday that his country is not on the verge of collapse and that Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian soldiers despite a recent cease fire agreement.<p>“We are very far from a collapse,” Yatsenyuk told Fox News. “You know why? We …

FBI had spy in bedroom of German rapper turned ISIS poster boy, says report

The German rapper who became a grisly poster boy for ISIS fell for the oldest trick in the book, according to a report that said the woman "Deso Dogg" thought was his wife was an FBI spy.<p>The spy transmitted critical information about the rapper, who was born Denis Cuspert and now goes by Abu Talha …

Ukraine president: phone calls prove rebels attacked Mariupol

Petro Poroshenko says intercepted radio conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for attack that killed 30<p>Ukraine's president said on Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets …

Russia