• In Macedonia’s fake news hub, teen shows AP how it’s done

    This photograph taken in Paris Friday Dec. 2, 2016 shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Veles, Macedonia. An Associated Press analysis using web intelligence service  Domain Tools shows that USA Daily News 24 is one of roughly 200 U.S.-oriented sites registered in Veles, which has emerged as the unlikely hub for the distribution of disinformation on Facebook. Both stories shown here are bogus. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)​

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth.

  • Russian military lashes out at UN over aid to Aleppo

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military is criticizing the United Nations for dragging its feet on delivering humanitarian aid to the areas of Aleppo, which have been recently seized by Syrian government forces.

  • No immediate return for Russia to athletics events

    In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, Sergey Kirdyapkin, of Russia, wins the gold medal in the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Russian walker, Sergei Kirdyapkin, is obliged to pay back a total of at least $90,000 for numerous wins at major competitions after he was banned in 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

    MONACO (AP) — Russia will stay stuck in track and field’s doghouse, its athletes banned from competing under their own flag, until February at the earliest.

  • Turkey and Russia want cease-fire in Syria: Turkish official

    This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers carrying a victim on a stretcher after artillery fire struck the Jub al-Quba district in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Syrian activists say at least 21 people have been killed in an artillery barrage on a housing area for those displaced in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday his country and Russia want a cease-fire in Syria, where the two nations support opposing camps in the conflict.

  • Lithuanian civilians fearing Russian attack train for worst

    Young Lithuanian civilians in military fatigues practice insurgency tactics that they fear could be needed given Russia's resurgence, in the village of Pomarazai, some 25 km (15 miles) from the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Many Lithuanians are increasingly fearful that Russia, after military interventions over the past years in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, could turn to them next. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Rasa Miskinyte spent last Saturday in a freezing forest near Lithuania’s capital learning to gather water from a pond with a condom, to filter it through sand, charcoal and cloth, and to make her own stove from a beer can. She thought some basic survival skills would be helpful if Russian troops ever entered Vilnius and her family escaped into the woods.

  • Russian activists say they were detained ahead of FIFA event

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Environmental activists in the Russian city of Kazan said Wednesday that they were detained by police as they planned a protest before the Confederations Cup draw.

  • The Latest: Turkey’s Assad comments baffle Russia

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the fighting in Syria (all times local):

  • Hungary’s swim head resigns ahead of hosting 2017 worlds

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The head of Hungary’s swimming federation said Wednesday he was resigning, less than a year before the country will host the 2017 world championships.