• Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

    MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

  • Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Olizarenko dies at 63

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Nadiya Olizarenko, gold medalist in the women’s 800 meters at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has died. She was 63.

  • Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to US-Russia ties

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration signaled Thursday there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russian relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington. Russia’s support for Ukrainian separatists was underscored as a test case of its willingness to change behavior.

  • Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Increase military spending

    BRUSSELS (AP) — In an ultimatum to America’s allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told fellow NATO members Wednesday to increase military spending by year’s end or risk seeing the U.S. curtail its defense support — a stark threat given Europe’s deep unease already over U.S.-Russian relations.