• Belarus president calls national hockey team ‘spineless’

    MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called the country’s national hockey team “spineless” after it failed to qualify for the playoffs at the world championships.

  • Portugal’s European Championship hero dropped from squad

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is going to the Confederations Cup without Eder, its goal-scoring hero in the final of the European Championship, and rising star Renato Sanches.

  • Barred by Russian TV, Navalny creates YouTube revolution

    MOSCOW (AP) — After repeated jailings, court convictions on dubious charges and an attack that damaged his eye, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is hard to unnerve. But every week his anxiety soars when he does a YouTube live broadcast.

  • NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance, explained

    BRUSSELS (AP) — It sounds strange to characterize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a huge gun club, but the comparison can be useful in understanding the world’s biggest military alliance.

  • KHL cuts team and reveals 6-month salary delays

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League has cut a Russian team as it tries to fix worsening financial problems, including debts to league players of over $17 million.

  • Islamic State-linked militants besiege Philippine city

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Islamic State group-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS, authorities said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared martial law across the southern third of the nation, warned he may expand it nationwide.

  • Russia set to reclaim a seat on the FIFA Council

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Russia is set to reclaim the spot on the FIFA Council stripped from the country’s deputy prime minister.

  • Russian, Azerbaijani Olympic cyclists banned for doping

    MOSCOW (AP) — A pair of Olympic cyclists from Russia and Azerbaijan have been banned for doping by the International Cycling Union.

  • Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country’s south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State group laid siege to a southern city.

  • The Latest: US not sure IS was behind Manchester bombing

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local):