• Pellegrino makes history in world cross-country ski sprint

    LAHTI, Finland (AP) — Italian skier Federico Pellegrino became the first man from outside Scandinavia to win a Nordic championship in freestyle cross-country sprint on Thursday.

  • US musician makes mics in Russia using Kalashnikov machinery

    TULA, Russia (AP) — Claims of hacking by the Russian state may be feeding international tensions, but they’ve given Californian musician David Brown a great icebreaker when selling his line of Russian-made microphones.

  • 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.

  • Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA’s historic moon pad.

  • Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.

  • Russian cross-country skiers denied entry into worlds

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled against five Russian cross-country skiers who wanted their provisional suspensions lifted to allow them to compete at the world championships.

  • Russians fear missing European indoors over doping reviews

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian competitors and officials fear they will miss another major athletics championship because they believe the IAAF is too slow in approving a partial lifting of its doping ban.

  • Former Chelsea player Smertin lands Russian racism role

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin has been put in charge of investigating soccer racism in Russia, despite previously appearing to deny it existed.

  • 7 killed in airstrikes on Syrian capital

    BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes in the Syrian capital, Damascus, left at least seven people dead Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces against opposition-held areas inside and around the capital.

  • Russian runner Savinova could lose European award for doping

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian runner Maria Savinova could be stripped of her 2011 European Athlete of the Year award because of her doping ban.