• Villas-Boas banned 6 games in Russia for striking official

    MOSCOW (AP) — Zenit St. Petersburg coach Andre Villas-Boas was suspended for six games by the Russian Football Union on Thursday for striking a match official.

    Updated: 11:35 am

  • Jamieson, Gaunt lead on 1st day of Russian Open

    MOSCOW (AP) — Scott Jamieson and Daniel Gaunt took a share of the lead at the Russian Open with 6-under 65s in Thursday’s first round.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite smile during the ceremony inaugurating the headquarters of the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. NATO Force Integration Units are small command and control headquarters whose key mission is to facilitate the rapid deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force  and additional rapid response elements into the region if needed.  (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia’s military presence.

  • Government minister takes over Russian football

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko took over control of the country’s football association Wednesday ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with promises of government money for the sport.

  • Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures near the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)

    Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

  • In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Chinese military vehicle carrying what appears to be covered short-range ballistic missiles rolls down a main avenue during a rehearsal for a large military parade in Beijing. When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday, Sept. 3, for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

    A preview of new gear China’s military showing off at parade

    BEIJING (AP) — When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, takes part in a match between former Russian ice hockey stars and students of the Sirius college for gifted children in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.  (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Putin takes part in hockey game against students in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin may be nearing his 63rd birthday, but he can still beat a team of kids in hockey. With the help of some of Russia’s most formidable hockey veterans, that is.

  • A girl stands with a bouquet of flowers as people wait for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China’s guest list at this week’s grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II, but high-level representatives from Western democracies are largely absent. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders

    BEIJING (AP) — Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China’s guest list at this week’s grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.

  • USA moves top at women’s World Cup after Russia loses

    OKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — USA capitalized on a rare Russia defeat to move to the top of the rankings at the women’s volleyball World Cup Monday, beating Argentina 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 in Okayama.

  • Migrants bike into Norway at remote Arctic border crossing

    HELSINKI (AP) — As Europe grapples with record-breaking numbers of migrants, a trickle of asylum seekers from Syria and the Mediterranean region have found an unlikely route: Through Russia to a remote Arctic border post in Norway, partly on bicycles.