• FILE -- In this April 17, 2016 file photo, a long-range S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a parade marking National Army Day, in Tehran, Iran. State media says the military has begun deploying a Russia-supplied S-300 air defense system around the underground Fordo nuclear facility. Video footage posted late Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, on Iranian state TV’s website showed trucks arriving at the site and missile launchers being aimed skyward. Russia began delivering the S-300 system to Iran earlier this year after sanctions were lifted under a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

    Iran deploys S-300 air defense around nuclear site

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has begun deploying a Russian-made S-300 air defense system around its underground Fordo nuclear facility, state TV reported.

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, women's pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva, left, jokes with a military musicians as she visits the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russian athletes including the women's pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva, have visited an air base in Syria that Russia uses to target Islamic State fighters.(Olga Balashova/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP)

    Russian athletes visit air base in Syria used to strike IS

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian athletes including the women’s pole vault world record holder, Yelena Isinbayeva, have visited an air base in Syria that Russia uses to target Islamic State fighters.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, walk to their seats prior to a bilateral meeting  in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The U.S. and Russia renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a nationwide truce. (Martial Trezzini/Pool Photo via AP)

    US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “have achieved clarity” on a path to restore a truce in Syria but details remain to be worked out.

  • Svitolina, Larsson advance to semifinals in New Haven

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Petra Kvitova needed just an hour Thursday to beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 and move into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open, despite suffering from a cold.

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 file photo, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin speaks at United Nations headquarters. Churkin said Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn’t have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country.

  • Russian doping coach Chegin loses appeal against life ban

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian anti-doping agency says a coach linked to more than 20 doping cases has lost his appeal against a life ban from athletics.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during an awards ceremony for Russia's Olympians in Moscow's Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Putin calls ban on Russia’s Paralympic team inhumane

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane on Thursday, while six Russian athletes launched a bid to compete at next month’s games as individuals.

  • Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the “vast right-wing conspiracy” and another who was a leader of the so-called “birther” movement.

  • Manchester City's Fabian Delph, second left, scores his side's first goal against Steaua Bucharest during their Champions League Play-off, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)

    Man City, Moenchengladbach cruise into Champions League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach built on commanding first-leg advantages to cruise through the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday, while Russian side Rostov thrashed Ajax 4-1 to reach the group stage for the first time.

  • Russian police block a street outside a bank seized by a man who claimed to have a bomb and took four people hostage in the centre of Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Moscow police say the man later surrendered peacefully, after an hours-long standoff Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Bankrupt businessman seizes Moscow bank, then surrenders

    MOSCOW (AP) — A man who claimed to have a bomb seized a bank in the center of Moscow and took four people hostage Wednesday evening, but he surrendered peacefully a few hours later, police said.