• Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, looks at Ukrainian jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko  during their meting  in the Presidential Office in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Russia has released jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — During the nearly two years that she was imprisoned in Russia, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko became a national hero in absentia, lauded for her flinty defiance. On Wednesday she made a celebrated return to the country still embroiled in a fight against Moscow-backed separatists.

  • In this Monday, March 21, 2016 file photo, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko smiles to journalists from a glass-covered cage in court in Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. A lawyer for one of two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine says the groundwork is being laid for a possible exchange with Savchenko, who is imprisoned in Russia. Lawyer Valentin Rybin told the state news agency Tass on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, that both Russians have submitted a petition for a pardon to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    The Latest: Ukrainian pilot Savchenko freed, flown to Kiev

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezda Savchenko (all times local):

  • A Pakistani police officer and paramedics stand beside two dead bodies reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, at a hopsital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, May 22, 2016. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, had been killed in the strike. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

    Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement’s ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.

  • Russia's Sports Minister Vilaty Mutko gestures as he answers a journalist's questions, after their press tour of its anti doping laboratory in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Russians have been accused of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the IOC has asked WADA to carry out a full-fledged investigation and plans to retest Sochi samples. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Coach: High jump champ Chicherova notified of doping retest

    MOSCOW (AP) — Ten medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples, state television reported Tuesday.

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, Russia's pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva attends a press conference in Moscow, Russia. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says on Monday, May 23, 2016 she will file suit if Russia’s ban from global track and field competition is upheld and she is barred from competing in Rio de Janeiro. Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed systematic, state-sponsored doping. The IAAF is due to rule next month on whether to reinstate Russia ahead of the Rio Games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

    Isinbayeva vows lawsuit if Russia barred from Olympic track

    MOSCOW (AP) — Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva plans to file suit if Russia’s ban from global track and field competition remains in place and she is barred from competing at the games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the ASEAN - Russia summit in Sochi, Russia, Friday, May 20, 2016.  Putin welcomed an investigation into Russian doping on Friday and said the country is ready to offer full assistance to the World Anti-Doping Agency. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    July 15 set as deadline for completion of Sochi doping probe

    MONTREAL (AP) — WADA’s independent investigation into allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be completed by July 15.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in front of a burning car at the scene where suicide bombers blew themselves up, in the coastal town of Tartus, Syria, Monday, May 23, 2016. Syrian TV said suicide bombers blew themselves followed by a car bomb in a parking lot packed during morning rush hour. (SANA via AP)

    The Latest: IS claims deadly blasts in 2 Syrian cities

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • Russia's players celebrate thier goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships bronze medal match between Russia and USA, in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russia routs US 7-2 for bronze medal at hockey worlds

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia routed the United States 7-2 to win the bronze medal at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.

  • In this Monday, June 30, 2008 file photo, urine samples from Chinese athletes are recorded upon arriving at China Anti-Doping Agency in Beijing. So far, 31 unidentified athletes in six sports from 12 countries have been caught in retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Games. Results on tests of 250 samples from the 2012 London Olympics will be known soon.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    How it works: a look at the retests of Olympic drug samples

    GENEVA (AP) — Inside a non-descript concrete building in a Swiss parking lot lies evidence that could take down dozens of Olympic athletes.