Soyuz rocket fails with U.S. and Russian men aboard

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) MOSCOW — A Russian rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed on launch Thursday, forcing …

War games and business deals: Russia, China send a signal to Washington

Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the U.S. military September 11 at 11:44 AM VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — From this Pacific port to a Siberian training range 900 miles away, China and Russia sent an unambiguous message to Washington on Tuesday: Under American pressure, these historic rivals are becoming allies. In Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir …

Putin bets on parks and trains to win over Moscow’s middle class. His bet is paying off. 

MOSCOW — Over lunch at his go-to rooftop vegetarian cafe, where juice shots are called “Get Lit” and “Purple Swag,” the chairman of the Moscow mayor’s reelection campaign reels off the boss’s accomplishments.  Parks renovated: 550. Bike paths laid: 137 miles. Life expectancy: 78 years, up from 74 in 2010. New clinics, festivals, roads, light …

Putin to Trump: ‘The ball is in America’s court’

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a thumbs up as Chinese President Xi Jinping reacts to cheers as Chinese and Russian youth ice hockey teams played in northern China’s Tianjin Municipality on Friday. (Getty Images) MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a new personal appeal to President Trump for holding a summit meeting between the …

At Putin’s inauguration, former German chancellor Schröder got a front-row spot. The Kremlin was sending a message.

Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin shakes hands with former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder as outgoing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stands nearby during a ceremony inaugurating Putin as the new Russian president at the Kremlin in Moscow on Monday. (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images) MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with just three people in the audience …

Putin launches another term as Russia’s president. It might even be his last. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin works in his cabinet before an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 7, 2018. (Sputnik/Reuters) MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin, already the longest serving leader of Russia since Stalin, launched a fourth presidential term on Monday in which he has promised to improve Russian lives at home while …