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Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea

BEIJING/SEOUL The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea's nuclear threat is likely to loom large. | Video

Afghan Air Force receives first Black Hawk helicopters

KABUL The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, officials said.

World, Afghanistan6:02am EDT

China says North Korea nuclear issue must be resolved peacefully

BEIJING The North Korean nuclear issue must be resolved peacefully, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Russian counterpart during a meeting at the United Nations, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Lawmakers want watchdog to probe Russian radio's 'propaganda' in U.S.

WASHINGTON Three Democratic lawmakers want the U.S. communications watchdog to investigate whether the Russian government-funded radio station and news site Sputnik violated government regulations by broadcasting programs aimed at influencing U.S. policies and elections.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 18 2017

Putin watches as Russia intensifies war games that have rattled West

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin observed Russia's biggest war games in years on Monday, watching as his forces successfully repelled an imaginary enemy and launched a tank-led counter offensive, part of an exercise that has rattled the West. | Video

World, Sep 18 2017

Audience, actors cry foul about arrest of Russian theater director

MOSCOW A play staged by arrested Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov drew a full house on its first night at a Moscow theater, with many in the audience and cast expressing solidarity with the director who they said is being punished for his liberal views.

Entertainment, Sep 18 2017

Russia says U.S., Ukraine reject its U.N. proposal for Eastern Ukraine: TASS

MOSCOW Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations said the United States and Ukraine have told Russia they will not work on a Russian proposal to deploy United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, the TASS news agency reported.

World, United NationsSep 18 2017

Cohen, close Trump business adviser, to testify in Senate on Tuesday

WASHINGTON Michael Cohen, one of President Donald Trump's closest business advisers, said on Sunday he would testify on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, as the panel investigates alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 17 2017

Putin ally: No logic in deploying U.N. forces on Russia-Ukraine border

MOSCOW One of President Vladimir Putin's top allies said on Sunday she saw no logic in deploying U.N. peacekeepers along the border between Russia and Ukraine, something Kiev and Washington favor.

World, Sep 17 2017

Russia rejects allegation it bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria

MOSCOW Russia's Defence Ministry on Sunday rejected allegations it had bombed U.S.-backed militias in Syria, saying its planes only targeted Islamic State militants and that it had warned the United States well in advance of its operational plans.

World, SyriaSep 17 2017

Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine, but rights groups critical

NAYPYITAW Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be brought to book, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military. | Video