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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Renewed Fighting Flares Between Armenia, Azerbaijan

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia flares into a sixth month, two other former Soviet republics are now engaged in renewed fighting over the remote, mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. A six-year war between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops had been dormant since a truce was brokered by Russia […]

August 5, 2014

U.S. Pulls Presidential Delegation To Sochi Paralympics

Washington (AFP) – The United States said Monday it would not send a presidential delegation to the Winter paralympics in Sochi as part of measures drawn up to protest Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. The White House said, however, that U.S. athletes would still take part in the Games, which start Friday in the Black Sea […]

March 3, 2014

No More Games

March 3, 2014

The Kiev Olympics

February 24, 2014

Carrying Hopes Of A Nation, Russia Makes Unexpected Hockey Exit

By William Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — A hockey team loses. A nation mourns, curses and cries. Russia’s men’s hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss to Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics tournament, eliminating the host country from medal contention. For some Russians, these Winter Games were about […]

February 19, 2014

Wounded Vets Take Their Place On Paralympian Team

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau SOCHI, Russia — As members of the U.S. Army, Rico Roman and Jen Lee are part of America’s first line of defense. As members of the U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey team, Roman and Lee are the last line of defense. Roman is a rugged defenseman-turned-forward who took to sled hockey […]

February 19, 2014

U.S. Prepares For Gold-Medal Game With Rout Of Swedes

By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) SOCHI, Russia – The U.S. women’s hockey team held a marathon video session and a couple of intense practices after losing to Canada in the preliminary round of the Olympic hockey tournament. The Americans felt like they played hard and physical in a 3-2 loss to their rivals, but […]

February 17, 2014

Gay Rights Activist Hauled Away Twice In 2 Days

William Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — Adorned in rainbow colors from head to toe, Vladimir Luxuria was out and about — at least temporarily — in Olympic Park Monday night. “It’s okay to be gay in Russia!” she said repeatedly in English and Russian in a voice as loud as her wardrobe as […]

February 17, 2014

Ex-Track Athletes Give U.S. Sleds A Push Toward The Podium

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune SOCHI, Russia — In their first training run together here, U.S. bobsled pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams crashed into a wall at the end of the track and severely damaged their sled. Williams — a former sprinting star who only joined the sport seven months ago — […]

February 17, 2014

Photo Of The Day — February 11

Canada’s Charles Hamelin (R) embraces his girlfriend Marianne St-Gelais after winning the gold medal in the Men’s Short Track 1500 m Final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. (AFP Photo/Damien Meyer)

February 11, 2014

A Visit From Putin’s Boys

February 9, 2014

Amid Theater Of Opening Ceremony, Politics Creeps In

SOCHI, Russia — Athletes and politics were on parade Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium featured fireworks, a colorful theatrical presentation of Russian history and an impressive collection of political star power on hand to bear witness to the start of the sports festival that […]

February 7, 2014

Putin’s Games Start With Glitz And Glitch In Sochi

Sochi (AFP) – Russia on Friday staged a glitzy opening ceremony for one of the most controversial Winter Olympics in history, seeking to convince a skeptical world that the Games spearheaded by President Vladimir Putin would be a success. The high-octane ceremony at the 40,000 capacity Fisht stadium on the Black Sea in Sochi got […]

February 7, 2014

Parrying U.S. Snub, Putin Holds Court With Dignitaries At Olympics

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russian television viewers could be forgiven Friday for failing to notice that the leaders of the United States and some of its political allies were absent from the hoopla in Sochi. President Vladimir Putin used the hours before the lavish opening ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games […]

February 7, 2014

Turkey F-16 Forces Down Hijacked Airliner Told To Fly To Sochi

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey scrambled a jet fighter Friday to force down an airliner from Ukraine after a would-be hijacker on board brandishing a detonator ordered it to Sochi where the Winter Olympic opening ceremony was underway, Turkish officials said. A Turkish F-16 made the plane, from Turkey’s Pegasus airline and carrying 110 people, land […]

February 7, 2014

U.S. Bans Carry-On Liquids On Russia-Bound Flights

Washington (AFP) – U.S. authorities announced a temporary ban Thursday on liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-ons aboard Russia-bound flights, as President Barack Obama said Moscow has an “enormous stake” in thwarting terror at the Winter Olympics. The Transportation Security Administration directive came a day after Washington warned American and foreign airlines that extremists could […]

February 7, 2014

Safety First For Sochi Olympics

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times SOCHI, Russia — As his plane approached Sochi-Adler International Airport, flying low over the coast, Eric Guay glanced out the window. Warships sat anchored on the Black Sea below. “That’s the first sight you get,” the Canadian skier said. “In a way, it makes you feel safe.” Security has […]

February 5, 2014

USA Announces 230-Member Olympic Team

Colorado Springs (AFP) – The United States named its largest ever delegation for a Winter Games by announcing it is sending 230 athletes to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Five-time Olympic medallist Shani Davis, slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin and 36-year-old Bode Miller highlight the 230-member team that will travel to Sochi for the Games beginning […]

January 28, 2014

Japan Women Olympic Team Outnumber Men For The First Time

Tokyo (AFP) – Women outnumber men for the first time in Japan’s Winter Olympic team as the country sends a record number of athletes to Sochi, hoping for its biggest ever medal haul. The turnaround is attributed to Japan’s participation in women’s ice hockey for the first time in 16 years with 21 players bound […]

January 28, 2014

Putin Says Gays At Olympics Must ‘Leave Children Alone”

Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said gays need not fear persecution at the Winter Olympic Games, but stood by a controversial ban on promoting homosexuality to children. “We don’t have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations between people,” Putin told a group of volunteers who will be working at the Games. […]

January 17, 2014

Downhill Queen Vonn To Miss Sochi Winter Olympics

Paris (AFP) – American ski champion Lindsey Vonn is to miss next month’s Sochi Winter Olympics due to a right knee injury she sustained nearly a year ago, she announced on Tuesday. “I am devastated to announce that I will not be competing in Sochi,” Vonn said on her Facebook page. ”I did everything I […]

January 7, 2014