Soviet Union

PRAGUE | Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

PRAGUE — A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Hundreds jeered and booed Babis’ arrival for a ceremony in front of the Czech public radio building in downtown Prague, a site of a fierce street battle between … Continue reading PRAGUE | Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

GENEVA | Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

GENEVA— Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying that he died after a short … Continue reading GENEVA | Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

JUNEAU, Alaska | Russian immigrant seeks Democratic nod for Alaska House seat

JUNEAU, Alaska — At age 37, Dimitri Shein has already lived the American dream. Born in the Soviet Union, Shein recalls standing in bread lines with his grandfather. After moving to Alaska in the early 1990s, he and his mom, who had married a man in Anchorage, wound up living in a shelter and on … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Russian immigrant seeks Democratic nod for Alaska House seat

MOSCOW | Russia: 18 killed in Siberian oil worker helicopter crash

MOSCOW— A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers, authorities said. The Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil aviation in much of the former Soviet Union, said the Mi-8 helicopter collided with the load being carried by another helicopter. Both had taken off from the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia: 18 killed in Siberian oil worker helicopter crash

MOSCOW | Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash

MOSCOW — A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia on Saturday, killing all 18 people aboard. The Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil aviation in much of the former Soviet Union, said the Mi-8 helicopter collided with the load being carried by another helicopter that had taken off from the same pad in … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash

YEHUD, Israel | Israeli company plans lunar landing next year

YEHUD, Israel — An Israeli organization said Tuesday that it hopes to become the first non-governmental entity to land a spacecraft on the moon when it attempts to launch a module later this year. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries plan to launch their unmanned craft in December, the team said at a press … Continue reading YEHUD, Israel | Israeli company plans lunar landing next year

LONDON | UK official reassures residents in poisoning case

LONDON — Britain’s home secretary is visiting Amesbury and Salisbury in southwestern England to reassure residents that the risk to the public remains very low despite the recent poisoning of two people exposed to a deadly nerve agent. Sajid Javid said Sunday that both towns remain open for business and urged people to visit. Javid … Continue reading LONDON | UK official reassures residents in poisoning case

AMESBURY, England | 2nd Novichok poisoning likely not deliberate, police say

AMESBURY, England— British officials investigating a second case of poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Thursday they suspect the victims were not directly targeted but sickened as a consequence of the previous attack. Police announced late Wednesday that specialists have determined that a couple in their 40s were poisoned by the … Continue reading AMESBURY, England | 2nd Novichok poisoning likely not deliberate, police say