Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

World 02/12/19, 02:06

Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93.The white-turbaned and soft-spoken Mujadidi was a mentor to former President Hamid Karzai, ...

EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections

Europe 02/01/19, 08:36

The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with ...

Russian and Japanese leaders talk about territorial dispute

Europe 01/22/19, 07:17

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for talks Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a decades-long territorial dispute between the two nations.The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War ...

Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

Asia & Pacific 01/19/19, 05:03

Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.These moments ...

Russian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss disputed islands

World 01/14/19, 05:33

The foreign Ministers of Russia and Japan are holding talks about disputed Pacific islands.The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls ...

Anatoly Lukyanov, ex-Soviet parliament speaker, dies at 88

Europe 01/09/19, 14:54

Anatoly Lukyanov, a Communist politician who as parliament speaker was imprisoned for his role in a coup attempt that precipitated the Soviet Union's collapse, has died. He was 88.Russia's Channel One state television said Lukyanov died Wednesday. It didn't specify ...

Russia irked by Japanese statements on long-disputed islands

Europe 01/09/19, 12:24

Russia's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Japanese ambassador over recent statements from Tokyo about disputed Pacific islands.The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to ...

Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown dies at 91

U.S. 01/05/19, 18:37

Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91. Brown died Friday, said the Rand Corp., the California-based think ...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

U.S. 12/09/18, 18:10

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown ...

Russia’s most famous human rights activist dies at 91

World 12/08/18, 15:15

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91."She ...

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

Politics 12/01/18, 00:18

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single ...

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