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February 13, 2018 1:52 PM Russian plane crash caused by pilots’ error on speed data, investigators say

The Interstate Aviation Committee said the crash occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane’s two air speed indicators. MOSCOW—Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed 7

February 11, 2018 2:01 PM Russian plane carrying 71 crashes near Moscow

Regional jet had disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city's airports. No survivors were immediately reported. The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo 26

February 11, 2018 12:52 PM Russian passenger plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

MOSCOW—Russia’s Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on Sunday afternoon. News reports said 71 people — 65 passengers and six crew — were aboard the plane heading for the city of Orsk, about 11

February 1, 2018 7:17 PM World Cup organizers dismiss threat of locust plague in Russia

“Locusts present no danger to soccer fields,” said the head of the World Cup organizing committee. MOSCOW—The head of the World Cup organizing committee has dismissed claims that a plague of locusts could threaten the soccer tournament in Russia. Alexei Sorokin was responding to a warning from the agriculture ministry that locusts could devour the grass 15

January 25, 2018 7:34 PM Former NHL players Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk to lead Russian Olympic hockey team

Datsyuk and Kovalchuk will be on a team drawn entirely from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League. MOSCOW—Former NHL players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk will lead the hockey team of the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” at the Pyeongchang Games. It’s the fifth Olympics for both Datsyuk and Kovalchuk. They will be on a team drawn entirely from the Russia-based 14

December 28, 2017 3:24 PM Iced cap: Ottawa currently coldest capital city in the world

Ottawa's temperature has fallen below those of capital cities in Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia The extreme cold has pushed Ottawa well below the rest of the world's coldest capital cities. Mongolia's capital, Ulan Bator, is on average the coldest national capital in the world. But Ottawa's overnight temperature of –29 C on Wednesday fell below that for Ulan Bator 38

December 27, 2017 5:45 PM At least 4 injured in St. Petersburg following explosion, Russian media reports

MOSCOW—Russian news reports say at least four people have been injured by an explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg. Russian news agencies quoted St. Petersburg’s branch of the Emergencies Ministry as saying that a device containing 200 grams of explosives went off on Wednesday at a storage area for customers’ bags. No one has claimed responsibility 22

December 22, 2017 6:50 PM Court jails Ukraine PM's interpreter accused of spying for Russia

Stanislav Yezhov pleaded not guilty to charges of passing government secrets to Russian handlers A Ukrainian court has ordered a government official accused of spying for Russia to remain in custody during an investigation. The court in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv ruled Friday that Stanislav Yezhov would be kept in jail through Feb. 17. His defence 27

December 1, 2017 4:11 PM World Cup draw: Portugal, Spain to meet in group stage

Countries haven't played each other since 2012 European Championship Portugal and Spain will meet in the group stage at next year's World Cup. The rivals will play in Sochi on June 15, the second day of the tournament. The two countries haven't played since meeting in the semifinals of the 2012 European Championship, when eventual champion Spain won on penalties 17

November 28, 2017 12:26 PM Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit after launch

MOSCOW - The Russian space agency says that a weather satellite has failed to enter a designated orbit following its launch, another blow to the nation's space program. Roscosmos says it has failed to establish communications with the Meteor M 2-1 satellite that was launched atop a Soyuz-2 booster rocket Tuesday from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. The agency 26