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  • SOCHI SCENE: Like selfies to a flame

    The Olympic flame in Sochi has become a selfie hotspot. Taking a self-portrait with a cellphone camera has become wildly popular, and the opportunity ... 

  • Kiev warns of terrorism threat amid protests

    Ukraine's security agency on Sunday warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from nearly three months of anti-government protests. 

  • Sven Kramer

    Fans shun Sochi over bombs, bureaucracy, big bucks

    When Sven Kramer wins Olympic gold, he likes to celebrate by communing with the Dutch fans who worship him. Four years ago at the Vancouver Games, ... 

  • Daniela Iraschko-Stolz

    Gay ski jumper says protests aren't worth it

    An openly gay women's ski jumper says protests against Russia's law banning homosexual "propaganda" aimed at minors aren't worth it because "no one ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Russians on the board

    The Russians are on the board at the Sochi Games. Speedskater Olga Graf captured the bronze medal in the women's 3,000 meters on Sunday, and she was ... 

  • Aksel Lund Svindal

    SOCHI SCENE: A crime of yogurt

    Downhill skier Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway has a confession to make — he swiped some yogurt. Quite a bit, actually. And no, he doesn't feel any ... 

  • Photos: Putin probably missed Olympic rings glitch

    It was the biggest glitch of the Olympics opening ceremony, and odds are Russia's president missed it. Photos taken by The Associated Press show that ... 

  • Varvashtyan Konstantinovna

    SOCHI SCENE: Olympic shopping

    The Olympic competition isn't just in the venues. It's pretty fierce at the Olympic superstore too. Located in the Olympic Park near Fisht Stadium, ... 

  • Gunman kills nun, parishioner in Russian cathedral

    A man employed as a private security guard opened fire Sunday in a cathedral on Russia's Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, killing a nun and a ... 

  • Shinzo Abe

    Tokyo pledges to bring women into 2020 committee

    Japanese organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they're looking to bring women into the fold. Tokyo has come under scrutiny for forming a mostly ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Big shot

    Ty Walker's biggest obstacle to running in the women's snowboard semifinals wasn't the gnarly course at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, but something ... 

  • Brash, ambitious mayor shakes up Italian politics

    He's a brash, kid-faced dynamo who is injecting fresh blood into Italy's sclerotic politics — and the left's great hope now that Silvio Berlusconi's ... 

  • Hamid Karzai

    SOCHI SCENE: Thoughtful Karzai

    Picture this scene: Friday night, just before the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, in what's called the "presidential lounge" of Fisht Stadium. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Luge family

    Armin Zoeggeler's storied Olympic luge career appears to be at an end. But his family may be represented on the sliding circuit for years to come. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Hannah's Heartbreaker

    Hannah Kearney toils in relative obscurity at women's moguls, where since the 2010 Olympics, she has positioned herself as the closest thing there is ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Bode flames out

    Bode Miller knew as soon as he crossed the finish line, and probably long before that. The American skier entered his fifth Olympics with high hopes. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Skiing, skating and ... cows?

    You're speeding up and down a highway in the foothills of the Caucasus, heading back to Olympic Park, when suddenly — SCREECH. The car slams to a halt 

  • Sochi Scene: 'Y-M-C-A'

    "Y.M.C.A," for many a gay anthem, was played at full blast by organizers over the public address system at the Adler Arena speedskating oval during ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: The long-term plan

    In broad terms, Sochi's current moment in the global spotlight during the Winter Olympics will be brief. But Russia hopes its grand plan for its most ... 

  • Kosovo university head resigns after protests

    Kosovo's top public university official has resigned from his post following days of clashes between police and protesters who accused him and other ... 

  • Bosnians sweep up after violent protests

    Bosnians swept up the rubble Saturday after protesters set fire to the presidency and other government buildings in the country's worst social unrest ... 

  • Cristina

    Spain princess testifies in historic fraud probe

    In a historic judicial hearing that could further impact the deteriorated image of Spain's monarchy, Princess Cristina testified Saturday in a fraud ... 

  • Mark McMorris, Staale Sandbech, Sage Kotsenbur

    SOCHI SCENE: Bubbly Bach

    Talk about a generation gap. The 60-year-old head of the IOC caught up Saturday night with the Olympic snowboard medalists — including one with his ... 

  • Yulia Lipnitskaya

    SOCHI SCENE: Cheering Julia

    How do you prepare a 15-year-old for the goosebumps that come when an entire country howls her name? The Russian figure skating coaches tried to tell ... 

  • Germany's Loch leads after 2 runs of Olympic luge

    On his second descent down the ice, Felix Loch vaulted himself into a familiar place: first. The defending Olympic gold medalist and Germany's latest ...