Europe

  • Haavard Vad Petersson, Christoffer Svae, Torger Nergaard

    SOCHI SCENE: Norwegian threads

    Four years on from the Vancouver Olympics, Norway's men's curlers haven't lost their taste for fashion. The Norwegians were the talk of the 2010 Games ... 

  • China slams Spanish court warrants for ex-leaders

    Beijing has criticized a Spanish court for issuing arrest warrants for former Chinese leaders and hinted that such a move could hurt bilateral ... 

  • Marie-Philip Poulin, Jessica Lutz

    SOCHI SCENE: Adjusting expectations

    The Olympics are the athletic pinnacle. The athletes who arrived in Sochi for the Winter Games got here thanks in large part due to an innate will to ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Love those spills

    Like rubber-necking motorists who crawl past a car wreck, television viewers seem to be intrigued by young Olympians falling down in the snow. 

  • Sochi Games have sold nearly 925K tickets

    Organizers say that 924,802 tickets have been sold so far for the Sochi Games. Officials for the Sochi Organizing Committee announced ticket figures ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Mind the snow!

    "Attention, Olympic snow!" Now that's an eye-catching sign. Sochi Games organizers planted this one beside an absolutely immaculate patch of snow, ... 

  • Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria

    Russia is blocking Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the ... 

  • 1 Year ago, Benedict's announcement changed church

    It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunder-clap on the Catholic world: A year ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI said in a ... 

  • Martin Lidegaard, Carl Bildt

    EU urges new government, elections in Ukraine

    In a sharp rebuke to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the European Union on Monday called for the formation of a new, inclusive government and ... 

  • Bosnia: Angry protesters want new govt of experts

    Thousands protested in a dozen Bosnian cities Monday to demand that politicians be replaced by non-partisan experts who can better address the nearly ... 

  • Hoefl-Riesch wins 2nd gold in super-combined

    Different American, same result for Maria Hoefl-Riesch — another Olympic gold in the super-combined. Just as she did four years ago at the Vancouver ... 

  • AP PHOTOS: Skating spectators strut their stuff

    A skating spectator sports glasses in the colors of the Russian flag as Canadian fans pose in maple leaf face paint at the men's 500-meter ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Ascending the torch

    For those with a fear of heights, it's the Olympic job from hell: clambering up the giant cauldron to carry out maintenance work on the blazing ... 

  • Dale Begg-Smith

    SOCHI SCENE: Retirement 2.0 for Begg-Smith

    Dale Begg-Smith means it this time. He's done. The two-time Olympic medalist in men's moguls says he's putting his skis up for good after failing to ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Huh? Que? Was?

    It's like the United Nations, Olympic-style. Volunteer interpreters scrambling to communicate while transcribing quotes for the Olympic News Service. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: No, Johnny, no!

    First a bathroom. Now an elevator. U.S. Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn keeps getting stuck. Quinn, who famously busted his way out of a locked ... 

  • Greek anti-terrorist police raid nets weapons

    Greek anti-terrorist police raided apartments in the Athens area on Monday, seizing weapons and explosives believed to be linked to a Turkish group ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Quick quote: Niccum

    "(The) good thing about doubles is that when you have a bad run, it's always the other guy's fault." — U.S. luger Christian Niccum of Woodinville, ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Loud and clear

    Russian skier Elena Yakovishina wears hearing aids in both ears, allowing her to enjoy the roar of the adoring hometown crowd at the bottom of the ... 

  • Sochi faces issue of empty seats, atmosphere

    It's an issue that comes up in the early days of almost every Olympics: What to do about those empty seats and lack of buzz? It's the case again in ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Brand police

    It's hard to find fruit on the menu in Sochi's Olympic Park — and Apples are definitely not welcome. Olympic workers are swooping on reporters sitting ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Toe pick

    All it took for Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands to go from medal contender to out at the men's 500-meter speedskating final: three steps. 

  • Meghan Duggan, Monique Lamoureux, Josephine Pucci

    SOCHI SCENE: 55 seconds

    In the 55 seconds it took Americans Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel to score three goals against Switzerland, you can: —Warm up ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Warming up

    When ski jumpers have to skip practice because of soft snow, then you see Al Roker and a (different) guy wearing shorts in the span of a walk around ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Spoice it up

    Spoice (SPOYss), noun. 1. An exclamation of gratitude toward life (Urban Dictionary). While looking at the breathtaking view of the slopestyle course ...