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  • Vladimir Putin, Thomas Bach, Dmitry Kozak

    SOCHI SCENE: Bach jabs at Bush

    IOC President Thomas Bach took a shot at former President George Bush for breaking the traditional protocol at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter ... 

  • Pope Francis

    Pope to South Korea more likely, to honor martyrs

    A trip to South Korea this summer by Pope Francis appeared much more likely after the Vatican said Saturday that he has approved honoring as martyrs ... 

  • Japan: Peace treaty talks with Russia going fast

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says negotiations with Russia are accelerating toward a long-awaited peace treaty over four islands that both have ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Beijing, back for more

    Hosting the Olympics comes with so many pitfalls. An entire world arrives at your doorstep, lampoons the cultural traditions that make your home ... 

  • Russians rally to support independent TV station

    At least 20 people have been detained in Russia for protesting what they believe is overt political pressure on the country's main independent TV ... 

  • Viktor Yanukovych

    Putin meets Ukraine's Yanukovych in Sochi

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympic Games ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Call me, maybe

    Here's hoping Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev has unlimited texting on his phone. Sobolev competed in slopestyle qualifying on Thursday with his ... 

  • 13-year-old arrested for deadly arson in Germany

    German police say a 13-year-old boy has been arrested for setting fire to an asylum home in Hamburg that killed a woman from Pakistan and her two ... 

  • Opponents of Kiev protests gather at barricade

    Thousands of people angered by months of anti-government protests in the Ukrainian capital converged on one of the protesters' barricades Saturday, ... 

  • Sochi hijack attempt over Ukrainian prisoners

    A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to hijack a Turkey-bound commercial flight and divert it to Sochi on the day of the Winter Olympics' opening ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Board battle

    Women's hockey in the Winter Olympics is largely considered a two-country race between Canada and the United States. But that doesn't mean they're ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Judges need judging?

    American slopestyle snowboarder Chas Guldemond thinks it might be time for Olympic judges to go back to school. Guldemond missed the finals after ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: 'Ugly Americans'?

    The Ugly Americans are out in force at these Winter Games, and it has nothing to do with their behavior. Team USA made the rounds in the opening ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: 'Went for the 1-hander'

    Accustomed to racing down the side of a mountain with a ski pole in each hand, Alpine skiing star Aksel Lund Svindal was fired up about using only one ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: The first gold

    The first gold medal awarded at the 2014 Sochi Games ended up with three snowboarders on the top podium, hugging it out after grinding and spinning ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: YouTube star

    U.S. skater Jason Brown says it is "surreal" to be a YouTube star. Video of his skate at the U.S. championships in January that earned him a spot at ... 

  • IOC defends use of rehearsal footage in ceremony

    Olympic officials are defending the use of TV rehearsal footage to cover up a glitch in Sochi's opening ceremony and the choice of a final torchbearer ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Homemade track

    Tucker West's long slide to the Olympics began on a luge track his dad built in their backyard. Inspired by watching the sliding sport during the 2002 ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Bigger than life

    Kate Hansen is not lacking for Olympic personality. She's one of the younger sliders on the World Cup luge circuit, yet can talk just about anyone ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Lots of goodies

    U.S. figure skater Jason Brown just doubled his shoe collection. Luggage, too. The 19-year-old figure skater, a first-time Olympian, found it ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: 3 things from opening night

    Here are three things we learned from Friday night's opening ceremony of the Sochi Games. —The hammer and sickle still pack a punch. The symbols of ... 

  • Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

    Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into ... 

  • Attempt to hijack Turkish plane to Sochi foiled

    A Ukrainian man tried to hijack a Turkey-bound flight to Sochi, Russia, as the Winter Olympics were kicking off Friday, but the pilot tricked him and ... 

  • Greek, Turkish Cypriots to restart peace talks

    Efforts to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus will recommence next week after rival Greek and Turkish Cypriots ... 

  • Gay rights activists arrested in Russia

    Russian police on Friday arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter ...