Europe

  • 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 ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: 'Chilling really hard'

    The night before the biggest run of his life, American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg didn't paint a picture of the intense athlete quietly smoldering ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: International Flavor

    The new team event has added a heaping dose of national pride to figure skating. In this sport, though, athletes and coaches are always crossing ... 

  • Niklas Edin

    SOCHI SCENE: Edin's Temper

    If you see a broom flying across the ice or hear of string of swear words turning the air blue during the Olympic curling tournament, Niklas Edin will ... 

  • 11 killed, 5 injured in 2 Albania car accidents

    Albanian police say 11 people died in two separate accidents in different parts of the country. Six people died when a speeding minivan carrying 11 ... 

  • AP PHOTOS: Sochi kicks off with big wins

    The first day of medal competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics kicked off with some record-breaking wins. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands led a clean ... 

  • Boulder smashes French Alps tourist train; 2 dead

    An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Shining Diggins

    Even before the race, cross-country skier Jessica Diggins knew she was going to shine in the opening event of her first Olympics. Like her American ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: From ski racing to revving engines

    American skier Jacqueline Wiles simply enjoys the feel of "the wind in my face." No wonder her two passions are racing and riding her motorcycle.