Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

PARIS (AP) -- French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election. Officials from her National Front party said she is traveling Friday, on the heels of a trip this week by Le Pen to Chad as she bolsters her international credentials for the two-round vote on April 23 and May 7.

Ukraine bans Russia's entry to Eurovision song contest

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Eurovision song contest, nominally an apolitical festival of pop music confections and cheerfully tacky costumes, erupted into a political dispute Wednesday after Ukraine banned Russia's contestant from entering the country. Yulia Samoylova, who was to represent Russia in the May 11-13 contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, was banned by Ukraine's security service because she had toured in Crimea after Russia's 2014 annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

Montenegro at crossroads: toward the West, or back to Russia

BAR, Montenegro (AP) -- Aspiring NATO member Montenegro is hardly a formidable military force -- the tiny country's four military jets are up for sale and its two operational warships hardly ever leave their home port. With its 2,000-strong army, the scenic country -- squeezed between towering mountains and the Adriatic Sea -- would hardly boost the West's defense in any confrontation with Russia.

Russia says 3 disqualified from 2012 Olympics for doping

MOSCOW (AP) -- Three Russian athletes have been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests, the country's track federation said. Hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich were all disqualified. None of them were medalists. The disqualifications of Bespalova and Khanafeeva mean all three Russian women who competed in the hammer throw in 2012 have tested positive for doping.

Closer US-Russia ties uncertain as Tillerson plans trip

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Russia-tinged investigations swirling around his administration, President Donald Trump has yet to fulfill a campaign pledge of closer cooperation with Moscow. A planned trip by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Russia could test if detente proves anything more than talk. In a move alarming U.S. allies, Tillerson plans to skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Belgium next month, according to U.S. officials.

Closer US-Russia ties uncertain as Tillerson plans trip

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Russia-tinged investigations swirling around his administration, President Donald Trump has yet to fulfill a campaign pledge of closer cooperation with Moscow. A planned trip by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Russia could test if detente proves anything more than talk. In a move alarming U.S. allies, Tillerson plans to skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Belgium next month, according to U.S. officials.

Ukraine lawmaker: Manafort tried to hide $750,000 payment

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian lawmaker on Tuesday released a document that he said links Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to attempts to hide a $750,000 payment from a pro-Russia political party -- a claim strongly denied by Manafort's spokesman. Lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko published a 2009 invoice purportedly signed by Manafort that shows a $750,000 payment for 501 computers to a company called Davis Manafort.

Analysis: Trump collides with reality on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as "fake news," FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. And Adm.

Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as "fake news," FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper. And Adm.

Russian opposition leader Navalny is doused in green liquid

MOSCOW (AP) -- Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was doused in bright green antiseptic by an unknown assailant Monday on a campaign trip to Siberia, and quickly sought to make the best of it on his blog. Navalny, speaking on his video blog from the Siberian city of Barnaul, said his colleagues likened him to the film characters Shrek, the Hulk and the lead character from the movie "The Mask," among others.

Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats.

Russia says US missile systems a risk to regional security

TOKYO (AP) -- Russia views U.S. missile defense systems being deployed in northeast Asia as a threat to regional security, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks Monday with Japanese officials in Tokyo. Strategic concerns, both in northeast Asia and elsewhere, including Syria and Ukraine, were among a wide range of regional and global issues addressed in the one-day talks among foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia.

Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute

TOKYO (AP) -- The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday, with both sides expressing hope that discussions on joint development of islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dispute preventing them from forging a peace treaty. The talks are the first "two-plus-two" meeting since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, but the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

Former dairy farmer leads Trump-Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm. Now the Republican from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in recent memory.

Lamborghinis and icons: New and old mix for Moscow visitor

MOSCOW (AP) -- Leonid Brezhnev had a taste for fast, flashy Western cars. So perhaps it's fitting that Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls-Royce dealerships have opened near the Moscow apartment building where the Soviet leader once lived. For a correspondent back in Moscow for the first extended time since 1993, these symbols of luxury are particularly jarring.

Documents detail Flynn payments from Russian interests

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid more than $67,000 by Russian companies before the presidential election, according to documents released by a Democratic congressman. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked the Trump administration to provide a comprehensive record of Flynn's contacts with foreign governments and interests.

Documents detail Flynn payments from Russian interests

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid more than $67,000 by Russian companies before the presidential election, according to documents released Thursday by a Democratic congressman. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked the Trump administration to provide a comprehensive record of Flynn's contacts with foreign governments and interests.