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This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, that crashed in Hassana, north Sinai, Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. (Militant photo via AP)

IS releases photo of bomb it says downed Russian jetliner

CAIRO — The Islamic State group on Wednesday released a photo of…

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, that crashed in Hassana, north Sinai, Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. (Militant photo via AP)
Russian tourists wearing t-shirts with images of Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo in the departure terminal before boarding a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt.  (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)

Kremlin: Russian ban on flights to Egypt will last months

MOSCOW — As tens of thousands of Russian tourists hastily leave Egypt's…

Russian tourists wearing t-shirts with images of Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo in the departure terminal before boarding a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt.  (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)
Canadian Richard Pound, Chairman of WADA's (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission (IC), presents the findings of his Commission's Report surrounding allegations of doping in sport, during a press conference, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Russia slammed in doping report, faces possible Olympic ban

GENEVA — Russia's status as a sports superpower and its participation in…

Canadian Richard Pound, Chairman of WADA's (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission (IC), presents the findings of his Commission's Report surrounding allegations of doping in sport, during a press conference, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)

IS bomb on Russia plane would herald new phase in conflict

BEIRUT — At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports…

The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)
Local people come to pay their last respect to young family of Alexei Gromov, 27, his wife Tatyana, 26, and their ten-month-old daughter Darina, who was the youngest passenger in Russia's deadliest plane crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Elena Ignatyeva)

Bomb may have downed Russian jet, US, UK officials say

LONDON — British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting…

Local people come to pay their last respect to young family of Alexei Gromov, 27, his wife Tatyana, 26, and their ten-month-old daughter Darina, who was the youngest passenger in Russia's deadliest plane crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Elena Ignatyeva)
A picture of plane crash victims and a soft toy lie in memory to victims of a Metrojet plane crashed in Egypt at Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Monday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Mystery, confusion surround Russian plane crash in Egypt

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Mystery and confusion surrounded the final moments of…

A picture of plane crash victims and a soft toy lie in memory to victims of a Metrojet plane crashed in Egypt at Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Monday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
People light candles during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Official: Russian jet broke up at high altitude over Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The Russian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff…

People light candles during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)

At heart of Syria talks, what to do about Assad

VIENNA — The success or failure of the Syrian peace talks this…

Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria.  (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Russia pounds Syrian rebels, then reaches out to opposition

BEIRUT — When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country was…

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria.  (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)
This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Syria’s Assad said to favor vote, but only after victory

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad is willing to run in an…

This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Assad-Putin meeting signals push to end Syria crisis

MOSCOW — Bashar Assad's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin could signal that…

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

Russia, US sign deal to minimize risks in Syrian skies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Russia put into practice on Tuesday new…

A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)
A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria.  (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace

ANKARA, Turkey — In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow's…

A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria.  (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)
In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday.   (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia defends its military action in Syria

MOSCOW — As Russian warplanes carried out a second wave of airstrikes…

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday.   (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)
United States Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with United States Ambassador Samantha Power during the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (Kevin Hagen/AP)

Russia urges coordinated terrorism fight as airstrikes begin

UNITED NATIONS — Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with…

United States Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with United States Ambassador Samantha Power during the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (Kevin Hagen/AP)
In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)

Analysis: Russia gambles in Syria, ramping up involvement

BEIRUT — In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war,…

In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)
J.C. Smith appears at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco this week. (Courtesy photo)

Blues man J.C. Smith makes home stop for CD release

Fresh from world travels, award-winning South Bay blues man J.C. Smith appears…

J.C. Smith appears at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco this week. (Courtesy photo)
AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this photo taken May 6

US might deploy missiles in Europe to counter Russia

The Obama administration is weighing a range of aggressive responses to Russia's…

AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this photo taken May 6
Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via APU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Scant progress evident as Kerry meets Russia's Putin

Despite a cordial atmosphere, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings Tuesday…

Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via APU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
AP Photo/FileIn this undated file photo a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display at an undisclosed location in Russia. The Kremlin says Russia has lifted its ban on the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran. Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007

Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran

President Vladimir Putin on Monday sanctioned the delivery of a highly capable…

AP Photo/FileIn this undated file photo a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display at an undisclosed location in Russia. The Kremlin says Russia has lifted its ban on the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran. Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007