Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, ended months of speculation by announcing Wednesday that he would seek his…

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed. It changes the definition of

IOC to allow Russians to compete as neutrals at Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals despite orchestrated doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday. The IOC suspended the Russian Olympic committee and IOC member Alexander Zhukov, and also banned Russian Deputy Prime

13 dead, 2 missing after boat capsizes in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - At least 13 people were dead and two missing on Sunday after a South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel and capsized, the coast guard said. An official from the Korea Coast Guard said seven people were rescued and the two missing included the boat's captain. He said 22 people were aboard the 9.8-ton

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