Pussy Riot members attacked, injured

Two members of the Moscow-based Pussy Riots band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were seriously assaulted at a fast food outlet by local youths in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.

Pussy Riot members released after arrest in Sochi

Russian police on Tuesday detained the two most famous Pussy Riot members in Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, questioning the pair for several hours in a theft case.

Ban lead shot in Olympics to save wildlife, water: Study

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must ban the use of lead shot used in the biathlon shooting events to prevent wildlife poisoning and health threats to surface and groundwater, says a paper.

Islamist group calls for prayers for earthquake in Sochi

A militant Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting "Russian infidels".

US would not spend $50 billion on Olympics: Barack Obama

President Barack Obama said that the United States would not need to match the huge USD 50 billion shelled out by Russia if it wanted to host another Olympic Games.

New York concert defies Putin on eve of Sochi Olympics

Feted by Madonna and cheered by thousands, Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot defied President Vladimir Putin on the eve of the Sochi Olympics at a star-studded New York concert.

Sochi Olympics: Ban speaks out for gays, US warns on security

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for end to attacks and discrimination against gays on eve of official opening of the Sochi Olympics, as the United States warned of toothpaste bombs on flights to Russia.

Sochi Olympics: US warns of toothpaste bombs on Russia flights

US government warned American and foreign airlines on Wednesday that terrorists could try to place explosives disguised as toothpaste on Russia-bound flights.

Look beyond Olympic hype, says Pussy Riot of Russia

Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot took their campaign against Vladimir Putin`s civil liberties crackdown to New York, where they are to tread the same stage as Madonna.

Japan PM to attend Sochi Olympics, meet Putin

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics before holding his fifth summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an official said on Tuesday.

Suicide bomber called biggest Sochi Olympics risk

While Sochi`s Olympic venues are now among the most tightly guarded facilities in the world, the rest of this sprawling Black Sea resort looks more vulnerable.

US-Russia tensions flare over Winter Olympics security

Analysts say the former Cold War rivals are unlikely to risk a full-blown confrontation over security in Sochi, the first Olympics held on Russian soil since the US-boycotted 1980 Moscow Games.

White House fails to back Russian Olympics security

The White House stopped short of expressing full confidence in Russia`s Olympics security operation today following a call between presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

Hungarians say Sochi Olympic terrorist threat "not real"

The Hungarian Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that a letter threatening the country`s athletes with a terrorist attack at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi was analysed and declared non-threatening.

US ready to support Russia for Sochi Olympics security

The US said its military stands ready to offer full support to Russia in its security preparations for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

Russian Islamic video threatens Sochi Olympics

An Islamic militant group in Russia`s North Caucasus claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Sochi Olympics, a chance to view new Russia: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the Sochi Olympics will offer a chance to the world to see a new Russia.

Russia on alert after suicide bombings kill 31

At least 14 people were killed Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed trolleybus in Volgograd, raising new concerns about security at the Sochi Olympics a day after a deadly attack on the southern Russian city`s train station.