Russia's Paralympic Committee president has argued that the ban on the team competing in Rio following the state doping scandal is unfair.Read the full story ›
All five people on board were killed in the deadliest single incident for the Russian military since its involvement in Syria's civil war.Read the full story ›
A Russian helicopter with five people on board has been shot down in Syria's Idlib province, officials said.
The Kremlin said the three crew members and two officers on board the Mi-8 military transport helicopter were dead.
Officials said the helicopter was shot down as it made its way back to base after delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said they died a "heroic death" as the helicopter had tried to veer away from inhabited areas to avoid civilian deaths.
He said that Moscow would continue fighting international terrorism "on all fronts" despite threats from Islamic State.
On Sunday, Islamic State posted a nine-minute video message on YouTube, calling on its members to carry out jihad in Russia.
An International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel of three will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Olympic Games.
The panel will review all decisions made by international federations, the IOC said Saturday.
Earlier this month the IOC set criteria for Russians to compete in Rio after the sporting world was rocked by revelations of state-backed doping in the country.
More than 250 Russian athletes have so far been cleared to compete in this year's games, which start next week.
Russia's weightlifting team has been banned from competing at the Rio Olympics next month.
Russia avoided a blanket ban on competing at the Games, which start on August 5, earlier this week revelations surrounding a doping scandal.
But the International Weightlifting Federation has now banned Russia from competing in its sport entirely, saying Russian competitors were named in a World Anti-Doping Agency report exposing evidence of state-backed cheating.
"The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians," the IWF said in a statement.
"Therefore an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport".
This is the first sport to impose an outright ban on Russia athletes competing in Brazil.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe has rejected the Russian government's call for the federation to reconsider its ban on dozens of Russian athletes from competing at the Rio Olympics.
Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko wrote to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) after the International Olympic Committee ruled it was up to individual sporting federations to decide if Russia's sportsmen and women should miss next month's Games because of the exposed state-sponsored doping scandal.
Lord Coe's reply said last month's ban of 67 Russian athletes, which followed their individual appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, will be upheld, adding: "There are no grounds for further review."
Five Russian sprint canoeists have been banned from the Olympic Games after being implicated in doping irregularities, the International Canoe Federation has announced.
The ICF ruled five sprint canoeists - Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaia, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov - ineligible to compete at the Games, but stopped short of issuing a federation-wide ban.
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The governing body of world swimming, FINA, has ruled that seven Russian athletes have been banned from the Rio Olympics for violating rules on doping, according to AP.
Former British Olympian Roger Black has said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are "passing the buck" by not banning Russia from Rio.
The 400m silver medallist told Good Morning Britain: "If there was ever an opportunity for the IOC to make a stance and say the future of the Olympics is a clean games, it was now.
"Russian athletes are already out in Rio with the less than two weeks to go before the Olympic Games and we don't know who is going to compete.
"What we're watching is an absolute mess and it's an opportunity completely missed."