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France sends medical aid to Syria after deal with Russia

France sent 50 tonnes of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria on Friday after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for future aid efforts, French officials said.

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Cartoon – Sabir Nazar

Cartoonist Sabir Nazar’s take on Trump-Putin Helsinki summit

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Under fire, Trump says he misspoke on Russia election meddling

US President Donald Trump said he accepted the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had meddled in the election

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Croatians hail returning World Cup squad

Hundreds of thousands of Croatians took to the streets on Monday to greet their players as they returned home from Russia after losing the World Cup final.

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Trump and Putin open historic summit

The summit would cover nuclear disarmament, said Trump, who has bridled at the rapid expansion and modernisation by Putin of Russia’s nuclear arsenal

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Croatia to play France in the FIFA World Cup 2018 final

The final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played between France and Croatia in Moscow.

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Belgium beat England 2-0 in World Cup third-place playoff

Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 victory over England in Saturday’s third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg. Meunier, who missed the semi-final loss to France due to suspension, scored after just four minutes before Hazard grabbed a late second as Belgium eclipsed the side…

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US indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

Twelve Russian intelligence officers were charged on Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment just three days before President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into Russian interference…

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Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final

It was no surprise that Croatia cavorted on the pitch in celebration with fans and family long after beating England in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night, but a wiser head might have ushered them quietly to ice bath and bed. It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy…

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Merkel fires back at Trump, says Germany makes ‘independent decisions’

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said Germany makes “independent decisions”, firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia. “I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being occupied by the Soviet Union,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, said as she arrived at…

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Russia pursues Jehovah’s Witnesses as ‘extremists’

Jehovah’s Witnesses are a Christian denomination that originated in the United States in the late 19th century

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Croatian president watches match with fans, congratulates team

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic flew to Russia on an economy ticket to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches. She took a seat with the fans and also congratulated her national side on the victory in the dressing room.

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Britain accuses Russia after first Novichok death

Britain’s defence minister said Monday that the death of a homeless British woman from exposure to the nerve agent Novichok was down to Russia. Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three, died on Sunday from contact with the same military-grade toxin that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in an attack that…

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Russia’s fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

The impassioned shouts of “Ros-si-ya” died away on the streets and tears filled the stadium as Russia bowed out of their home World Cup in the cruellest fashion: on penalties. The men in red exceeded the wildest expectations by coming within a penalty kick and a save against Croatia of making it into the semi-finals…

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Croatia end Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time on Saturday. Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable…

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England target World Cup semis after Belgium stun Brazil

England will bid to end their 28-year wait to reach a World Cup semi-final when they face Sweden on Saturday after Brazil were dumped out in the last eight by Belgium. Gareth Southgate’s young side face the Scandinavians in Samara with a place in the last four against either Croatia or hosts Russia up for…

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Lineup of FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter finals

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has entered the quarter final stage as eight teams remain in the competition. The first quarter final will be played between Uruguay and France while Brazil will take on Belgium. The two games will be played on July 6 at 7pm and 11pm respectively. England will play against Sweden while…

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How do the World Cup quarter-finalists compare?

Just eight teams remain from the 32 who started the World Cup in Russia.  AFP Sport looks how each side are placed ahead of the quarter-finals on Friday and Saturday. Uruguay v France (Friday, Nizhny Novgorod) Uruguay One of only two teams to win all four games so far, Uruguay boast one of the meanest…

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World Cup 2018: Shootout win is the perfect gift for these Russian newlyweds

Russian couple Yekaterina and Dmitry Vasilyev enjoyed a perfect wedding celebration on Sunday as they briefly halted their nuptials to watch the hosts defy the odds by beating Spain in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The couple, along with their family and friends, were huddled around a mobile phone as they…

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Russia parties as Spain shootout win keeps World Cup dream alive

Moscow erupted in street celebrations on Sunday as the World Cup hosts booked a place in the quarter-finals, defeating Spain on penalties at Russia’s flagship stadium. Russia had already defied expectations by reaching the World Cup last 16 for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but after victory over Spain, fans…

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Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter finals

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark here Sunday. On a night of late, late drama Ivan Rakitic stroked home the decisive spotkick to ensure the Croats advanced to a last eight meeting with Russia after the two sides finished locked…

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