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July 27, 2018 4:24 PM Trump is open to visiting Moscow if Putin formally invites him

Putin said Friday, “I understand very well what President Trump said: He has the wish to conduct further meetings. I am ready for this.” “We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow,” Putin said, according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti. “By the way, he has such an invitation, I told him of this.” He did not clarify if that was a face-to-face 9

July 22, 2018 12:58 AM First she was accused of being a ‘sex spy’ for Russia. Now she faces a new battle to stay in Canada

Elena Crenna and her Canadian husband were thrilled when a federal tribunal ruled she was not a “sex spy” for Russia and should be cleared for permanent residency in Canada. “We were relieved that sanity finally prevailed. We were jubilant,” Crenna said of the immigration tribunal’s decision in May. “We even went on a trip to visit my son in the States 12

July 7, 2018 9:02 PM Qataris considering a 48-team option for 2022 World Cup

MOSCOW—Qatari organizers of the 2022 World Cup say they’re open to talks about a 48-team tournament, and can see a format to host it alone. FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s wish to add 16 extra teams in 2022 was seen as pushing Qatar toward letting neighbouring states into a co-hosting plan. In Moscow last month, pressure on Qatar was eased when the Infantino-chaired 10

June 27, 2018 12:11 PM Time and place for Putin-Trump summit set, Kremlin adviser says

MOSCOW — A foreign affairs adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow and Washington have agreed on the date and location for a summit of Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. Presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov made the announcement after a meeting in Moscow between Putin and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton. The time, venue 9

June 22, 2018 10:40 PM Switzerland scorers Xhaka, Shaqiri make Albanian nationalist gesture during win against Serbia

Serbia’s players did not react to the eagle gestures at Kaliningrad Stadium. “I don’t have any comments,” Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. “I don’t deal with these things. I am a man of sports, and this is what I’m going to stay being.” In the tournament’s first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through 17

June 19, 2018 6:03 PM Open-net goal lifts Senegal to a win over Poland at the World Cup

Senegal President Macky Sall was in the stands to watch his nation’s first World Cup match since 2002, when the team reached the quarter-finals before losing to Turkey. Poland returned for the first time since 2006. Poland fans in red and white were about three-quarters of the crowd, and they chanted and clapped throughout. Lewandowski topped the Bundesliga 15

June 16, 2018 4:41 PM Iceland’s draw against Argentina in World Cup debut feels more like victory

Tiny Iceland’s tenacious defence frustrated mighty Argentina and earned a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Saturday that will be celebrated much more vigorously in Reykjavik than in Buenos Aires. Iceland, playing in its first World Cup, fell behind in the 19th minute on a beautiful goal by Sergio Aguero, his first at a Cup. But just five minutes later, Iceland 20

June 14, 2018 8:00 AM As World Cup kicks off, Russia looks to show the West it's not isolated

Inside Vladimir Putin's latest attempt to rebrand Russia With Moscow's historic squares, pedestrian malls — and, starting today, soccer stadiums — filling up with foreign tourists, President Vladimir Putin's latest rebranding exercise for Russia is well underway. The first game of the World Cup kicks off at 6 p.m. local time in the refurbished and freshly 137

June 13, 2018 11:12 PM Accountant from St. Catharines a World Cup referee

The World Cup is a favourite tournament for Fletcher, who called his experience in Brazil “incredible.” “I got an absolute appreciation for how much the world stops for soccer when that tournament is on,” he said. “Because news and stuff comes in from every part of the globe. Different to any other tournament I ever go to, the World Cup’s the one where 15

June 7, 2018 10:14 PM Canadian soccer official makes final stop on tour to promote North America World Cup bid

Peter Montopoli, Canada’s point man on the so-called unified bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has one more stop to make before flying to Moscow on Saturday for next week’s FIFA Congress. Gibraltar covers 6.5 square kilometres with a population of some 30,000. Its soccer team is ranked 195th in the world by FIFA. Montopoli’s visit is further proof that the unified 12