Defending champions Germany arrive in Russia for World Cup

Defending champions Germany arrive in Russia for World Cup

Germany landed in Moscow on Tuesday (Jun 12) to attempt to successfully defend their World Cup title and hoping to leave the political controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan behind them.
World Cup restrictions weigh heavy on ordinary Russians

World Cup restrictions weigh heavy on ordinary Russians

Keen to prevent a repeat of ugly scenes from previous tournaments, authorities in Russia have imposed draconian measures during the World Cup, cracking down on everything from alcohol to kebabs.
Russian officials admit to 'systemic doping scheme'

Russian officials admit to 'systemic doping scheme'

Senior Russian sports officials have admitted to "some unacceptable manipulations of the anti-doping system" and the existence of a "systemic doping scheme" in a letter to international sports leaders.
Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

The threat of terror has been a prime concern for organisers of the Jun 14 to Jul 15 football showpiece.
EU urges relaunch of Syria talks after strikes

EU urges relaunch of Syria talks after strikes

EU foreign ministers on Monday (Apr 16) backed "all efforts" to stop Syria using chemical weapons, after weekend strikes by Britain, France and the US, but called for renewed efforts to find a political solution to the seven-year war.
Trump demands prosecution of ex-FBI chief Comey

Trump demands prosecution of ex-FBI chief Comey

US President Donald Trump called for the prosecution of former FBI chief James Comey on Friday (Apr 13), unleashing a vitriolic response to the lawman's tell-all memoir.
Russian court rules to block Telegram messaging app

Russian court rules to block Telegram messaging app

A Moscow court on Friday ruled to block the popular messaging app Telegram in Russia, after it refused to give state security services access to private conversations, an AFP reporter at the court said.
No decision yet from Trump on Syria response

No decision yet from Trump on Syria response

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would continue to assess intelligence and engage with allies.
Trump warns Russia missiles 'coming' after Syria attack

Trump warns Russia missiles 'coming' after Syria attack

Trump is believed to be considering standoff missile strikes against facilities related to the production and delivery of chlorine and sarin or sarin-like agents.
Putin urges 'common sense' as global watchdog meets on spy poisoning

Putin urges 'common sense' as global watchdog meets on spy poisoning

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (Apr 4) urged "common sense" to prevail in the spy poisoning crisis as London and Moscow faced off in a tense meeting at the world's chemical weapons watchdog.
Plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled from US lands in Moscow

Plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled from US lands in Moscow

The first plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled from the United States over the poisoning of a former spy arrived at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Sunday.
Spy expulsions a setback for Trump-Putin courtship

Spy expulsions a setback for Trump-Putin courtship

Donald Trump has ordered an unprecedented expulsion of Russian officials and warned the Kremlin needs to change, a setback for his courtship of Vladimir Putin, but perhaps not its end.
EU Russia envoy holds crisis talks over spy poisoning

EU Russia envoy holds crisis talks over spy poisoning

The EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini held crisis talks with the bloc's ambassador to Moscow on Sunday (Mar 25) after he was recalled over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England.
Moscow blames UK as EU nations mull expelling Russian diplomats

Moscow blames UK as EU nations mull expelling Russian diplomats

Russia on Friday (Mar 23) accused Britain of trying to force its allies to take "confrontational steps" after EU member states decided to recall the bloc's envoy from Moscow and mulled further diplomatic action over a nerve attack row.
British PM seeks EU backing on spy attack

British PM seeks EU backing on spy attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Thursday (Dec 22) seek to unite EU leaders in condemnation of Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian spy, but she faces resistance from states keen to protect their Kremlin ties.
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