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MOSCOW | Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

MOSCOW — Russian media saw Monday’s highly anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump as a heartening step forward, with the Kremlin leader as the more prominent figure. After their joint news conference in Helsinki, Russia media also took some swipes at U.S. journalists for focusing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

MOSCOW | Deschamps joins Zagallo, Beckenbauer as champ player, coach

MOSCOW — Didier Deschamps walked into the interview room in the bowels of Luzhniki Stadium and prepared to answer questions for the first time as coach of a World Cup champion. A noise to his right caused him to turn, and his players rushed in. A bare-chested Benjamin Mendy jumped onto the table in front … Continue reading MOSCOW | Deschamps joins Zagallo, Beckenbauer as champ player, coach

MOSCOW | Vive le France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW — Antoine Griezmann‘s father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward’s mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba’s parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe’s dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Vive le France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW | Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

MOSCOW — Taking turns sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France’s players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour that soaked Russian President Vladimir Putin, was going to stop the party. It carried … Continue reading MOSCOW | Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

MOSCOW | No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax

MOSCOW — Kylian Mbappe high-fived a political protester who invaded the field during the World Cup final. French President Emmanuel Macron leapt out of his seat in a VVIP area that included a leader charged with genocide. And Vladimir Putin was drenched in a sudden downpour as the trophy was handed over to the victorious … Continue reading MOSCOW | No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax

MOSCOW | The Latest: Embankment near stadium in Volgograd gives way

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): ___ 1:15 a.m. Some of Russia‘s World Cup legacy is already falling down. A large earth embankment separating the World Cup stadium in Volgograd from the Volga River gave way, sending tons of dirt sliding into a road on the day the … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Embankment near stadium in Volgograd gives way

MOSCOW | French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

MOSCOW — In a stadium packed with presidents watching the World Cup final, no one had as much fun as Emmanuel Macron. The French head of state joined his country’s victorious players in the locker room after they beat Croatia 4-2. He jostled with midfielder Paul Pogba while being filmed for Snapchat. And he posed … Continue reading MOSCOW | French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

MOSCOW | The Latest: Sampaoli out as Argentina coach

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:24 a.m. Jorge Sampaoli is out as Argentina coach, two weeks after his team was beaten by France in the World Cup round of 16. The Argentina soccer federation says it reached a “mutual agreement” to terminate his contract. Sampaoli took over … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Sampaoli out as Argentina coach