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AP Interview: Croatian leader says Trump, Putin key to peace

Jul. 15, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Croatia's president hopes her American and Russian counterparts show "responsibility" and remember they are the guarantors of the whole world's stability when they hold their first summit Monday. In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic...

Column: At World Cup final, Mbappe, just 19, joins Pele

Jul. 15, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The ball skidded across the pristine Moscow pitch and time seemed to slow. This was Kylian Mbappe's moment, at just 19, to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup final. Did he hesitate? Did he wilt under the weight of hundreds of millions of eyes trained on TV screens...

Croatia fears World Cup chance may never come again

Jul. 15, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The rain hid Croatia's tears. After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country's red-and-white checkered uniform. Croatia knows Sunday's 4-2 loss to France in the World...

Russia on a high as World Cup wraps; Putin's problems remain

Jul. 15, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light, President Vladimir Putin will face some challenges in extending the post-soccer glow at home and abroad. Well-organized, festive and friendly, the World Cup has shown off a welcoming and modern Russia in...

Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

Jul. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards tackled the...

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

Jul. 15, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — 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...

Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

Jul. 15, 2018 5:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents. The government's push came after it had secured control of most of Daraa...

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

Jul. 15, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 12 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the tournament: PLENTY OF GOALS With just one scoreless draw in 64...

Russian bots, trolls test waters ahead of US midterms

Jul. 15, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The sponsors of the Russian "troll factory" that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the U.S. midterm election in November. A Russian oligarch has links to Maryland's election services. Russian bots and trolls are...

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

Jul. 15, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump named the European Union as a top adversary of the United States and denounced the news media as the "enemy of the people" before arriving in Helsinki on Sunday on the eve of his high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump and his top aides were downplaying...