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More than 250,000 welcome Croatia home after World Cup final

Jul. 16, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the national team on Monday despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. Hundreds of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white checkered colors and...

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

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...

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...

French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — 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....

Croatia president celebrates World Cup win at NATO summit

Jul. 12, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It has been a successful NATO summit for Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The World Cup took care of that. With a come-from-behind 2-1 win over favored England, Grabar-Kitarovic could eat her NATO gala dinner with that bit more gusto late Wednesday. "We followed the game over...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

Convicted Croatia team official keeps World Cup VIP status

Jul. 11, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Croatian soccer official will be allowed to watch the team's World Cup semifinal match from a VIP section on Wednesday despite being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of captain Luka Modric. When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the...

Croatia official allowed to watch semis despite conviction

Jul. 11, 2018 7:52 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA is letting a top Croatian soccer official watch the team's World Cup semifinal against England from a VIP section on Wednesday despite him being convicted last month in a corruption case linked to the transfer of Luka Modric. When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the...

Albanian fan wanted for sparking soccer match violence freed

Jul. 10, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian citizen who was wanted on criminal charges in Serbia after he took credit for a drone that flew a nationalist banner over a soccer stadium and prompted fan violence said Tuesday that he has been released from prison. Ismail Morina, aka Ballisti, was arrested in Croatia...