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The Latest: England players won over by Argentine tea

Jun. 23, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 8:27 p.m. The traditional Argentina tea 'mate' is rivalling good old English tea for popularity among England's World Cup squad. England coach Gareth Southgate says a number of his players are partaking in a cup of mate (mah-TAY) in...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

Jun. 23, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface. Criticism was swift on social media, but...

Iran-Portugal group finale has high stakes, juicy subplots

Jun. 23, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — If Iran can be the first team to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring at this year's World Cup, the result could be historically significant. A final score favorable enough to move Iran into the knockout round for the first time also would carry considerable personal meaning for the...

Debate over migrants divides EU; Mini-summit seeks solutions

Jun. 23, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With another migrant rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean and both Italy and Malta again refusing to let it dock, European Union leaders will try to find common ground for tackling a growing political crisis that is threatening to undermine the entire EU. The leaders of about 16...

Belgium looks best yet at World Cup in 5-2 rout of Tunisia

Jun. 23, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belgium seems to be getting better and better — maybe even the best yet at the World Cup. It's still early, but a hugely talented Belgian squad made a big statement on Saturday in its 5-2 rout of Tunisia. No team has scored more goals than Belgium's eight, and only Cristiano Ronaldo...

Tunisia's defeat caps a miserable World Cup for Arab nations

Jun. 23, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Arab nations came to the World Cup with high hopes but they've been dashed. With four Arab teams in the tournament — the most ever — and one of the game's biggest stars in Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, some sensed this could be Arab football's breakthrough year. So far, Arab...

The Latest: Macron wants asylum centers to hold migrants

Jun. 23, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration issues in Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says that France and Spain want arriving migrants in Europe to be quickly placed in "closed centers" so authorities can decide whether they're eligible to apply for asylum. Macron spoke...

Chechnya leader grants Salah honorary citizenship

Jun. 23, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has granted honorary citizenship to striker Mohamed Salah at a banquet held to say goodbye to Egypt's World Cup squad. The Pharaohs, as the Egyptian squad is known, adopted the Russian region's capital, Grozny, as their base for the tournament, a...

Kickoff: Tiny Panama stands in way of England advancing

Jun. 23, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For an England team that came to the World Cup with reduced expectations, things are setting up nicely. The younger, friendlier squad — a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding — began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's...

Egypt-Saudi spat provides backdrop to their World Cup clash

Jun. 23, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — In theory, it's an inconsequential match between two teams already eliminated from the World Cup. In reality, Monday's clash between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is about pride, politics and maybe some score settling too. Fans in the two nations are locked in a public quarrel pitting...