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World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

Jul. 16, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red —...

The wink, the slouch -- the non-verbal cues at the summit

Jul. 16, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his trademark macho posture converged with President Donald Trump and his classic power stance as the leaders met on the world stage in Finland. Seated in Helsinki's ornate Gothic Hall, Putin appeared to slouch in his chair and looked off to the side at...

WORLD CUP: Winners and losers of the tournament in Russia

Jul. 16, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Savor the thrills, unpredictability, and constant drama of this World Cup. Even FIFA accepts the soccer showpiece might never be so engrossing again. Russia might have staged the last 32-team World Cup. Or at least the last one not shoehorned in a crammed format at the end of the calendar...

No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax

Jul. 16, 2018 2:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — 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...

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...

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

Jul. 15, 2018 5:45 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...

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...

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...