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Russian pilgrims mark 100th anniversary of czar's execution

Jul. 17, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian pilgrims have walked in a procession marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family. Russia's last czar, his wife and five children were executed by Bolshevik soldiers in the city of Yekaterinburg 18 months after Nicholas abdicated in...

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...

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

Jul. 14, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope. The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 on Saturday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European...

AP PHOTOS: Belgium, England put on one last World Cup show

Jul. 14, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The consolation game, the bronze-medal match, the half-hearted fight for third place. Playing the World Cup's penultimate and least popular contest Saturday in St. Petersburg, England and Belgium could have packed it in. Instead, it turned into a valedictory of sorts for some...

The Latest: Martinez praises Belgians for style, substance

Jul. 14, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 9 p.m. Roberto Martinez believes his Belgium lineup deserves high praise for its third-place finish at the World Cup. Belgium beat England 2-0 in the third-place playoff on Saturday at St. Petersburg, surpassing the country's previous...

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead at the World Cup

Jul. 13, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup, which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia. KEEP KICKING AND CARRY ON Gareth Southgate and Roberto...

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...

Still smarting from France loss, Belgium looks toward Euros

Jul. 11, 2018 10:47 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — With the sting of another World Cup disappointment still fresh and an obligatory match remaining, Belgium is already weighing how much it will have to remake its roster to finally win a major title. France's 1-0 semifinal defeat of the Red Devils could be the last World Cup...

Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

Jul. 10, 2018 6:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars. The one thing missing for this French squad is an international title. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and France are about to get that chance. Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final. Samuel Umtiti...

Belgium's golden generation falls short again at World Cup

Jul. 10, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament. Again. With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in fantastic form creating chances for themselves and Romelu Lukaku up front, Vincent Kompany fit again at the heart of the defense and Thibaut Courtois standing...