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The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

Jun. 13, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup , including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 9:23 p.m. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing tournament rookies Iceland. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the...

World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia's environment

Jun. 12, 2018 8:36 AM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — October Island was considered to some "a little corner of heaven" in the Russian city of Kaliningrad. Then a World Cup stadium was built on the island. Russia claims its World Cup stadiums meet the highest environmental standards, yet some have been built on top of ecologically...

Putin-led Russian World Cup vote win investigated 8 years on

Jun. 10, 2018 1:16 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Speaking in English with a beaming smile, Vladimir Putin put his seal on Russia's World Cup hosting vote victory that eight years later is still under criminal investigation. "From bottom of my heart, thank you," Putin said , a comment directed at now-discredited FIFA executive committee...

Russia's doping capital gears up for World Cup

May. 21, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Nestled on the edge of the forest outside the Russian city of Saransk is the home of one of the most successful doping programs in history. Athletes from the V.M. Chegin Olympic Training Center dominated race-walking for over a decade, winning nine Olympic and 18 world championship...

Putin approves new Cabinet that sees key figures remain

May. 18, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin reshuffled his Cabinet Friday, replacing some longtime members while keeping key figures in place. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev presented the candidates for ministerial posts at a meeting with Putin in Sochi, and the president approved his proposals....

Lawyers for Russian player say FIFA ends anti-doping case

Apr. 20, 2018 10:47 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Lawyers for Russia defender Ruslan Kambolov have said FIFA closed an investigation into suspected doping, eight weeks before the World Cup begins. FIFA terminated the case because of a "lack of evidence of such violations," Moscow-based law firm Sila said in a statement on its website. FIFA...