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Moldovan court considers appeal from winner of voided ballot

Jun. 21, 2018 8:10 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A Moldovan court is examining an appeal submitted by a pro-European politician elected mayor of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, after it invalidated the ballot. The Appeals Court said late Wednesday that it voided the June 3 ballot because both candidates had addressed voters on...

The Latest: FIFA defends US ref over Morocco's shirt claim

Jun. 21, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:55 p.m. FIFA says it condemns claims by a Morocco player that American referee Mark Geiger asked for a player's shirt during Portugal's 1-0 win on Wednesday. Geiger denied the allegation to FIFA, which says the referee behaved in an...

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.   Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in...

Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia

Jun. 21, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. The Argentina great had a penalty kick saved during his team's tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. At 31, this could be Messi's last World Cup, and Thursday's match against Croatia is...

Kremlin: Trump's national security adviser set to visit

Jun. 21, 2018 6:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says that U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is to visit Russia. Asked to comment on an Interfax news agency report that John Bolton is due to visit Russia next week as part of preparations for a U.S.-Russian summit, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry...

Summer of Ovi: Cup celebrations, fatherhood await Ovechkin

Jun. 21, 2018 2:50 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin has already done a "keg stand" with the Stanley Cup, performed shirtless push-ups in a fountain full of teammates and lifted hockey's prestigious trophy so often in joy that it could be considered upper-body training. "That's my summer workout," Ovechkin said with a smile. The Summer of Ovi is just...

The Latest: UN awaiting formal US notice on quitting council

Jun. 20, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest on the U.S. decision to pull out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council (all times local): 1:40 a.m. The U.N. General Assembly says it's waiting for notification from the United States that it is withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, which is the first step toward the...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

Jun. 20, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:16 a.m. Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi over an ad...

Putin and UN leader Guterres show mutual respect in Moscow

Jun. 20, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The United Nations' secretary-general has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he regards Russia as "an irreplaceable element" in international diplomacy. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said while meeting with Putin on Wednesday in Moscow: "Of course, we consider Russia as one...

Russian players who could become hot transfer targets

Jun. 20, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's success at the World Cup has taken fans by surprise, especially because its players aren't well known outside of their home nation. Of the 23 players in the squad, 21 play in the Russian league, where a limit on foreign players drives up wages for locals and discourages them from...