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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...

AP-NORC Poll: Americans not hopeful about ties with allies

Jun. 21, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans feel U.S. relations have a better chance at improving in the year ahead with traditionally hostile nations such as North Korea and Russia than they do with allies such as Britain and Canada, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...

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...

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

Jun. 21, 2018 7:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there's no guarantee the trans-Atlantic alliance will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called for an international effort to shore up the military alliance, amid divisions between Europe...

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...

St. Petersburg's white nights light up fans' World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 6:50 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It was nearly midnight in St. Petersburg as fans headed back into the city from Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt, but the sky was still bright. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. It's impossible to...

Estonia says Russian government aircraft violated airspace

Jun. 21, 2018 6:43 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia says a Russian government aircraft has violated its airspace near the island of Vaindloo in the Gulf of Finland — the second such violation this year. The Baltic country's military says the Tupolev154M plane belonging to Russia's interior ministry spent about a minute...

Sweden with chance to take out another big name: Germany

Jun. 21, 2018 6:30 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Sweden outlasted the Netherlands to advance in World Cup qualifying. When the Swedes got to the European playoff round and a chance to reach Russia, they methodically eliminated past champion Italy over two games. At this point, why not knock out another high-profile team — and...

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...