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Russia agrees US should attend Syria talks as ceasefire tested

Russia agrees US should attend Syria talks as ceasefire tested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Russia agrees US should attend Syria talks as ceasefire tested

Russia agrees US should attend Syria talks as ceasefire tested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

US, Mexico could team up and meet FIFA's World Cup need

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer   ZURICH (AP) — The United States and Mexico could team up and meet FIFA's need for the biggest-ever World Cup in 2026 being staged by the most host nations. Canada has also joined the North American neighbors for informal talks about a three-way bid in a contest that FIFA will complete during American President-elect Donald Trump's first term, according to persons familiar with the talks. They spoke on grounds of anonymity because the talks are confidential. FIFA's decision Tuesday to expand the 2026 tournament — to 48 teams from 32, playing 80 games instead of 64 — increased the chances of co-hosting to share the load. 'In some regions not only does it make more sense, it's the only sense,' said FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani, who leads the Canadian soccer federation. 'I think when more countries share (hosting) it's an opportunity to grow the game.' Asked specifically about a potential three-way bid with the U.S. and Mexico, Montagliani said: 'It's definitely a possibility because the rules now allow for it. 'I also respect the fact that each country has the possibility to put on the World Cup (alone) and I think the discussions will happen quite soon as to what is our region is going to look like at this World Cup as I think it is an opportunity for CONCACAF.' U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati also took part in a unanimous FIFA Council decision. Though Mexico soccer leader Decio de Maria does not sit on FIFA's strategy-setting panel, he was also in Zurich with a top-level delegation from the regional soccer body, known as CONCACAF. The region was already favored to get its first World Cup since the U.S.-hosted 1994 edition, even before Tuesday's expansion decision. It now demands more high-quality training camps, hotels and transport for 48 teams, plus FIFA officials and hundreds of thousands of visiting fans. 'It means the number of countries that can host it without building major infrastructure and stadiums is limited,' said Gulati, adding his board has a 'fundamental decision' whether to bid. The U.S. could go alone, or bid with one or both neighbors. Uniting the U.S. and Mexico could win support from more than 20 Spanish-speaking federations among 211 FIFA members that now choose the World Cup hosts. It should also appeal to FIFA's sense of soccer having a role in society, amid tense cross-border relations caused by Trump's outspoken comments on Mexico. 'Listen, I'm a football guy, I'm not a politician,' said Montagliani, who like Gulati speaks fluent Spanish. 'The only thing I know from afar about Trump is that he's a big sports guy and he's proven that in the past ... so you would hope that football will trump politics. No pun intended.' FIFA typically looks for strong government support, and has it in the next two World Cup host nations Russia and Qatar. Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko is a FIFA Council member and attended Tuesday's meeting. FIFA has allowed co-costing at just one of 22 World Cups from 1930 through 2022, which included Mexico hosting alone in 1970 and '86. FIFA's former leaders later pledged not to repeat their 'two of everything' experience of 2002 in Japan and South Korea. Still, Infantino campaigned for the presidency last year promising an open mind about pan-regional hosting. FIFA's target is May 2020 to choose the 2026 host, though that could change during meetings being held in Bahrain in May. Asked if bidding could be accelerated if only three candidates emerged, and who all wanted to work together, Infantino said: 'It is premature to discuss about it now.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer br /> ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino's favored plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved Tuesday by the FIFA Council. It meets Infantino's election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA's 211 member federations. With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, plus ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA projects an increased profit of $640 million despite some extra operating costs and prize money for teams. FIFA's six continents should find out by May how many extra places they will each get. UEFA wants 16 European teams at the tournament, which is strongly favored to be played in North America. The CONCACAF region has not hosted the World Cup since the 1994 tournament in the United States. American, Canadian and Mexican soccer leaders have had informal talks about a co-hosting bid. Africa and Asia could be winners in a bigger World Cup with up to nine places each. They had only five and four teams, respectively, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Still, FIFA said it expects the standard of soccer to drop compared to the 32-team format locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. The 'absolute quality' of play, defined by high-ranked teams facing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA acknowledged in a research document sent to members last month. It made 10,000 tournament simulations to reach that conclusion. Instead, Infantino wants to create fervor and months of anticipation back home in the 16 extra nations which would qualify, some probably making their World Cup debut. FIFA has pointed to Costa Rica, Wales and Iceland as examples of teams which overachieved at recent tournaments. FIFA must break with soccer tradition to make its new format work after an original 48-team plan — with an opening playoff round sending 16 'one-and-done' teams home early — was unpopular. Instead, three-team groups will replace the usual groups of four to create simple progress to a knockout bracket. However, it leaves one team idle for final group games and could risk collusion between the other two teams. FIFA said it could guard against result-rigging by introducing penalty shootouts after group games that end in draws. Despite the 16 extra games, FIFA believes the current maximum of stadiums needed will stay at the 12 used by Brazil and Russia. However, the demand for more training bases and hotels means developed countries would be better equipped to win future hosting contests. North America is the strong favorite for 2026 because European and Asian countries are blocked by a FIFA rule excluding continents which hosted either of the two previous tournaments. Russia will host the World Cup next year and Qatar in 2022. South America has been focused on a centenary tournament including original 1930 host Uruguay, and African nations are seen as lacking existing capacity and unlikely to fund multi-billion dollar infrastructure spending. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Russia gets UN backing for Syria truce, Kazakhstan talks

Russia gets UN backing for Syria truce, Kazakhstan talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2017

Yasay in Russia for talks on proposed Duterte visit

Yasay in Russia for talks on proposed Duterte visit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 6th, 2016

Talks on Ukraine produce no visible results

MINSK — A meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany intended to shore up a shaky peace process in eastern Ukraine has ended without.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2016

Duterte eyeing Russia visit, firming up China deals after APEC talks - GMA News

Duterte eyeing Russia visit, firming up China deals after APEC talks - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 2016

Nation: Duterte meets 'idol' Putin of Russia, invites China's Xi to PHL

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday noon, Nov. 19 (past midnight of Nov. 20 in Manila), kicked off his participation at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Lima, Peru, by holding bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi .....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 20th, 2016

Putin ready to extend Aleppo truce as France, Germany up pressure

Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was ready to prolong a unilateral ceasefire in Aleppo, after tough talks in Berlin where the leaders of Germany and France refused to rule out sanctions against Moscow......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 20th, 2016

Germany hosts Ukraine summit, also expected to discuss Syria

BERLIN — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France gathered in Berlin on yesterday for four-way talks hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that aimed to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2016

Russia sends missile system to Syria port

ALEPPO: Russia said it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington over the five-year conflict. The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 5th, 2016

Syria army advances in Aleppo after US drops Russia talks

Syria army advances in Aleppo after US drops Russia talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

Syria peace efforts plunge as US suspends talks with Russia

WASHINGTON — International efforts to end the fighting in Syria have been dealt a serious blow, with the United States suspending direct contacts with Russia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

US drops Russia talks as Syria pushes Aleppo onslaught

US drops Russia talks as Syria pushes Aleppo onslaught.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe

US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2016

US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe

WASHINGTON: The United States warned Thursday that it is on the brink of ending talks with Russia over the assault on Aleppo, where the United Nations says a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding unlike any witnessed so far in Syria's brutal five-year war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 30th, 2016

US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe

The United States warned Thursday that it is on the brink of ending talks with Russia over the assault on Aleppo, where the United Nations says a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding unlike any witnessed so far in Syria's brutal five-year war......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 30th, 2016

Global anger over NKorea nuclear test as UN set to meet

World powers expressed outrage Friday after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile, prompting urgent UN talks and calls for new sanctions. South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

US pushes Russia on ‘true’ Syria peace deal ahead of new talks

GENEVA: The US pressed Russia on Thursday for a &'8220;true cessation of hostilities&'8221; in Syria ahead of high-level peace talks Friday in Geneva, warning that its patience is running thin. Foreign ministers from the two powers, which support opposite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016