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Russia, Ukraine discuss exchange of Sentsov, other prisoners

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed on Saturday, June 9, a possible exchange of prisoners, raising hopes that hunger-striking film director Oleg Sentsov and others could be released ahead of the start of the World Cup next week. "Special attention was paid to humanitarian ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 9th, 2018

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in mass prisoner swap

GORLIVKA, Ukraine – Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels have swapped hundreds of prisoners in the war-torn east of the country, one of the largest exchanges since the outbreak of an insurgency almost 4 years ago. The swap of captives on a dusty road close to the town of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

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

Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes deal on tax fraud case

MADRID (AP) — Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended. Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Friday that Ronaldo is ready to admit to four counts of tax fraud that would carry a prison sentence of two years. Prison sentences not over two years in Spain are often suspended for first-time offenders. The deal has yet to be ratified by Spain's Tax Office, according to different Spanish media including Europa Press news agency. Neither Spain's Tax Office, its Ministry of Justice nor people close to Ronaldo would confirm the existence of a deal when called by The Associated Press. Reports of the deal came hours before Ronaldo scored three goals to give Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening match of the World Cup in Russia. One year ago, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The prosecutor accused Ronaldo of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid. Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing when questioned by a judge last July. In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros (then $4.6 million)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Temporary blackout in Crimea after incident at Russian power station

SIMFEROPOL (UPDATED)  –  Crimea was temporarily without electricity on Wednesday, June 13, following an incident at a power station in Russia, authorities in the peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014 said.  "The whole of Crimea is without electricity. The power supply will be restored within 3 hours. Please remain calm," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Spain replaces fired Lopetegui with Hierro

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press With only two days to go before Spain's opening match at the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui was fired as national team coach because he accepted a job to lead Real Madrid next season. Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales, who made the announcement on Wednesday in Krasnodar, later said Fernando Hierro would replace Lopetegui as coach for Spain's match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday. The 50-year-old Hierro, a former national team player and Real Madrid captain, had been acting as the federation's sports director and was already in Russia with the national team. Rubiales said firing Lopetegui wasn't the best solution but it was needed after the federation was caught by surprise by Real Madrid's announcement. "The federation cannot be left out of a negotiation by one of its workers and be informed five minutes before the press release," Rubiales said. "We have been compelled to act." Rubiales, who took over as president last month, said Lopetegui betrayed the federation's values and it was the only decision he could make. "It's a difficult situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken. The federation has its values and it has to maintain them," Rubiales said. "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger." Lopetegui did not attend the news conference but was expected to talk to the media later. "We have to work on a series of decisions that come just two days before the opener," Rubiales said. "There's a lot to do." Hierro spent most of his career as a defender for Real Madrid and finished his playing days with English club Bolton in 2005. He played in four World Cups with Spain, from 1990 to 2002, and in two European Championships, 1996 and 2000. Hierro was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left the post in 2014. He coached second-division club Real Oviedo two seasons ago and was Malaga's general manager after leaving his sports director position with the Spanish federation in 2011. After Madrid's announcement that it hired Lopetegui, critics immediately began questioning some of the coach's decisions with the national team, including his choice to leave some Barcelona players such as Sergi Roberto out of the World Cup squad. There were also questions about how Lopetegui would be able to fully focus on the national team while also having to discuss off-season signings for his new club. There are six Madrid players in Spain's team for the World Cup. Lopetegui's name had not been mentioned by Spanish media among the probable candidates for the Madrid job, which opened up after Zidane unexpectedly quit. Last month, Lopetegui agreed to extend his contract with the national team through 2020. "I admire and respect Lopetegui a lot. He is a top coach, and that made it harder to make this decision," Rubiales said. "Winning is important, but above that, we need to know how things have to be handled." The 51-year-old Lopetegui took over from Vicente del Bosque after the 2016 European Championship. He was credited with reviving a team that was on the decline after winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. By successfully blending talented youngsters and veterans from its golden generation, Lopetegui kept Spain unbeaten through 20 matches in charge, comfortably leading the team to the World Cup from a qualifying group that included Italy. He won European championships with Spain's under-19 and under-21 teams in the early 2010s, but had a lackluster stint with Portuguese team Porto in his only job with a major club. He was fired after failing to win a title during almost two years in Portugal. Rubiales took over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for nearly three decades. He was elected president over Juan Luis Larrea, the federation's former treasurer and its interim leader since Villar was suspended following his arrest last year on suspicion of corruption. In one of his first actions, Rubiales canceled a previously arranged "vacation" trip by officials to the World Cup that would cost nearly 2 million euros ($2.3 million). He got the money reimbursed and spent only about 500,000 euros ($590,000) with new travel arrangements for sponsors and federation officials. "We are all affected," Rubiales said about Lopetegui's departure. "We have to think about what is best for the entity, for the federation and the team, and from this afternoon we will all be together to go forward.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

3x3WC: Gilas vents frustrations on Russia and scores dominant win

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Gilas Pilipinas at least ends the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup on a high note. The Philippines vented its frustrations on Russia, scoring a convincing 19-12 win Monday at the Philippine Arena here. After a narrow one-point loss to Canada earlier in the day that caused their elimination, Gilas went off against the third-seede Russians. With Troy Rosario clicking from deep, the Philippines jumped to a commanding 16-4 lead. That was pretty much it as Russia never really got close until the final buzzer. Stanley Pringle was also sensational for Gilas and he actually led the team in scoring with nine points. Rosario added eight, all from two-point territory, while RR Pogoy finished with two points. Victor Pavlenko got six points for Russia. The Philippines ended the World Cup with a 2-2 record, third in Pool C. The teams that advanced to the quarterfinals from that group are Canada and Mongolia, the two teams that beat Gilas Pilipinas. "I think it's a little bitter you know? For me it's bitter. I'm happy we won two games but we should ahve won against Canada and we should've won against Mongolia," Christian Standhardinger said. "I hope we stay together, and we can make some history with this group," he added. With pool play over, the official quarterfinals bracket in the men's division will have defending champion Serbia vs. Mongolia, Latvia vs. Poland, Slovenia vs. Ukraine, and Canada vs. the Netherlands. In women's play, defending champion Russia draws Czech Republic while no. 1 China is set for a showdown against no. 3 Hungary. Spain will take on France and the United States will face Italy. The Scores:   PHILIPPINES 19 — Pringle 9, Rosario 8, Pogoy 2, Standhardinger 0.  RUSSIA 12 — Pavlenko 6, Korshakov 4, Dybovskii 1, Alexandrov 1.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

US, NoKor to Discuss ‘New Relations,’ Denuclearization

The upcoming US-North Korean talks will focus on the establishment of new relations between the countries, the creation of a peace system and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, the North Korean media reported Monday. “During the US-North Korean talks, a broad exchange of views will take place, during which the parties will discuss, in particular, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Defending champ Ostapenko crashes in French Open 2018 first round

PARIS, France – Jelena Ostapenko became only the second defending champion to lose in the first round of Roland Garros when she slumped to a shock 7-5, 6-3 defeat by Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine on Sunday, May 27. Russia's Anastasia Myskina was the only other defending champion to suffer the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Putin, Macron Meet to Discuss U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

(Xinhua) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday exchanged views on international issues including the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, according to the Kremlin. Putin and Macron discussed the situation of Iran, Syria and Ukraine and agreed to further develop bilateral relations, according to the statement from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and Australia on Friday announced they were holding Moscow legally responsible for its role in the missile attack......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

EU, NATO urge Russia to ‘accept responsibility’ for MH17

The EU and NATO urged Russia on Friday to take responsiblity for the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine after international investigators concluded that a missile which destroyed the plane came from a Russian military brigade. The 28-nation European Union and the 29-country US-led military alliance issued statements on the shooting down of […] The post EU, NATO urge Russia to ‘accept responsibility’ for MH17 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Indian PM Leaves for Russia for Informal Summit with Putin

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Russia on Monday morning for an informal summit with President Vladimir Putin in the city of Sochi, confirmed an official in the country’s external affairs ministry. Modi is visiting Russia at the invitation of Putin. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of current bilateral, regional […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal — Lavrov

BEIJING: China and Russia will block any attempts to “sabotage” the Iran nuclear agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as US President Donald Trump mulls whether to scrap the deal. Trump has set a May 12 deadline to “fix” the 2015 accord, which curbs Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief and [...] The post Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal — Lavrov appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

The Score: Road to Russia to highlight Iceland and Nigeria

There is only over two months left before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, and ABS-CBN S+A is back to bring comprehensive sporting coverage for the biggest football event in the world. On Friday the 13th, consider yourselves lucky because S+A's The Score will be continuing its Road to Russia coverage, with the panel talking about two participants from Group D, namely Nigeria and Iceland. For the African nation, it will be the sixth time since they have entered the event, while the Europan sovereignty will play in the biggest stage of football for the first time ever. TJ Manotoc and veteran football journalist Cedelf Tupas will also discuss the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, a new 45,000-seater stadium that will host from the group stages up to the quarterfinals. Also featured in this episode is the 1954 hosting of Switzerland in the World Cup, which saw West Germany come up victorious against Iceland. Catch The Score: Road to Russia every Friday leading to the World Cup at 10 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD. Don't also forget that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be available on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and on livestream starting June 14......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Asean meeting mulls regional alcohol policy

VIENTIANE --- Health experts from Laos and other Asean member countries are meeting in Vientiane this week to discuss regional alcohol policy and knowledge-sharing in the field. Participants are reporting on the progress of their activities and sharing plans including the exchange of information on existing standards and conformity assessment procedures on alcohol policy development and implementation in Asean. Director General of the Hygiene and Health Promotion Department of the Ministry of Health, Dr Bounpheng Philavong, told the meeting on Monday that it had an important role to play in sharing information and knowledge on alcohol policy among Asean members as well as analysing...Keep on reading: Asean meeting mulls regional alcohol policy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

UK hints at sanctions over Russia spy attack – CNN News

Britain’s National Security Council is due to meet Monday to discuss the latest intelligence on the attempted murder of former […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

UK blames Russian military for NotPetya cyberattack

LONDON, United Kingdom – Britain on Thursday, February 15, accused the Russian military of being behind last year's "NotPetya" cyber-attack, which started in Ukraine and Russia before spreading globally, affecting thousands of computers.  "The UK Government judges that the Russian Government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

UN Security Council to meet Friday on Iran protests

UNITED NATIONS –  At Washington's request, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday, January 5, to discuss the wave of protests in Iran. The United States formally requested the meeting on Thursday but Russia and some of the other council members are not convinced that the top ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Chinese, SKorean envoys to discuss North in Seoul

BEIJING: China will send a special envoy to Seoul to discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula ahead of proposed talks between North and South Korea, the foreign ministry said Thursday. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou will visit Friday and Saturday to “exchange views” with Lee Do-Hoon, Seoul’s envoy on Korean peninsula peace talks, [...] The post Chinese, SKorean envoys to discuss North in Seoul appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018