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Russia dazzles as FIFA World Cup 2018 begins today

They are eager to show their breathtakingly beautiful city to the world, befittingly enough, through the ‘Beautiful Game’s’ quadrennial showpiece. For some, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting Thursday, is President Vladimir Putin’s equivalent of China’s 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. And the hosts are waiting for their guests as they ... Read More »

Russia 2018: How the World Cup favourites are shaping up

– Brazil – In 2014, Brazil were being widely tipped for success on home soil but their campaign unravelled in spectacular fashion with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany. Now the five-time champions look the real deal again. Coach Tite has transformed their fortunes and they are confident ... Read More »

Donald Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russia

As the heads of the top industrialized democracies embarked on the two-day G7 summit in rural Quebec, European leaders warned that Trump’s stance on trade, the climate, Iran and — now — Russia sets him apart. Already angered by Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum — and planning ... Read More »

Russia 2018: Brazil aim to restore past glory

During the World Cup 2014 at their home, Brazil were decimated by Germany in the semi-final 7-1. The third-place play-off fixture was no better, as the Dutch put three past them and claimed bronze with ease Given their proud history and superb recent form, it comes as little surprise that ... Read More »

Russia 2018: Germany prepares for World Cup defence

Currently, Germany is ranked number one in the FIFA World football rankings. Coach Joachim Low has been associated with the German national team since 2006 and has been the longest serving national team coach in Europe. Germany have set their sights firmly on a title defence with Low saying they ... Read More »

PM Modi leaves for Russia for informal summit with President Putin

Russia’s summer beach resort city Sochi is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. After becoming Russia’s president for the 4th time, Vladimir Putin himself invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia where both the leaders will hold informal talks. The two leaders will review the entire ... Read More »

PM Modi to visit Russia for informal summit with President Putin

The two leaders will discuss on further strengthening the Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries and exchange views on regional and international developments. Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters. The visit is taking place at the invitation of Russian President Putin. “This ... Read More »