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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the International Arctic Forum in Saint Petersburg on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV - SPUTNIK - AFP)

Vladimir Putin wants to ‘fully restore’ ties with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants to “fully restore” strained ties between Washington and Moscow, during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.

Recep Erdogan says won’t go back on S-400 deal with Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is set to hold talks with foreign ministers from Iran, Russia and Turkey in Geneva to discuss setting up a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.

Russia, Iran, Turkey seek deal on Syria constitutional body at UN

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is set to hold talks with foreign ministers from Iran, Russia and Turkey in Geneva to discuss setting up a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.
Meet Vladislav Roslyakov, the man behind Crimea's college massacre

17 students killed in Ukraine’s school attack

At least 17 people were killed and dozens more wounded, most of them teenagers, after an attack on a college in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday, with conflicting versions referring to a lone shooter and a bomb.
The shelling throws future of a deal to avoid a bloody government offensive on Idlib into uncertainty [Omar Haj Kadour-AFP]

SOHR: Shells fired from Syria buffer zone, soldiers killed

Rebel fighters have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Syria, despite an apparent heavy arms pullout days earlier, according to a monitoring group.
Idlib

Russia and Turkey agree on safe zone in Syria’s Idlib

The Russian president said the 15-20km (9.3-12.4 miles) wide safe zone will be created in the northwest Syrian province by 15 October.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on July 9, 2018 be sworn in for a second mandate as Turkey's head of state after his election triumph last month, assuming sweeping powers granted under a new constitution, a presidential source said. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Turkey warns Europe of ‘new wave’ of Syrian refugees from Idlib

Turkey's presidential spokesperson has said a major offensive targeting Syria's northwestern province of Idlib could cause a new refugee crisis from Turkey to Europe.
Passenger jet in Russia catches fire. Reuters

One die, 18 injured as plane catches fire

One person died — apparently of a heart attack — and 18 people sought medical help when a plane skidded off a runway in Russia’s Olympic city of Sochi, slid into a river and caught fire during landing early Saturday, officials said.
Referee Nestor Pitana

Dermot Gallagher: France penalty decision against Croatia wrong

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says the decision to give France a penalty against Croatia in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow was "100 per cent" wrong.
Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe

World Cup: Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Antoine Griezmann scoop FIFA-Adidas awards

The French team were not the only winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the curtains were drawn on Sunday in Moscow. Other winners included Luka Modric, the magical midfielder for runners up, Croatia.
France players celebrate with Didier Deschamps, Manager of France following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final - Getty Images

France set to welcome FIFA World Cup heroes

Victorious France were set to return to a heroes’ welcome on Monday after winning the World Cup for the second time with a rollercoaster 4-2 victory over Croatia which set off chaotic celebrations at home.
Conor McGregor has described Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of the greatest leaders of our time, after attending the World Cup final as his guest

Conor McGregor attends World Cup final as Vladimir Putin’s guest

Conor McGregor has described Russian President Vladimir Putin as "one of the greatest leaders of our time", after attending the World Cup final as his guest.
Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli

Argentina FA sacks coach Jorge Sampaoli

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced Jorge Sampaoli will not continue as national team head coach following a chaotic World Cup.
World Cup Trophy

Russia hands over World Cup host to Qatar

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over mantle of the World Cup host to the emir of Qatar whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament.
Antoine Griezmann

Three things we learned from France’s World Cup final win

France are world champions for a second time as Les Bleus ran wild while Croatia’s energy reserves ran dry to win a thrilling World Cup final 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday.
France players celebrate winning the World Cup following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final - Getty Images

Donald Trump hails ‘extraordinary’ France for World Cup win

US President Donald Trump quickly sent congratulations to France after their World Cup win over Croatia on Sunday, and also praised Russia’s president for hosting the tournament.
France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final - Getty Images

In World Cup final, you don’t give that penalty – Croatia coach

Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalić, has condemned the penalty that gave France the second goal in the just-concluded World Cup Final in Russia.
France players celebrate winning the World Cup following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final - Getty Images

Gary Neville: France deserved to win 2018 World Cup

Former England defender Gary Neville has insisted that France deserved to prevail at the 2018 World Cup.

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Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya will run her last 800-metres today before the International Association of Athletics Federations imposes hugely controversial new rules limiting testosterone in female athletes.

Caster Semenya to return to track in 2,000 metres race in France

Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will run in the 2,000 metres in a meeting held in the Paris suburbs on June 11, the organisers said on Friday.
Lagos State Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu was at a special reception organised by Kings’s Court Chapel for the Ogun State Govenor-elect Prince Dapo Abiodun on Sunday. 1

Babajide Sanwo-Olu: My administration will be hardworking

The Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday said he would work assiduously to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has praised Ajax's Andre Onana for his impressive displays between the sticks this season.

Manuel Neuer: Ajax’s Andre Onana deserved to be in Champions League final

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has praised Ajax's Andre Onana for his impressive displays between the sticks this season.

Boko Haram kills 25 soldiers, civilians in an ambush in Borno

Islamist insurgents killed at least 25 soldiers and a number of civilians in an ambush in northeast Nigeria on Saturday morning, two security sources said, the second deadly attack on the army this week.
Kola Ologbondiyan

PDP congratulates Zamfara governor-elect, others

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday congratulated the Zamfara State governor-elect, Bello Matawalle, and all federal and state legislators-elect on their victory in the 2019 general elections.