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France’s Kylian Mbappe, front, celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest. The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday. Mbappe had just shown …

A handout CCTV picture released by the Moscow Municipal Traffic Regulation center shows police officers and paramedics working at the scene after a taxi drove into a crowd injuring seven people/CODD/AFP / -

Cabbie drove 20 hours before ploughing into Moscow pavement

A taxi driver who ploughed into a Moscow pavement on the third day of the World Cup, injuring at least seven people, said in a video released by authorities Sunday he had been working for 20 hours solid before the incident. The unnamed man said he had slept for only two or three hours before …

Writer Ludmila Ulitskaya addresses an opposition rally in Moscow last week. Photograph: Maxim Grigoryev/TASS

Book clinic: what are the best contemporary Russian novels?

Q: I am about to travel to Russia for the World Cup. Leaving the classics to one side, what are the best contemporary Russian novels? Sean Golding, 27, marketing consultant, London A: Phoebe Taplin, journalist and author of four seasonal walking guides to Moscow, where she lived for five years Russian fiction has been exploring …

Anti-Kremlin Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, apologised to his wife/AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY

Anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko back from the dead as Ukraine admits set-up

“Murdered” anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko appeared alive and well at a press conference in Kiev on Wednesday as Ukraine admitted it had faked his death to expose an alleged Russian plot to kill him. Onlookers gasped and applauded as Babchenko appeared, introduced by the head of Ukraine’s security service, who said the murder had been …

A man walks past the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on March 29, 2018. Russia is facing a "global wave of revulsion" in response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy, Britain's Foreign Secreta/AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV

Russian spy daughter’s health rapidly improves

Yulia Skripal, hit in a nerve agent attack that has chilled relations between Russia and the West, came out of critical care on Thursday following a swift improvement in her health. The 33-year-old daughter of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal is “improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition. Her condition is …

Namal Rajapaksa

Namal Rajapaksa prevented from boarding a flight to USA

Joint Opposition MP, Namal Rajapaksa was denied entry to an Emirates flight from Moscow to the United States, earlier today. However, no clear reasons were given. The MP was traveling to the United States following his tenure as an independent election observer at the Russian presidential election, where Vladimir Putin won a 4th term in …

Russian passenger plane

Russian plane carrying 71 people crashes near Moscow

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital’s Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported. The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow. Russian news …

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