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Russia convincingly beat New Zealand 2-0 at the St Petersburg stadium in front of 50,251 people, including President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who addressed the crowd before kickoff.
Putin welcomed fans to what he called a “big football festival” and thanked
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“The fact the leader of the country came to the match is on the one hand an additional positive, but it is also an additional responsibility,” Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov, whose team face Portugal on Wednesday, told reporters.
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The 68,000-seat St Petersburg stadium will be a flagship venue at the 2018 World Cup and the home of Russian football powerhouse Zenit, but its decade-long
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A new pitch had to be hastily laid before Saturday’s kickoff after uprooted
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Before the problems with the grass, issues with the stadium’s retractable pitch technology made the playing surface vibrate and rendered it unfit for matches.
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After clashes between Russian and English football fans marred last year’s European Championship, Putin adopted legislation toughening punishments for stadium violence as part of a broader crackdown on hooliganism.
The Russian interior ministry has since blacklisted 292 fans, effectively banning them from attending official sporting events.
Russian fan leader Alexander Shprygin, who was deported from France during Euro 2016, told Reuters on Saturday that he had been barred from attending his country’s match against New Zealand just a few hours before kickoff.
He said Confederations Cup organisers had notified him that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled in what appeared to be a further attempt to curb violence.
Russian authorities insist that the Confederations Cup’s ticketing system, which requires ticket holders to apply for a personalised fan-ID, ensures that all fans are screened and troublemakers are kept away.
“The chances of losing the right to attend Confederations Cup and World Cup matches are significantly increased for people who are known to have
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FIFA has for the first time implemented a three-step procedure at the Confederations Cup that allows referees to stop matches in the event of racist or discriminatory incidents.
At Saturday’s game there were two pre-game stadium announcements warning fans against discriminatory behaviour.
FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura said on Friday that the estimated attendance for the tournament would be 65 percent, and that Russia’s match against European champions Portugal had been sold out for weeks.
But empty seats remain a concern, with Russia’s Sport Express reporting that some tickets were being handed out to state workers for free in a bid to fill the stands at an upcoming Confederations Cup match in Kazan.
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(Writing by Moscow newsroom, editing by Ed Osmond)
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The Justice Department declined to comment on the case beyond its filing. Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
While the charges do not name the publication, a U.S. official with knowledge of the case said Winner was charged with leaking the NSA report to The Intercept.
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The Intercept’s reporting reveals new details behind the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian intelligence services were seeking to infiltrate state voter registration systems as part of a broader effort to interfere in the
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The Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald did not immediately respond
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While partially redacted, the NSA document is marked to show it would be up for declassification on May 5, 2042. The indictment against Winner alleges she “printed and improperly removed” classified intelligence reporting that was dated “on or about May 5, 2017.”
Classified documents are typically due to be declassified after 25 years under an executive order signed under former President Bill Clinton.
The NSA opened a facility in Augusta in 2012 at Fort Gordon, a U.S. Army outpost.
The FBI and several congressional committees are investigating how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and whether associated of President Donald Trump may have colluded with Russian intelligence operatives during the campaign.
Trump has dismissed the allegations as “fake news,” while attempting to refocus attention on leaks of information to the media.
Winner graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in 2011. Investigators determined she was one of only six individuals to
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U.S. intelligence agencies including the NSA and CIA have fallen victim to several thefts of classified material in recent years, often at the hands of a federal contractor. For example, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 disclosed secret documents to journalists, including The Intercept’s Greenwald,
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Employees of subway construction agencies colluded with employees of the manufacturer to use counterfeit products, while local authorities’ negligence in supervision was also at fault, the statement said.
Shaanxi’s provincial government has been ordered to submit a profound written self-criticism to the central government and to revoke all of Aokai’s authentication certificates, trademarks and licenses.
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“Corruption must be resolutely prevented and punished, and there should be zero tolerance toward illegal behaviors that might endanger people’s lives and property,” it said.
China Railway Corp said on March 25 that it had replaced all cables provided by Aokai. Affected railway lines include those connecting Baoji to Lanzhou, Xi’an to Chengdu, Chongqing to Guiyang, and Lanzhou to Chongqing. Metro systems in Chengdu and Hefei were also found to have used cables from Aokai.
A white police officer in Las Vegas was arrested on Monday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a black man held in a chokehold for more than a minute, officials said.
Officer Kenneth Lopera was charged on the same day the Clark County Coroner’s
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The two charges of involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office brought against Lopera, which could each carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison if he is convicted, follow a number of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police in the United States that have spawned
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“The charges are the result of the coroner’s findings along with evidence gathered from video surveillance, (police) body-worn cameras and witness statements,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who overseas the police department that employs Lopera, said at a news conference.
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“We will be representing the officer to the fullest extent that we can,” Grammas told the newspaper.
Grammas could not be reached for comment late on Monday.
Lopera tried to arrest Farmer because the officer believed Farmer was trying to
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U.S. President Donald Trump told his top diplomat that the dispute over probes into links between his inner circle and Russia should not undermine U.S. efforts to rebuild relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.
Speaking in New Zealand after a trip to Australia, Tillerson reiterated the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region as global leaders have expressed growing
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Trump has denied any collusion but the FBI and congressional probes into the Russia matter have dogged the early months of his presidency.
Tillerson said the Asia-Pacific region remained “extremely important” for the
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The Trump administration has come under fire for withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and more recently the Paris Climate accord – both key to the region and to the small island nation of New Zealand.
His visit was met by protesters, who threw condoms filled with water at a figure of Trump in front of parliament, protesting against the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement and urging English to take a tougher stance, according to media.
“We do believe that engaging globally remains important and we will be seeking ways to remain engaged and there are many ways we can do that, through the U.N. intergovernmental panel on climate change as well as economic and trade forums that we will obviously be very active in as well,” he said.
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Beijing is determined to improve public services, including dealing with parking difficulties in hutong, Cai Qi, the city’s Party chief, said on Saturday during his first public activity since being appointed to the post.
Cai, together with Chen Jining, who was minister of environmental protection
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According to a report from the China Chain Store and Franchise Association, Beijing had 1,400 convenience stores as of the end of last year, up 25 percent from 2015. The growth rate of convenience stores in Beijing ranked fourth in China, and 53.3 percent of those are open 24 hours, it said.
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce announced last month that the city will give 200 million yuan ($29.3 million) in subsidies annually for the next three years to be invested in community services – such as vegetable markets,
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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland forward Jon Walters scored a late equaliser which
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Martin Hinteregger put the visitors ahead from a superbly worked corner in the
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The goal maintained Ireland’s unbeaten home record in nine competitive internationals since Martin O’Neill was appointed coach in late 2013.
They provisionally top Group D with 12 points, one ahead of Serbia, who were
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Ireland tried to turn the match into a physical scrap but the more refined Austrians struck the first blow.
David Alaba sent a low, outswinging corner into the middle of the penalty area, Sebastian Proedl let it go through his legs and Hinteregger met it first time to score from 12 metres.
Ireland were much more dangerous in the second half as Austria struggled to deal with repeated crosses into the area.
Stefan Lainer nearly put through his own goal but then rescued Austria shortly
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Austria had two chances to settle the match, when Valentin Lazaro just failed to make contact with a ball across the face of goal and substitute Florian Grillitsch’s shot was turned around the post by Darren Randolph.
They paid dearly for those misses when Walters went chasing after a long ball
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Ireland thought they had won when Shane Duffy headed in a loose ball from close range but it was disallowed for a foul.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)