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Hiddink happy to help if Russia come calling

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AMSTERDAM Guus Hiddink, who led Russia to the 2008 European Championship semi-finals, said he would be happy to return to his former side as they look to put the misery of an early Euro 2016 exit behind them and prepare for the World Cup in two years' time.

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Syria opposition accuses Russia of using incendiary bombs in Syria

UNITED NATIONS The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) called on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to launch an investigation into its accusations that Russia has repeatedly used air-delivered incendiary weapons in Syria.

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Boxing champ Wilder counter sued over cancelled Povetkin bout

Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder and his promoter were counter sued on Thursday by Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin and his promoter over the recent cancellation of a title bout, after the Russian tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Boxing champ Wilder countersued over canceled Povetkin bout

June 23 Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder and his promoter were countersued on Thursday by Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin and his promoter over the recent cancellation of a title bout, after the Russian tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

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China-led bloc keeps Iran at arm's length despite Russian backing

TASHKENT The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a China-led security bloc, refused to initiate Iran's accession on Thursday despite a request from Russia which backs Tehran's bid, indicating possible divisions between Beijing and Moscow.

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Fan chief says Russians suffering 'politicised' treatment at Euro 2016

MOSCOW The head of Russia's football supporters' association on Thursday said Russian fans were the victims of "politicised" treatment at Euro 2016 and blamed French authorities for violence.

UPDATE 1-Russian development bank VEB to restructure Sochi Olympic loans

MOSCOW/TASHKENT, June 23 Russia's troubled state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) will extend the maturity and lower the interest rates of loans it made for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to help borrowers meet repayments, the head of the bank said on Thursday.

Fan chief says Russians suffering "politicised" treatment at Euro 2016

MOSCOW, June 23 The head of Russia's football supporters' association on Thursday said Russian fans were the victims of "politicised" treatment at Euro 2016 and blamed French authorities for violence.

Two England fans still in hospital, police issue witness appeal

LONDON Two England fans remain in hospital with serious injuries after violent disorder before, during and after their Euro 2016 opening match against Russia in Marseilles, British police chiefs said on Thursday.

Soccer-Two England fans still in hospital, police issue witness appeal

LONDON, June 23 Two England fans remain in hospital with serious injuries after violent disorder before, during and after their Euro 2016 opening match against Russia in Marseilles, British police chiefs said on Thursday.

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Merkel calls for sober EU divorce talks with 'partner' Britain

BERLIN/HERMANNSWERDER, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for clear-headed negotiations with Britain on its departure from the European Union, stressing that talks with the "close partner" must take place in a good atmosphere.