Russia gets set to host World Cup as costs soar
By France 24
14 June 2018 | 5:02 am
All eyes will be on Russia as the World Cup kicks off on Thursday. The country has spent almost €9 billion on the event. Of the 12 stadiums, nine have been built from scratch.
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Russia appears to have found a second wind in its assault on Bakhmut according to British intelligence. Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister has called on China to urge Russia to stop the war. DW has the latest.
The accounts of Germany's cultural centers in Russia have been frozen in retaliation for an investigation into the main Russian cultural center in Berlin.
Amendments to Russia's conscription law to make it easier to enlist men in the army have been signed by President Putin. But the Kremlin has rejected speculation that a mass mobilization is imminent.
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