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Russia may have upgraded nuclear bunker: Report

Washington, June 19 (IANS) Russia may have significantly upgraded a nuclear weapons storage bunker in Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Poland and the Baltics, as tensions between Moscow and the West continue to rise, according to a new report. On Monday, the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) published aerial photographs that the group says show the facility...

1 day ago
WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

Geneva, June 18 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) has now included gaming disorder as a mental health condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The ICD, a diagnostic manual published by the WHO, was last updated in 1990 and its new edition, ICD-11, has included gaming disorder as a serious health condition that needs to be monitored. Gaming disord...

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Swiss expose cracks in Brazilian side, but all is not lost

Rostov-on-Don, June 18 (IANS) It began so promisingly for Brazil as a curling Philippe Coutinho strike from distance sent the green and gold masses into raptures during their FIFA Word Cup Group E match against Switzerland. But there was little more to celebrate for the hordes of Brazilian football fans who made the trip to the southwestern Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don on Sunday. S...

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Pressure got to us against Switzerland: Brazil coach

Rostov-on-Don (Russia), June 18 (IANS) Brazil football team coach Tite thought the pressure had got to his players after watching his side kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland here. Brazil travelled to Russia after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side ...

2 days ago
Modi's strategic vision: Gap between aspiration and reality

Global disorder appears to be the leitmotif of mid-2018, with the US and China embarking upon a trade-tariff war and the US-led Western alliance in considerable turmoil over the unseemly outcome of the just-concluded G-7 summit in Canada. The historic meeting in Singapore (June 12) between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has the potential to lead to a completely u...

3 days ago
Switzerland coach respects Brazil, but plans to beat Canarinho

Rostov (Russia), June 16 (IANS) Switzerland's coach Vladimir Petkovic said Saturday that he had deep respect for Brazil, but was looking forward to defeating the Brazilian football team in their 2018 World Cup opener in Russia. At a press conference ahead of Sunday's match, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian coach stressed that he respects the fact that Brazil has greatly developed over the past ...

3 days ago
Brazil's Neymar "exceptional player", says Switzerland coach

Rostov-On-Don, June 16 (IANS) Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic said on Saturday that Brazil's star striker Neymar was an exceptional player and it would be difficult to hold him back during Sunday's Group E of the ongoing FIFA World Cup. Of course Neymar is an exceptional player. It is difficult to hold him back throughout an entire match. Along with Cristiano Ronaldo, he is one ...

3 days ago
World Cup: Brazil under test in campaign opener vs Switzerland

Rostov, June 16 (IANS) Brazil's position as favourites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be under test when they kick off their campaign against Switzerland here on Sunday. The Brazilians travel to Russia following a convincing 3-0 victory against Austria a week ago as Neymar banished any doubts about the injury which brought his campaign with Paris Saint Germain to a premature end, re...

4 days ago
FIFA World Cup: This is just the beginning, says Russia coach

Moscow, June 15 (IANS) Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov has called for calm following his team's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in their opening World Cup Group A match. The result on Thursday marked Russia's first win in football's showpiece event since a 0-2 defeat of Tunisia at the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea. It was also the biggest victory margin in the opening game of...

5 days ago
FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology, the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Putin said he hoped fans, play...

5 days ago
FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology, the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Putin said he hoped fans, play...

5 days ago
FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology, the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Artistic performances from UK ...

6 days ago
Putin to meet senior N. Korean official: Kremlin

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, here on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Kim is coming to Moscow to attend the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Peskov was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency on Wednesday. His trip to Russia follows a landmark Singa...

6 days ago
Putin says football remains a non-political sport

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose country is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, insisted on Wednesday, the eve of the competition's opening game, that football remained a non-political sport and that his country was ready to welcome fans from around the world. The Kremlin chief gave a speech at the 68th FIFA convention which was being held here, reports Efe.

6 days ago
Putin: Russia ready for FIFA World Cup

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprising visit to the ongoing 68th FIFA Congress here on Wednesday, giving a short speech and extending warm welcome to friends coming from all over the world. Speaking highly of the productive works of FIFA and the Russian people, Putin said that Russia is ready for the World Cup and guarantees the security and convenience...

9 days ago
Russian, Ukrainian Presidents discuss detainee swap

Moscow, June 10 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko discussed the exchange of detainees in a phone call on Saturday. They highlighted humanitarian issues, including the exchange of detainees. Vladimir Putin pointed out the importance of releasing the Russian journalists arrested in Ukraine without delay, Xinhua quoted the Kremlin as sayi...

10 days ago
Modi arrives in China for SCO, to meet Xi

Beijing, June 9 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao on Saturday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and will also have a bilateral meet with China's President Xi Jinping. Modi is also likely to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and leader of other member states. There is no bilateral scheduled with Pakista...

11 days ago
Speaker to lead Indian MPs' delegation to Belarus, Latvia, Finland

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is leading an Indian parliamentary delegation to Belarus, Latvia and Finland from June 10-18, an official statement said on Friday. The delegation left for Belarus on Friday. The delegation to Belarus (June 10-13) will comprise Members of Parliament (MPs) Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Jayshreeben Patel, K. Keshava Rao, ...

11 days ago
'India won't back out of buying S-400s from Russia'

Moscow, June 8 (IANS) India is committed to all its military-technical agreements with Russia and won't back out of the proposed purchase of the Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced air defence system despite US concerns, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran said here. He said that military-technical cooperation between India and Russia was discussed during the Sochi meeting between th...

11 days ago
Modi set to meet Xi at SCO on Saturday

Beijing, June 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit China on Saturday to attend a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the coastal city of Qingdao where he will have a one-on-one with President Xi Jinping. Although both have met over a dozen times as leaders of their countries, the Saturday meeting in Qingdao comes just a little over two months after ...

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