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Jun 13, 2014

Marcelo scores Brazil’s first ever World Cup own goal

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Defender Marcelo marched into the history books on Thursday by scoring Brazil’s first own goal at a World Cup.

It was also the opening goal of the 2014 tournament, briefly puncturing the carnival atmosphere across a country where expectations are sky high that the hosts will lift the trophy at the final in Rio De Janeiro on July 13.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Marcelo scores Brazil’s first ever World Cup own goal

SAO PAULO, June 12 (Reuters) – Defender Marcelo marched into the history books on Thursday by scoring Brazil’s first own goal at a World Cup.

It was also the opening goal of the 2014 tournament, briefly puncturing the carnival atmosphere across a country where expectations are sky high that the hosts will lift the trophy at the final in Rio De Janeiro on July 13.

Jun 13, 2014

Croatia coach warns of World Cup penalty ‘circus’ after opening game

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Croatian coach Niko Kovac warned on Thursday the World Cup could become a “circus” after Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a soft 71st-minute penalty to hosts Brazil in the opening game of the tournament.

Neymar scored his second goal of the game from the spot to put Brazil 2-1 ahead, and they went on to win 3-1.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Croatia coach warns of World Cup penalty “circus” after opening game

SAO PAULO, June 12 (Reuters) – Croatian coach Niko Kovac warned on Thursday the World Cup could become a “circus” after Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a soft 71st-minute penalty to hosts Brazil in the opening game of the tournament.

Neymar scored his second goal of the game from the spot to put Brazil 2-1 ahead, and they went on to win 3-1.

Jun 11, 2014

FIFA lawyer to look at all material provided in corruption probe

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The lawyer investigating allegations of corruption surrounding world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Wednesday he intended to review all information contained in documents seen by the media recently before coming to any final conclusions.

Michael Garcia said he and his team already had access to the “vast majority” of millions of documents the Sunday Times newspaper referred to in a recent report alleging bribery in the runup to Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-FIFA lawyer to look at all material provided in corruption probe

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – The lawyer investigating allegations of corruption surrounding world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Wednesday he intended to review all information contained in documents seen by the media recently before coming to any final conclusions.

Michael Garcia said he and his team already had access to the “vast majority” of millions of documents the Sunday Times newspaper referred to in a recent report alleging bribery in the runup to Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022.

Mar 18, 2014

Mourners at murdered Crimean Tatar’s burial blame Putin

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery outside Simferopol on Tuesday for the burial of Reshat Ametov, whose murder has sparked anger and fear in a Crimean Tatar community bitterly opposed to Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

Ametov, who was in his 30s, disappeared on March 3 when three men in military jackets led him away from the scene of a protest in the Crimean regional capital of Simferopol, witnesses said.

Mar 18, 2014

Crimea’s return to Russia leaves Tatars fearful of future

BELOGORSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Among the voices drowned out by victory celebrations across Crimea as it voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia were those of the Tatars, a minority group for whom the prospect of a return to Moscow rule brings only fear and uncertainty.

The Sunni Muslims, who are of Turkic origin, consider Crimea their home, and their deportation to Central Asia by Soviet forces during World War Two and earlier suppression by Josef Stalin meant they were far more comfortable with Ukraine.

Mar 17, 2014

Moscow wins Crimea vote, West readies sanctions

SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) – Crimea’s Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favour of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions.

As state media in Russia carried a startling reminder of its power to turn the United States to “radioactive ash”, President Barack Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian president that he and his European allies were ready to impose “additional costs” on Moscow for violating Ukraine’s territory.

Mar 17, 2014

Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote, West readies sanctions

SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) – Crimea’s Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favour of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions.

As state media in Russia carried a startling reminder of its

power to turn the United States to “radioactive ash”, President Barack Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling the Russian president that he and his European allies were ready to impose “additional costs” on Moscow for violating Ukraine’s territory.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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