KIEV, June 8 (Reuters) – Euro 2012 got off to a rousing
start on Friday but co-hosts Poland ended the night frustrated
after 2004 champions Greece fought back to earn a 1-1 draw in
the tournament’s opening match in Warsaw that ended with both
teams reduced to 10 men.
It could have been worse for the Poles but for substitute
goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who saved a penalty with his first
touch 20 minutes from time in an incident-packed Group A game.
KIEV (Reuters) – Co-hosts Poland and Ukraine struggled to dispel racism concerns on Friday right up to the kickoff of the Euro 2012 soccer finals, the biggest sporting event in eastern Europe since the collapse of communism.
Poland were hoping for a winning start against 2004 champions Greece (2:00 p.m. EDT) in the opening match in front of their home fans in Warsaw before Russia take on the Czech Republic (4:45 p.m. EDT) in the other Group A game in Wroclaw.
KIEV, June 8 (Reuters) – Co-hosts Poland and Ukraine
struggled to dispel racism concerns on Friday right up to the
kickoff of the Euro 2012 soccer finals, the biggest sporting
event in eastern Europe since the collapse of communism.
Poland were hoping for a winning start against 2004
champions Greece (1800 GMT) in the opening match in front of
their home fans in Warsaw before Russia take on the Czech
Republic (2045) in the other Group A game in Wroclaw.
KIEV, June 8 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s hopes that the Euro 2012
soccer finals will speed its integration with Europe’s
democracies were fading on Friday because of a growing boycott
over its treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
Britain joined the unofficial boycott on Thursday by saying
government ministers would not attend the first batch of matches
in the former Soviet republic, which is co-hosting the
tournament with Poland, because of human rights concerns.
CHORVILA, Georgia (Reuters) – Billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili has spent the last decade making dreams come true for Georgia’s poor by dipping into his vast fortune to build houses, hospitals and schools.
He has paved roads, built villagers new homes with water, electricity and gas, provided each household with 200 lari ($120) a month and given newlyweds $3,000 in Chorvila, where he spent his childhood playing football with his friends.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities said on Thursday that security agencies had foiled a plot by Islamic militants to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, using an arsenal of weapons including surface-to-air missiles and a flamethrower.
Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said special services had confiscated arms, ammunition and explosives in the breakaway Abkhazia region of Georgia, the South Caucasus country with which Russia went to war in 2008.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin promised to project Russia’s might on the world stage in a rallying speech on Wednesday to troops and war veterans celebrating victory over Nazi Germany at a military parade bristling with weapons on Red Square.
Two days after starting his six-year term, Putin, flanked by military chiefs and his defense and prime ministers, used the address to reinforce appeals for national unity as he tries to reassert his authority, shaken by months of protests.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin, speaking in Moscow’s Red Square with military generals at his side, said he would promote Russia’s might on the world stage in a patriotic speech on Wednesday glorifying the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two.
Two days after being sworn in for a six-year term that has drawn protests against his return to the Kremlin, Putin used the address to troops and war veterans at the annual military parade on Red Square to reinforce appeals for national unity.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s lower house of parliament confirmed former president Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on Tuesday, completing a job swap with Vladimir Putin that has sparked protests against the two leaders’ grip on power.
The approval vote, comfortably won by Medvedev as Putin looked on, ignored growing concern in the country that keeping power in the hands of the same men who have led Russia for the past four years will bring political and economic stagnation.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s lower house on Tuesday to confirm his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister in a job swap that has angered many Russians and sparked protests against the men’s grip on power.
“I count on your support,” Putin said at the end of a brief speech to the State Duma in which he presented Medvedev, president for the last four years, as an experienced leader who would not let Russia down.