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Trump now says he misspoke in front of Putin

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MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling-in a rebuke to US intelligence chiefs. At their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman’s denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But faced with outrage at home, with even some of his political allies demanding that he reverse course, Trump-in an extraordinary postscript ...

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Trump under fire over poll meddling comments

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MNA International Desk: There has been a barrage of criticism in the US after President Donald Trump defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 elections, reported news agency. At a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies, saying Russia had no reason to meddle. The top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Mr Trump must see that “Russia is not our ally”. Republican Senator John McCain said it was a “disgraceful performance”. Mr Putin denied the interference claim. The US and Russian presidents held nearly two hours of closed-door ...

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Trump, Putin to hold first summit talks

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin later on Monday, ending a tumultuous European tour in which he criticised his allies, reports news agency. Mr Trump said he had “low expectations” ahead of the talks in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, but added that “maybe some good” would come of them. The summit comes after 12 Russians were charged with hacking in the 2016 US elections. Mr Trump says he will raise the issue, but there is no formal agenda. The two leaders will meet one-on-one, and will be joined only by their interpreters. It is ...

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Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Belgium beat England 2-0 to finish third in 2018 World Cup in St. Petersburg of Russia on Saturday. Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were enough for Belgium to beat an uninspired England team and clinch third place in the World Cup. Belgium took the lead early after poor defending from Gareth Southgate’s side allowed right wing-back Meunier to steal in at the back post and convert from close range. England had the majority of possession but were slow on the ball, lacked movement or ideas and Belgium sat deep waiting to pick them off on ...

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Russia stuns Spain in penalty shootout

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MNA Sports Desk: Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals, reported news agency. The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in what was Russia’s first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to send his team to the last eight after a lacklustre 1-1 draw over 120 minutes. But there was high drama in the shootout for the 78,000 spectators at Luzhniki Stadium, with all four Russian penalty-takers keeping their cool and Muscovite Akinfeev, ...

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Russia beats Egypt 3-1

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MNA Sports Desk: Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era. Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup – and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday. Confounding grim pre-tournament predictions, the host nation earned a second straight emphatic victory to start the group stage by beating Egypt 3-1. Having already routed Saudi Arabia 5-0, Russia is likely to be celebrating a spot in the round of 16 by Wednesday evening and few could have seen ...

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World Cup kicks off today

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MNA Sports Desk: The wait of soccer fans across the world is finally over as the largest show of football, World Cup 2018 will begin on Thursday in Moscow of Russia. The tournament opener featuring Russia and Saudi Arabia at the imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium has so far failed to capture the imagination of Muscovites, although they have warmly welcomed foreign fans. The match will kicks off 9.00pm Bangladesh time. While curious locals have clamoured to see the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, it has proved a slow build-up to the June 14-July 15 showpiece, which is being held ...

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EU lawmakers demand Russia WC boycott

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MNA Sports Desk: A group of European Union (EU) lawmakers on Friday urged the bloc’s leaders to boycott this year’s football World Cup in Russia to protest over Moscow’s “mockery of European values”. The 60 Member of European Parliament (MEP) said all EU countries should follow the lead of Britain and non-EU member Iceland in refusing to send official delegations to the tournament, which starts on 14 June. London announced last month that ministers and royals would stay away from the tournament in protest at the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in a British town, which Western ...

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Vladimir Putin wins presidential election

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MNA International Desk: Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia’s president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that “we are bound for success,” reported news agency. There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot. His only real challenge was to run up the tally so high that he could claim an indisputable mandate. With ballots from 80 percent of Russia’s precincts counted by early Monday, Putin ...

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Diplomatic rows looming over Russia World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: The World Cup is a prime opportunity for the host country to burnish its international image-but Russia’s tensions with the West mean that will prove tricky this year. After a former Russian spy was attacked with a nerve agent on an English street, Britain is considering pulling its officials from the tournament in June and July if it is proved that Moscow was behind the poisoning. Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper complained that Western countries would hand Russia a “sheen of acceptability and normality, a bloody stamp of approval” by taking part. But for Simon Chadwick, a professor ...

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IOC votes to lift Olympic ban in Russia

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MNA Sports Desk: Russia’s Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no more doping violations from their athletes at Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has ruled. However, the IOC says Russian athletes will not be allowed to parade under their own flag at the closing ceremony. Russia was banned because of state-sponsored doping at Sochi 2014. A team of 168 competed in South Korea as neutral Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) but two failed drugs tests. Alexander Krushelnitsky won bronze in the mixed curling but was stripped of his medal after being found guilty of doping while Nadezhda ...

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Russia looks for body fragments after 71 dies from plane crash

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MNA International Desk: Emergency workers in Russia searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, looking for body fragments and clues after a fatal plane crash a day earlier killed all 71 people on board. President Vladimir Putin has ordered a special commission to investigate what caused the AN-148 plane operated by Saratov Airlines to crash outside Moscow shortly after taking off for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 900 miles (1,500 km) southeast of the capital. Among the possible causes investigators are looking into are weather conditions, human error and the plane’s technical condition. The plane’s crew ...

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Supermarket blast injures 10 in Russia

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MNA International Desk: A homemade bomb blast at a supermarket in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg injured 10 people Wednesday, reported news agency. “According to preliminary information, an explosion of an unidentified object occurred in a store,” Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said in a statement. The blast was caused by a “homemade explosive device with the power equivalent to 200 grammes of TNT filled with lethal fragments,” she said. “The investigation is looking at all possible causes of what happened,” she said, adding that a probe for attempted murder had been launched. “Ten people have been hospitalised, their ...

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Donald Trump shrugs off Flynn guilty plea

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MNA International Desk: Donald Trump on Saturday shrugged off the bombshell news that his former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with a special prosecutor probing Russian election meddling. As the Russia probe overshadowed his big legislative win, the Senate’s passing of landmark tax cuts, Trump again insisted he and his campaign had not colluded with Russia. Trump also suggested he has been holding back something important regarding what he knew at the time of ex-security adviser Michael Flynn’s firing. “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President ...

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Ex-Trump campaign chairman charged in Russia probe

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MNA International Desk: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates have been told to surrender to federal authorities on Monday on charges related to an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in 2016 US Presidential election, a senior US official said. Manafort and Gates were indicted under seal on Friday, CNN reported. The indictments were expected to be unsealed later on Monday. The extent of the charges was not immediately known. The charges against two top officials from President Donald Trump’s campaign signaled a dramatic new phase of special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation ...

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Bangladesh joins World Youth Festival

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A nine-day World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) 2017 began in Sochi of Russia on Saturday. More than 100 delegates are representing Bangladesh at the international forum which will continue till 22 October, said a Rosatom press release on Sunday. Over 20,000 young people, aged between 18 and 35, from 150 countries, including Bangladesh, gathered in Sochi, the city which hosted the Winter Olympic Games and Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2014, it added. Russian nuclear agency Rosatom, which has been engaged in Bangladesh as the contractor of 2400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Project, ...

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Messi lifts Argentina into World Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: A hat-trick from Lionel Messi carried Argentina to a 3-1 win over Ecuador on Tuesday and booked their place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. With Argentina facing the dire possibility of missing out on a World Cup for the first time since 1970, their brilliant captain delivered when it matter most with three goals in the rarefied air of Quito. The twice World Cup winners finished third in the 10-team South American group, going through with Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia as the automatic qualifiers, while Peru grabbed a playoff place against Oceania champions New ...

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Russia, China will play active roles: Quader

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday hoped both Russia and China will play active roles in settling the Rohingya crisis. “Bangladesh has friendly relations with both Russia and China. So, we cannot expect double standard role from them over the Rohingya issue,” he made the comment while visiting Puja mandap at Dakeshwari National Temple in the city. Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, said over five lakh Rohingyas entered Bangladesh after the latest round of army offensive since August 25 this year. “It is really a great challenge for us. We need support ...

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Confederations Cup: Ronaldo strikes as Portugal down Russia

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MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off the tax storm clouding his Real Madrid future by scoring the only goal of the game as Portugal beat hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday. The 32-year-old netted after just eight minutes to give the Euro 2016 winners their first victory in Group A as they leapfrog Russia in the standings. Group rivals Mexico and New Zealand meet later in Sochi. The Portuguese camp had insisted ahead of this game that their skipper was focused solely on matters on the field in Russia despite the speculation surrounding his future at ...

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China, Russia veto UN resolution over Syria sanctions

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MNA International Desk: Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use; in the first clash at the Security Council since US President Donald Trump took office. The twin vetoes came as peace talks in Geneva showed no signs of progress on ending the nearly six-year war in Syria. It was the seventh time that Russia, Syria’s top military ally, has used its veto power to shield the Damascus regime. China has backed Moscow by using its veto six times on Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ahead ...

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Russia to host the draw of 2018 World Cup finals

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MNA Sports Desk: The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on 1 December, the country’s Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said on Monday. Mutko, Russia’s deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football’s ruling body later confirmed. Mutko’s announcement was endorsed by FIFA: ‘FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) can confirm that the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place on 1 December in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow. ‘This prestigious entertainment venue with ...

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CIA concludes Russia interfered to help Trump

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MNA International Desk: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has determined that Russia did in fact try to help Donald Trump win the US presidency rather than work to simply interfere with the election, according to a secret report conducted by the agency. A secret CIA assessment found that Russian operatives covertly interfered in the election campaign in an attempt to ensure the Republican candidate’s victory, the Washington Post reported, citing officials briefed on the matter. A separate report in the New York Times said intelligence officials had a “high confidence” that Russia was involved in hacking related to the election. ...

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‘Jalaler Golpo’ wins international award in Russia

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MNA Culture & Entertainments Desk: Bangladeshi film ‘Jalaler Golpo’ (Jalal’s Story) has secured an international award in Russia, reported news agency. The film bagged the Grand Prix – Silver Akbuzat Best Film at the third edition of the International Festival of National and Ethnic Cinema in the Russian city of Ufa. Abu Shahed Emon received the award at the closing ceremony of the festival on Friday. Jalal’s Story is a 2014 Bengali film directed by Abu Shahed Emon and produced by Faridur Reza Sagar. The film’s name character actors Arafat Rahman and Mohammad Emon were in the lead roles. The ...

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World leaders at ASEM to support Hasina government

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MNA National Desk: World leaders, at the 11th Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, expressed their eagerness to support Hasina government in any situation as news agencies reported. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said that her government would take help from Russia, if necessary, in fighting extremism and militancy. Hasina said this when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held two-sided talks with her on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit here. Medvedev offered to stay beside Bangladesh at its dangerous time if there is any terrorist attack. Foreign secretary M. Shahidul Haque said, numerous topics on bilateral ...

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Wales reach knockout stages of the European Championship

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MNA Sports Desk: Gareth Bale scored three goals in three games as Wales overawed Russia 3-0 on Monday to reach the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time. Since the 1958 World Cup, Wales challenged expectations to win Group B ahead of England and send Russia home with an exciting counter-attacking display that rested on more than just the talents of Bale. “I’ve never seen a better performance from any Wales team than I saw tonight. As a nation geographically we are small but if you judge us by passion, you could say we were a continent ...

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Moscow summons French ambassador over Euro 2016

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MNA Sports Desk: According to reports, Moscow summons the French ambassador over the issue of an ‘anti-Russian’ Euro 2016. Soccer fan violence fallen into global politics as this was done after the imprisonments of Russians at Euro 2016 and it was warned that an ‘anti-Russian’ mood could even harm relations between Russia and France. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, blamed other countries’ soccer fans of ‘unconditionally challenging actions’ at the tournament, such as crushing on the Russian flag. In the meantime the epicenter of soccer violence at Euro 2016 moved from the south of France to the far north. Police used ...

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England and Russia fans clash at Euro 2016

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MNA Sports Desk: Fans of England and Russia clash before and after their match at Euro 2016 last night. Clashes break out in the stands during the Group B football match between England and Russia. One England supporter was seriously injured in Marseille after being kicked repeatedly in the head, while another is reported to be in critical condition. A number of other fans were also in hospital, the British ambassador to France said early on Sunday, after a day and night of chaos in the French city. It is understood that UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over the stadium ...

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