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Krstajic injects youth into Serbia's World Cup squad

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic named several uncapped prospects in his provisional 27-man World Cup squad on Thursday at the expense of stalwarts who failed to impress in friendlies after they qualified for the 32-nation tournament.


Russian military says had nothing to do with downing of flight MH17 - Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday it had nothing to do with the downing of a plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.


Valencia make Kondogbia move from Inter Milan permanent

(Reuters) - Spanish top-flight club Valencia have turned the loan of midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Inter Milan into a permanent move, signing the player until 2022, the La Liga side said on Thursday.


Merkel woos China as Trump poses new trade challenge

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it would "open its door wider" to German businesses, giving a warm reception to visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has wooed Beijing to counterbalance trade threats from U.S. President Donald Trump.


Germany's Neuer injury-free at start of pre-World Cup camp - Loew

EPPAN, Italy (Reuters) - Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is on track to regain full fitness in time for next month's World Cup after recovering from a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, national team coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.


U.S. intelligence officials to brief lawmakers on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, including some Democrats, will receive briefings from FBI and intelligence officials on Thursday on the FBI probe into Russian election meddling after President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims about an informant being used against him.


Kremlin says any counter sanctions to take account of investor sentiment

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that any Russian counter sanctions against the West would take investor sentiment into account and played down worries they would hurt the economy.


Investigators have identified Russian military unit in MH17 downing

BUNNIK, NETHERLANDS (Reuters) - Prosecutors investigating the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from Russia's armed forces.


Halilhodzic launches JFA law suit, thinks Japan soccer boss acted illegally

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic launched a law suit against the country's football association and its president Kozo Tashima on Thursday, saying he was fired illegally just two months before the World Cup.


Russians to take no part in World Cup drug testing - FIFA

(Reuters) - Russians will not be involved in drug testing procedures at the World Cup as FIFA looks to reassure teams that samples cannot be tampered with, the governing body's medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooghe has told the Times newspaper.