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Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup's Provincial Cities

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Olga B. Kalinina and Albina Marunova live in the socialist town, a collection of low-rise Soviet cottages that sit along the highway that links the airport with the center of their city, one of 11 in Russia that hosted matches at this summer’s World Cup.

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World Cup's spirit of openness rubs off on some Russians

MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Reuters) - The World Cup has been an eye-opener for Russian waitress Lena Tikhomirova: mingling with visiting fans and experiencing new cultures has whetted her curiosity and now she plans to live abroad.

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World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division

LONDON — In the giddy aftermath of England’s 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Sweden in the World Cup on Saturday, Andy Ward staggered out of a pub and into a tattoo parlor. He stripped off his shirt and bared his chest to a shaver. Then a tattoo artist etched St. George’s Cross — the English flag — over his heart.

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Circus artists in knots watching Russia's heart-breaking defeat

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Is there anything more unlucky than having to work when your country are playing in the World Cup quarter-finals?

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Need a World Cup mural? Russian paints giant portrait of his wife on Moscow wall

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a Russian advertising agency tasked with decorating Moscow facades ahead of the soccer World Cup used the opportunity to commission a 12-storey high mural of his wife.

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Nigeria fans heartbroken after World Cup exit

LAGOS (Reuters) - Supporters of Nigeria's soccer team described their heartbreak after watching the elimination of the national side from the World Cup on Tuesday following a late Argentina goal.

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Once-closed Russian city opens doors for the World Cup

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - During the Soviet era, foreigners were prohibited from entering the closed city of Nizhny Novgorod, the site of secret weapons programmes and the city where the famous dissident Andrei Sakharov was sent into internal exile.

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Ukrainian artist paints Russia's World Cup in grisly light

KIEV (Reuters) - Soccer players at the World Cup will not be kicking skulls around the field, but that is what they are doing in posters created by a Ukrainian artist as a protest against the event being held in Russia.

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Street painting of 'Egyptian King' Salah unveiled in Liverpool

LONDON (Reuters) - A street mural of footballer Mohamed Salah was painted in Liverpool on Friday ahead of his team's Champions League final against Real Madrid, replicating images that have popped up across Egypt.

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World Cup divides fans with 'Live It Up' Will Smith anthem

LONDON (Reuters) - Soccer's World Cup organisers divided fans by releasing the tournament's official song on Friday - a fast-paced dance tune titled "Live It Up" featuring American actor and rapper Will Smith.