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MP Ross misses parliamentary debate to monitor Messi

LONDON (Reuters) - While his parliamentary colleagues debate a new welfare payment system in Westminster, MP Douglas Ross will be in Barcelona's dazzling Nou Camp stadium, focusing on whether Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have strayed offside.

Kremlin chastises Russian soccer team over champagne party

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin chastised the Russian national soccer team on Wednesday, describing the behaviour of some players as "a conceited disgrace" after they were filmed partying in a Monaco nightclub after crashing out of the Euro 2016 tournament.

Azerbaijan blocks critical Amnesty visit before European Games

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan has blocked a visit by Amnesty International at which it planned to highlight human rights abuses in the south Caucasian republic as it prepares to host the inaugural European Games, Amnesty said on Wednesday.

Baku ready for European Games amid human rights concerns

BAKU (Reuters) - The European Games, the first major multi-sports event of the continent, are set to kick off in Azerbaijan's Baku on Friday as gleaming new sports venues await 6,000 athletes, lured by qualification spots for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

UAE to host first stage of 2014 IPL -organisers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will host the first leg of this year's Indian Premier League cricket (IPL), the organisers said on Wednesday.

Klitschko knocks talk of Charr appeal

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Vitaly Klitschko has dismissed an appeal by Manuel Charr over his defeat in Saturday's WBC world heavyweight title fight, saying the German would have been

Klitschko knocks talk of Charr appeal

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Vitaly Klitschko has dismissed an appeal by Manuel Charr over his defeat in Saturday's WBC world heavyweight title fight, saying the German would have been

Olympics sees London mayor's popularity bloom

LONDON (Reuters) - London's maverick mayor Boris Johnson is riding high in opinion polls, his popularity apparently bolstered by the Olympic Games, making him - at least in some quarters - the favoured candidate to replace Prime Minister David Cameron one day.

Belarus frees journalist, seen as gesture to Poland

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus officials conditionally released a Polish newspaper correspondent from jail on Saturday in a move seen as easing tensions before a likely meeting between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Polish counterpart at the Euro 2012 football final.

Egypt court rules parliament vote system unconstitutional

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court has ruled that the voting system that elected the new parliament was unconstitutional, creating a fresh source of uncertainty as Egypt tries to set up a governing system a year after Hosni Mubarak was toppled.