Posts Tagged Eastern Europe

Rights groups criticize Azerbaijan ahead of European Games

GENEVA (AP) — With the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku 100 days away, human rights groups on Wednesday called on host nation Azerbaijan to release political prisoners held on “trumped up” charges.

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Dynamo Kiev must close stadium section for Everton visit

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kiev to close part of the Olympic Stadium when the club hosts Everton in the Europa League because of fan disorder.

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Russian soccer official says country must tackle racism

In this file photo taken on Sunday, July 13, 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a soccer ball during the official ceremony of handover to Russia as the 2018 World Cup hosts, after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a dossier provided to The Associated Press revealed on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for UEFA, cataloged more than 200 cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian football across two seasons.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia needs to crack down on racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup, the general secretary of the Russian Football Union said Tuesday.

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Fenninger strikes again: Wins super-G in Bulgaria

Julia Mancuso, of United States, competes during the second run of an alpine ski World Cup women's super-combined event, in Bansko, Bulgaria, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — With less than three weeks of competition left, Anna Fenninger is on a roll.

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Lindsey Vonn criticizes FIS after racing in fog in Bulgaria

Third placed Lindsey Vonn, of United States, reacts in the finish area after an alpine ski World Cup women's super-G event, in Bansko, Bulgaria, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

BANKSO, Bulgaria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn criticized the International Ski Federation Monday for allowing skiers to race in foggy conditions in Bulgaria.

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