• In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo the stadium which will host some 2018 World Cup matches, under construction in St.Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, July 18, 2016, has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

    Putin orders officials to speed up WCup stadium construction

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal.