FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there was a deal in place for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup - before the vote took place.
The 79-year-old Blatter is serving a 90-day ban alongside Uefa chief Michel Platini.
Asked whether it was a mistake to hold voting for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments simultaneously, Blatter replied that before the ballot: "It was agreed inside the group that we go to Russia because it has never been to eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America.
"And so we …
Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secretary and Hyatt Hotel heiress, visits her great-grandfather's birthplace in central Ukraine.
This is the first time Pritzker is visiting the small town of Velyki Pryts'ky, 50 miles southeast of Kyiv, with a population of just 800. Pritzker's great-grandfather emigrated from Ukraine to the US over one hundred years ago
After the informal press conference she was whisked off on a tour of the town by a rabbi.
Local residents were in awe of the high-profile …
As reported by StopFake.org, Russia has been concealing its military casualties as part of propaganda war.
In the four weeks since Russia entered the conflict in Syria, Moscow has waged a fierce campaign for the hearts and minds of ordinary Russians.
Public support for the Syria intervention was initially limited. But as Russian war correspondents have filed patriotic reports from the urban front lines, and the defense ministry has posted bombing videos on social media, support has increased, …
As reported by a military spokesman Oleksandr Zavtonov, a Ukrainian soldier was killed by fire from Russia-backed separatists near the Donetsk airport on October 26.
It is the first reported Ukrainian military death since mid-October, as the fragile cease-fire negotiated in Minsk in February has generally held.
At the same time a separatists spokesman accused the Ukrainian military of launching an attack on the airport. Officials in Kyiv denied that claim.
AFP reported that local residents …
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will fly to Kyiv today.The Commerce Department noted that upon arriving in Kiev, Pritzker will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and will discuss "progress on the country’s ambitious economic reform agenda."
"During the bilateral talks, Prime Minister of Ukraine and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce will discuss the Ukraine government’s program of economic reforms, the major achievements of the parties …