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France wins World Cup

 France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on Sunday. France and Croatia have previously played each other five times. France won three of those games; the other two finished in a draw. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Ben Zimmer, For The Pitt News

July 18, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup came to a close Sunday as France defeated Croatia 4-2 to claim its second World Cup trophy.

World Cup recap: Brazil struggles, England and Belgium impress

Officials attend a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a 1,000-day countdown until the start of the 2018 World Cup in September 2015. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

June 27, 2018

Since the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia June 14, there have been a number of surprising and exciting results — as expected from such a high-stakes global competition. Between upsets, underachieving squads and tournament favorites, here’s a recap of the most pertinent storylines of the World Cup thu...

Column: Hosting World Cup in Russia is dangerous for LGBTQ+ fans

Russian president Vladimir Putin holds the FIFA World Cup Trophy at a pre-tournament ceremony in Moscow in September 2017. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

June 13, 2018

Professional sports environments aren’t traditionally safe spaces for LGBTQ+ athletes and fans — especially in Russia, where policies outlawing “gay propaganda” have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights as “discriminatory.” With the 2018 World Cup games quickly approachin...

Scandals trump news that matters

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Staff Illustrator)

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

March 29, 2018

You may or may not have heard about the school shooting that took place last week at Great Mills High School in Maryland. Two students were shot, and the teenage murderer committed suicide briefly after. The day of the shooting, my friend in the area was shocked and feared for her community. But when s...

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but memes should never hurt us

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Neena Hagen, For The Pitt News

November 9, 2017

The Senate is used to strange occurrences, but Nov. 1, our legislators discussed a group of memes which are purportedly evidence for Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. The U.S. intelligence community thinks the memes were part of a sophisticated network of propaganda used to suppo...

Analysis: How a 1999 NATO operation turned Russia against the West

(Illustration by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Christian Snyder, Assistant Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017

The name Boris Yeltsin should ring a bell, whether it brings to mind images of him leaping upon a tank during a coup in 1991 Moscow or standing drunk in his underpants in Washington, D.C. in 1995. Yeltsin, the first president of the Russian Federation, may be remembered for his drinking habits, but...

Putin announces cut of 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, stepping up confrontation over sanctions

By Laura King and Sabra Ayres | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 31, 2017

Touching off the Kremlin's most serious diplomatic confrontation with Washington since President Donald Trump took office six months ago, President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff by 755, by far the biggest such forced reduction...

Donald Trump Jr. emails reveal knowledge of Russian government offer to aid father’s campaign

By David S. Cloud | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 11, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. was offered "high level and sensitive information" in June 2016 as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," according to emails he released Tuesday. The emails said a person described as a Russian government attorney had "official documents and information" that...

Sessions said to suggest resigning as tensions grow with Trump

By Chris Strohm | Bloomberg News (TNS)

June 7, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had suggested in the past several weeks he might resign amid a widening rift with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Sessions has come under fire from the president over his recusal from an investigation of Russian meddling in...

Lots of smoke but no fire yet in US-Russia investigation

By Del Quentin Wilber and David S. Cloud | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

March 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, a pugilistic Republican political operative who cut his teeth under President Richard Nixon, didn’t attend Monday’s dramatic congressional hearing into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race, but he played a starring role anyway. Democrats took turns s...

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