Katya Sharova is an interpreter and German teacher from Samara, Russia. She visited the city of Freiburg im Breisgau during a two-week student exchange program.
Russians are embracing their role as hosts for jubilent soccer fans. While some commentators say the international guests will help dispel Western media myths, others argue the exchange could undermine Kremlin control.
A number of migrants from Asia and Africa have taken advantage of the World Cup in Russia to try and reach the EU. Several have made it across to Finland, according to a German media report.
Russia has carried out its first airstrikes in southwest Syria in support of an Assad regime offensive. The battlefield space is one of the most geopolitically complex and explosive in the seven-year war.
New Zealand plans to introduce a tourist tax to expand its infrastructure as visitor numbers grow. Entry visas will become more expensive this November.
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