The people of Syria have suffered greatly during a long, brutal civil war. But now there is a chink of light – in the form of football. Syria has never played in a World Cup, but that might be about to change now that they have reached the playoffs.
The never-completed TV tower in Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city, has been razed ahead of the soccer tournament. Popular with locals, officials said the 220-meter structure "disfigured the city landscape."
Football's law-making body, the IFAB, has given the green light for the use of VAR technology at this year's World Cup. Critics say the system could slow games down.
There are 100 days to go until the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia. Here is everything you need to know, from key dates and figures to why you should pay attention to the predictions of a deaf cat from St. Petersburg.
Germany's top police authority has found evidence that Islamist terrorist groups may target the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The agency also pointed to Russia's hooligan scene as a source of violence.
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