With one year to go before the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi hosts the Winter Olympic Games, a countdown clock was unveiled in Moscow. The project has been dogged by allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
Four weeks of football mania, street parties and exceptionally friendly police: Many Russians don't want the World Cup to end. So will any of the changes in the country's host cities stick?
Nearly 70 percent of Germans polled think the chancellor should travel to Russia for the soccer tournament. Germans appear to have softened their attitudes toward Russia since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Day 7 in Pyeongchang saw the hosts claim their second gold medal of the games, but there was disappointment in the women's slalom for favorite Mikaela Shiffrin and Germany veteran Claudia Pechstein in the speed skating.
The Winter Olympics are underway in South Korea. Almost 3,000 athletes from 92 countries, including 169 "Olympic Athletes from Russia," and both Koreas appearing under one flag, took part in the opening ceremony.
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