Eight years after it was awarded the right to host the football World Cup, Russia says it is ready for kick-off in the month-long competition. But with the total World Cup budget having been increased no less than 12 times and allegations of corruption surrounding stadium construction, how ready is Russia to host one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions? Henry Ridgwell reports.
The Greek and Macedonian prime ministers have reached a deal that could resolve the 27-year dispute between the two Balkan nations about the former Yugoslav republic's name. Greece has objected to its neighbor's use of the name Macedonia, saying it could lead to territorial and other claims on a Greek province by the same name. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports people of both countries will have a final say about the agreement reached by their leaders.
Spain announced Monday that it will allow a ship carrying 629 migrants to dock in Valencia. The rescue ship Aquarius has been in international waters since picking up the migrants from a smuggler's vessel off the coast of Libya. Malta and Italy refused to let it dock, saying they cannot cope with more migrants and refugees. It is not clear whether the rescue ship can make the 1,400-kilometer journey to Valencia and what awaits migrants once they disembark in the European Union country.