Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - FILE
Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - FILE

Egypt Today's world news brief

Wed, Jun. 13, 2018
CAIRO – 13 June 2018: Egypt Today brings you the latest top of the hour news from around the world over the past 24 hours in this round-up.

Macedonian PM Zaev confirms "historic" name deal reached with Greece

Macedonia agreed to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia after reaching a historic deal with Greece on their decades-old dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic's name, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday.

Zaev said resolving the long-standing issue would open Macedonia's access to NATO and the European Union.

"There is no way back," Zaev told a news conference after a telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras who had earlier announced the breakthrough on the name.

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FILE PHOTO: Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev gives a news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan

Kremlin says all welcome when asked about U.S. World Cup invite

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was responding to a journalist who asked if Putin would invite officials from North America to Moscow if the United States won a bid to host a future soccer World Cup.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 21, 2017 - REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

Hariri to discuss Lebanese-Russian relations in talks with Putin

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Hariri's office said.

Talks between the two countries will cover the latest developments on the Lebanese front as well as Lebanese-Russian relations; Hariri will then attend the football tournament's inaugural match on Thursday, pitting Russia against his longtime backer, Saudi Arabia.

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Saad al-Hariri who suspended his decision to resign as prime minister talks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aziz Taher TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time.

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One congress member voted for "neither bid."; The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russia on Thursday.

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Officials, led by Chairman of the 2026 Morocco Bid Committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Moulay Hafid Elalamy (R), take part in a presentation during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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