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Russia Defends Plan to House World Cup Teams in Chechnya

World Cup organizers in Russia have defended the possibility of housing teams for the 2018 World Cup in the country's volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chechnya. The Chechen capital of Grozny is on a preliminary list of team bases for the tournament despite an incident in December when Islamist militants waged a gun battle with police that left at least 20 dead.   Another possible city is Makhachkala in the neighboring region of Dagestan, which also has a long-running...

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