Russia Qualifies For World Cup With Draw

Russia finished on top of Group F with 22 points, one point ahead of second-place Portugal which beat 10-man Luxembourg 3-0 and will go into next month’s European playoffs for a berth in Brazil. The Russians last qualified for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002, but under coach Fabio Capello they quickly secured the group’s top spot and held it as Portugal once again came up short. “Russia was the best team. They were better than us,” Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. “We needed to demonstrate better quality if we wanted the top spot.” In Baku, Roman Shirokov gave Russia the lead in the 16th minute from a cutting pass from Alexander Samedov. Vagif Javadov headed in the equalizer in the 90th. Azerbaijan was reduced to 10 men in the 73rd when Maksim Medvedev was given a red card for a rough tackle. “I’m satisfied with this qualifying campaign,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said. “With such a strong opponent as Portugal in our group, we grabbed the top place.” Capello still had some concerns, saying it was the third time that Russia conceded a goal in the last minute. “We should look ahead and improve our game,” he said. Portugal also had to go through the playoffs to qualify for its last two major tournaments, the 2012 European Championship and 2010 World Cup. It was a semifinalist at Euro 2012. The Portuguese have been dogged by inconsistency. They have won just eight of their 16 qualifiers and friendly games since Euro 2012.

Yandex Movie Gambit Widens Gap to Baidu: Russia Overnight

The company is trading at 34.7 times earnings, 18 percent above Baidus multiple, the biggest gap in a month. The Bloomberg Russia-US Equity Index of the most-traded Russian companies in the U.S. rallied to an eight-month high in New York, led by VimpelCom Ltd (VIP) and OAO Gazprom. (OGZPY) RTS stock-index futures (VEA) gained in U.S. hours. Yandex, which gets most of its revenue from online advertising, bought the KinoPoisk movie-rating site on Oct. 15. The Russian company increased its share of the online search market to 62.2 percent last month, the highest since August 2011, while Google Inc.s portion was unchanged at 26 percent, according to LiveInternet.ru. Baidu has made five acquisitions over the past year to maintain its lead among China s Internet companies as Qihoo 360 Technology Co. gains ground. Yandex deserves a premium rating in my book because it has better earnings growth, Julian Rimmer, a trader with CF Global Trading UK Ltd. in London , said by e-mail yesterday. They are successfully monetizing different business lines. Baidu, Chinas second-largest Internet company by market value after Hong Kong-listed Tencent Holdings Ltd., paid $1.85 billion for app store 91 wireless in July and bought a stake in group-deal site Nuomi.com for $160 million in August.

Brazil to ask Russia for permission to question Edward Snowden

Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. (AP Photo)The Associated Press In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. Snowden, who is charged by a U.S. court with violating the Espionage Act for disclosing the classified NSA programs, has been granted asylum in Russia. (AP Photo)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil’s Federal Police and a Senate investigative panel said Tuesday they want to question National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to learn more about the spying program that targeted Latin America’s biggest country. According to information leaked by Snowden, President Dilma Rousseff’s communications with aides were intercepted, the computer network of state-run oil company Petrobras was hacked and data on billions of emails and telephone calls flowing through Brazil were monitored by the NSA. “For our investigation, questioning Snowden is a top priority,” said Jose Alberto Freitas, the head of the intelligence sector of Brazil’s Federal Police, before a Senate committee investigating the NSA spy program. “He could provide technical details that will help our investigation advance.” Ricardo Ferraco, who heads the committee, said that on Thursday he will ask the Russian government for permission to speak to Snowden via a video conference. Snowden received asylum in Russia in August.