MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days, according to the Kremlin. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move and Putin is to sign the relevant bill into law.
Veteran defender Gareth McAuley has been recalled into the Northern Ireland (NI) squad ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Norway slated for October.The 37-year old had earlier missed last month’s victories over San Marino and Czech Republic as a result of a thigh injury.Another NI defender in Craig Cathcart didn’t make the 26-man squad because of a knee injury but there are call-ups for uncapped pair Jordan Jones and George Saville.Martin O’Neill’s team currently occupy the second spot in Group C behind Germany and only a win would suffice if they want to emerge as group winners having already sealed a top-two spot.NI host Group C leaders Germany on October 5 and failure to beat the world champions mean they will have to settle for a playoff berth. They face Norway in Oslo three days later for their last game in Group C.McAuley, who has scored 9 goals in 72 appearances, was forced off with a recurrence of a thigh injury during June’s qualifier victory over Azerbaijan and is now expected to start in place of Cathcart against the Germans in Belfast.Speaking about his squad, O’Neill said: “Gareth would always be a big miss. His game time has been limited but McAuley is always one who you want in your squad.”“Germany couldn’t be more difficult – we couldn’t have the game though at a better time and we have nothing to lose.“After the players experienced the Euros, we want to experience a World Cup. But we have lots of work to do yet.“Jordan Jones is quick, he’s the sort of player fans will love. It’s a great opportunity for him and he is only 22.” he added.Northern Ireland squad:Goalkeepers: McGovern (Norwich City), Mannus (St Johnstone), Carroll (Linfield)Defenders: Hughes (Hearts), G McAuley (West Brom), Evans (West Brom), Brunt (West Brom), C McLaughlin (Millwall), Hodson (Rangers), A Thompson (Bradford City loan), D Lafferty (Sheffield United), Flanagan (Burton Albion)Midfielders: Davis (Southampton), McGinn (Gwangju), Norwood (Fulham loan), C Evans (Blackburn), Ferguson (Millwall), Dallas (Leeds), Lund (Burton Albion), Paton (St Johnstone), J Jones (Kilmarnock), G Saville (Millwall)Strikers: K Lafferty (Hearts), Magennis (Charlton), Washington (QPR), McCartan (Bradford City)RelatedNI Blow: Veteran Defender Out Of Germany ClashOctober 4, 2017In “FIFA”Coleman Names 23-Man Squad For Upcoming World Cup QualifiersSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): England, Germany Secure Final SpotsOctober 6, 2017In “Europe”