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Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

MOSCOW: The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia's bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow's intervention in Syria. The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine. It is an $11.5-billion (9.7-billion-euro) gamble…