The US wants to leave this American in Syria with $4,210 and no passport

    (CNN)After two days of walking in the Syrian desert, one fitful night sleeping in a mud hut and a failed attempt to bribe a local into vouching for him to get safe passage out of ISIS territory, it looked like the man was en route to freedom on the back of a water truck. The Kurds had set up the checkpoint to stop Islamic State fighters from fleeing the area by hiding with groups of refugees. The soldier was suspicious of the man, who had a long beard, stylish clothing and a duffel bag containing a Quran, a GPS device, flash drives, $4,210 in cash and, oddly, a snorkel mask and a scuba certification card. The Americans took him to a safe house for two days of interrogations by government agents.

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    Women finally allowed in Iran football stadium

    To the sound of horns, chanting and laughing, women were finally allowed inside football stadiums in Iran on Wednesday, fulfilling lifelong dreams of watching a game. The last time women were able to attend a football match in Iran was in 1979, but on Wednesday female fans entered the Azadi stadium in Tehran to watch their team play Spain in the 2018 World Cup. Following the match the Azadi stadium said "there will be no problem" for women hoping to watch a screening of Iran's upcoming match, against Portugal on Monday. Selfies taken by women inside the grounds circulated on social media and the Iranian football team tweeted a photo of a young woman in the stands holding the national flag.

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    How Janet Jackson fought depression and found happiness

    Jackson describes feeling unhappy about her appearance as a child. "I wasn't happy with the way I looked. For most of my life, that lack of happiness followed me," she writes. "I wish someone had said, 'You look fine. You look healthy. Being a little chubby is the least important thing in the world. Enjoy your childhood. Enjoy running and laughing and playing. Stop looking in the mirror and comparing yourself to others." She says feelings of "despair" continued into her adult life. "In my forties: Like millions of women in the world, I still heard voices inside my head berating me, voices questioning my value," Jackson writes. "Happiness was elusive. A reunion with old friends might make me happy.

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    Qatari authorities detain Kuwaiti goalkeeper at Doha airport

    Kuwaiti goalkeeper, Nawaf al-Khaldi, was detained by security personnel at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on Tuesday. In a video posted on Twitter, Khaldi said his mobile phone, along with all his electronic devices, were seized, and he was not allowed to contact anyone: neither his parents or family, nor the Kuwaiti embassy. “They assaulted me in Qatar’s airport and took my phones and prevented me from contacting the embassy. Khaldi’s lawyer Hussain al-Asfour told Al Arabiya on Wednesday that “the incident will not pass”, noting that Khaldi is very distant from politics, and what happened at the airport distorts his reputation.

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    Eva Longoria welcomes her first child

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced in November that baby no. 2 was on its way. On May 17 she hinted that their son had arrived, tweeting "'Somebody's herrrrrrre" and followed up days later with a photo of new baby is, Miles Theodore Stephens (Legend's legal name is John Stephens). Daughter Luna was born in April 2016.

  • Kuwait Times

    Diego Costa on target as Spain beat Iran 1-0

    KAZAN ARENA: A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset yesterday. The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16. Costa, who scored twice in a 3-3 opening draw with Portugal in Sochi, courted controversy early in the Group B encounter when he stepped on the toes of Iran ‘keeper Ali Beiranvand as he waited to kick the ball out. His gesture went unpunished, and the Atletico Madrid striker required another stroke of luck on 54 minutes when his shot came off Ramin Rezaeian to beat Beiranvand after he had been sent through by Andres Iniesta. The entire Iranian bench poured

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    Mohammed Bin Salman: One year as Saudi crown prince

    It has been one year since the appointment of Mohammed Bin Salman as Saudi crown prince, shaking up Saudi domestic and foreign policies in an unprecedented way. The 33-year old, described by those around him as ambitious if not rash, wasted no time in consolidating his power while simultaneously reinventing his image into a reformist and as a symbol of moderate Islam. MBS, as he is colloquially known, is believed to be behind the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The move to cut ties with Qatar was mainly driven by Mohammed Bin Salman and the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), and which seems to have achieved nothing significant