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    Spain survive ‘heart attack’ game against feisty Iran

    Spain had to throw their usual game plan out of the window against doggedly defensive Iran in World Cup Group B but they felt all the stronger after grabbing a scrappy 1-0 victory on Wednesday. “It's so difficult to play against a team that only wants to close you down, but these are the types of games that win you a World Cup,” said defender Dani Carvajal after Diego Costa's rebounded goal took them level with Portugal on top of Group B. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo described the match in Kazan as “a heart attack game” while daily Marca declared: “We suffered but the wall fell down”. AS called Spain “leaders of the rebound” while newspaper Sport thanked the existence of video technology which ruled out a potential Iran equaliser for offside, declaring “Long Live VAR!” on its cover.

  • CNN

    Are Beyoncé and Jay-Z's album lyrics settling scores?

    Bey and Jay are famously private. So when "Girls Trip" star Haddish spilled tea about another star who allegedly tried to step to Jay and then bit Beyoncé on the face, there was a collective gasp from the Beyhive. On "Heard About Us" the couple has these lines: "Yeah, we the ones that you heard about/Make big noise, big noise/We don't need no voucher/Yeah, we the one's y'all worried about/We good, we good, keep us out your mouth." (Haddish is a celebrity spokesperson for Groupon). Fans also thought Queen Bey was shading Haddish months ago with a line in the DJ Khaled song "Top Off." "If they tryna party with the queen they gonna have to sign a non-disclosure," Beyoncé says in the song. Kanye

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    Spain grind out win over Iran as big teams labor in Russia

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    Yemen rebels vow to fight on after Hudaida airport defeat

    Yemen's Houthi rebels have vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hudaida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step towards retaking the port city following a week-long battle. Rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi called for reinforcements to repel the advance of the Saudi and UAE-backed government forces, after ongoing fighting left nearly 350 people dead. "We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented," he said via the rebels' Al-Masirah news outlet. Saudi-Emirati coalition forces announced the capture of Hudaida airport on Wednesday morning, a day after breaking through the perimeter fence. The airport was disused but it housed a

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    Iran lose to Spain, but Iranian women celebrate landmark moment

    According to the Twitter account of Tara Sepehri Far -- quoting Iranian news sources -- at one point the screening had been canceled. "But the doors are now open and screening will happen. Just unnecessary drama, anger and inconvenience for the fans who had bought tickets," tweeted Sepehri Far, who works as a Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher. Iranian women cheer for their national team during the screening at Azadi stadium in the capital, Tehran. HRW has criticized the ban on women, which also runs counter to the FIFA statues, which prohibit gender discrimination. Article Four says discrimination of any kind is "punishable by suspension or expulsion." However, it remains to be seen whether

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    The week in 24 photos

    A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched and detained in McAllen, Texas, near the US-Mexico border. They had rafted across the Rio Grande and were stopped by US Border Patrol agents, according to Getty Images photographer John Moore. The photo went viral this past week as an example of the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. The administration has said it will refer everyone caught crossing the border illegally for prosecution, even if they are claiming to deserve asylum or have small children.

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    Germany’s Merkel calls for solutions to Iran’s ‘aggressive tendencies’

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile program and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East. “Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently” she said after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman.