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

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    'I was petrified by gagging incident'

    A woman who was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues at a Scottish government agency said the incident left her "petrified". DeeAnn Fitzpatrick claimed a decade of bullying at Marine Scotland's Scrabster office made her contemplate suicide. In her first interview, the fisheries officer, who is originally from Canada, told BBC Scotland she was left "broken" by her experiences. She said she was "morally and mentally destroyed". Last month BBC Scotland told how the 49-year-old said she was targeted as a result of blowing the whistle on a threatening and misogynistic culture at the fishing industry watchdog's office on the far north Caithness coast. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced

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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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    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.

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    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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    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.