Elnaz Rekabi: Iranian athlete’s family home demolished by officials, media reports

Elnaz Rekabi: Iranian athlete’s family home demolished by officials, media reports

CNN — The family home of Iranian mountaineer Elnaz Rekabi was demolished after she came to international attention this fall for competing with her head uncovered, according to pro-reform news outlet IranWire. Rekabi raced without a hijab in South Korea in October, just as Iran was hit by anti-regime protests following the death of 22-year-old … Read more

Elnaz Rekabi: Iranian athlete’s family home demolished by officials, media reports

Elnaz Rekabi: Iranian athlete’s family home demolished by officials, media reports

CNN — The family home of Iranian mountaineer Elnaz Rekabi was demolished after she came to international attention this fall for competing with her head uncovered, according to pro-reform news outlet IranWire. Rekabi raced without a hijab in South Korea in October, just as Iran was hit by anti-regime protests following the death of 22-year-old … Read more

Iran protesters celebrate World Cup defeat as players fear return

Iran protesters celebrate World Cup defeat as players fear return

CNN — Iran’s World Cup defeat to the United States was met with cheers and celebrations in Tehran and other Iranian cities on Tuesday night as protesters hailed the country’s exit from the tournament as a blow to the ruling regime. The nation was knocked out of the tournament in Qatar after their 1-0 loss … Read more

The White House is treading carefully as protests develop in China as the US seeks to mend relations with Beijing

The White House is treading carefully as protests develop in China as the US seeks to mend relations with Beijing

Washington CNN — As frustrated protesters take to the streets across China to protest the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions — sparking rare civil unrest and clashes between the public and officials — the Biden White House is choosing its words carefully and deliberately. Top US officials who have been closely following the unrest in China … Read more

Iran will face the USA in a winner-takes-all match to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup

Iran will face the USA in a winner-takes-all match to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup

CNN — After days of political tension and fiery gossip between countries, he knockout stage has arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will be enough when they face Iran in a winner-takes-all match. Whichever team wins will advance to the … Read more

Iran has threatened the families of the World Cup soccer team, according to a security source

Iran has threatened the families of the World Cup soccer team, according to a security source

CNN — The families of Iran’s World Cup soccer team have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players do not “behave” ahead of Tuesday’s game against the United States, a source involved in Games security said. After Iran’s players refused to sing the national anthem in their opening match against England on November … Read more

Portugal vs. Uruguay: Rainbow Flag Pitch Invader interrupts World Cup match

Portugal vs.  Uruguay: Rainbow Flag Pitch Invader interrupts World Cup match

CNN — The World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay was briefly interrupted on Monday by an on-field attacker waving a rainbow flag on the pitch at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. FIFA’s global television channel avoided showing the intruder on the pitch, but the individual was seen running on the pitch after the flag as … Read more

Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 FIFA World Cup after US Soccer changes Iran flag on social media

Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 FIFA World Cup after US Soccer changes Iran flag on social media

CNN — Iranian state media has called for the US to be banned from the 2022 FIFA World Cup after the US Soccer Federation changed the Iranian flag on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran. The federation temporarily displayed the Iranian national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook … Read more

Iran’s supreme leader praises paramilitary forces for crackdown on ‘rioters’

Iran’s supreme leader praises paramilitary forces for crackdown on ‘rioters’

CNN — Iran’s supreme leader praised the country’s Basij paramilitary force for their role in a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters. In a meeting with Basij personnel in Tehran on Saturday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the popular protest movement as “rioters” and “thugs” backed by foreign forces and praised the “innocent” Basij fighters for protecting … Read more

Lionel Messi helps keep Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive with a moment of magic against Mexico

Lionel Messi helps keep Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive with a moment of magic against Mexico

CNN — Another moment of magic from Lionel Messi helped save Argentina’s hopes at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. La Albiceleste they secured a much-needed win over Mexico. The 2-0 win certainly wasn’t pretty, with Argentina struggling to create many clear-cut chances against a dogged Mexico side who themselves also offered very little threat … Read more