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Portugal advance despite missed penalty

RUSSIA: Portugal has advanced to the World Cup round of 16 behind Spain from Group B. Ricardo Quaresma's stunning strike on the stroke of halftime was canceled out by a dramatic stoppage-time penalty by Iran's Karim Ansarifard in this morning's 1-1 draw. Portugal finished tied on five points with Spain, who drew 2-2 against Morocco to top the group by scoring more goals and set up a second-round clash with Group A toppers Uruguay in Sochi. Making his World Cup debut at the age of 34, Quaresma played a one-two with…

Syrians flee government advances in eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT: Hundreds of people are fleeing advances by Syrian government forces in eastern Ghouta, a war monitor and a resident said on Sunday, as Damascus presses an offensive to crush the last major rebel stronghold near the capital. Government forces are thrusting into the besieged rebel enclave from its eastern edge in an apparent bid to split it in two - a pattern of attack used repeatedly by Damascus and its allies in the war entering its eighth year. Orient TV, which supports the opposition to President Bashar…