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World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran’s largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran’s agonising World Cup elimination. Cheering and with their cheeks painted with the national colours, women showed they were just as caught up in the World Cup fever sweeping the country as they seized the opportunity to attend a live screening at the 100,000 capacity Azadi (Freedom) Stadium, which, like other sports arenas, has been…

Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

LONDON: The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by state media in a letter to counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal after a U.S. exit. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out last month from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers that lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program. The remaining signatories of the deal - France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China - still see…

Saudi Arabia stands tough as top Gulf diplomats in US for Qatar talks

WASHINGTON: Top Gulf diplomats were in Washington Tuesday as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to help resolve the stubborn Qatar crisis, amid concerns that Saudi Arabia's unyielding stance could foil the effort. With a one-week Saudi deadline looming for Qatar to meet its demands, Tillerson had talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. He quickly followed that with a meeting with Kuwait Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah, whose country has…

Army stands with victims of terrorism, fire on occasion of Eid: COAS

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday said Pakistan Army stood shoulder to shoulder with victims of terrorism and fire incident on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. At least 138 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an oil tanker overturned due to ‘over speeding’ on National Highway near Ahmedpur Sharqia, Bahawalpur on Sunday morning. The media wing of military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the Army chief shares grief of bereaved fellow Pakistanis on Eid. Shawwal…

PM Trudeau says Canada stands with Muslims

QUEBEC CITY: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Quebec mosque that all of Canada stands with its Muslim minority population. "Last night's horrible crime against the Muslim community was an act of terror committed against Canada and against all Canadians," Trudeau said in the House of Commons. To the one million Canadians who profess the Muslim faith, he said "36 million hearts are breaking with yours," alluding to the country's population. "We will grieve with you, we will…