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Iranian women enjoying their first sporting experience as fans gear up for Iran-Spain

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:27 PM

Iranian woman enjoying live sport for the first time (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

Iran and Spain supporters blew trumpets and banged drums in Kazan’s streets on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their teams’ Group B game.

Some Iranian women who travelled to Russia to support their national team experienced watching a game in a stadium for the first time when Iran beat Morocco on Friday.

They were looking forward to cheer for their team again at the Kazan Arena.

The Islamic republic has barred women from attending male soccer matches and other sports fixtures partly to protect them from hearing fans swear.

But that is about to change as Tehran’s Azadi Stadium will admit women to watch Iran take on Spain live on a big screen.

Spanish supporters who could be seen chanting side by side with Iranian supporters were confident of their team’s victory but still enjoyed the good spirit of their interactions with the opposing supporters.

One La Roja supporter from Peru was encouraged to see steps being made to allow more women to enjoy the world cup experience.

The 2010 champions head into the second match at Kazan Arena eager for a win under new coach Fernando Hierro, having been held to a 3-3 draw by Iberian rivals Portugal. — Reuters

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Thousands of striking taxi drivers protest in central Madrid

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:19 AM

Thousands of protesters at Sol Square in Madrid, Spain seen from top shot on January 28, 2019 | Reuters

Thousands of Madrid taxi drivers staged a protest on Monday (January 28) at Sol Square in central Madrid against the online ride-hailing sector, including companies like Uber and Cabify which they say ignore regulations and pose unfair competition.

The protest joined by taxi drivers from across Spain and Portugal ended a day of demonstrations that started with the blockage of Madrid’s most iconic avenue earlier in the day.

Spain’s government agreed to pass new regulations in September guaranteeing a cap on licences for Uber and similar services at a ratio of just one permit for every 30 taxi permits.

The regulation also permitted Spanish regions to adopt their own restrictions on the services as they see fit.

But taxi workers demand further restrictions such a law that would force customers of ride-hailing services to order transport an hour beforehand.

Taxi drivers have been on strike since Monday (January 21). — Reuters

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Aerials of Toddler rescue efforts in Spain

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:04 AM


Aerial shot of rescue operation in Totalan, Spain on January 21, 2019 | Reuters

 Local police released aerial footage of rescue efforts on Monday (January 21) to reach a two-year-old boy who fell into a borehole in southern Spain more than a week ago.

The toddler, Julen, fell down the shaft as his family walked through a private estate in Totalan, Malaga on Jan. 13. There have been no signs of life since.

Miners have been drilling day and night to create a parallel shaft, hoping they will be able to cut across by Tuesday to find the child.

Rescuers found that the borehole – 100 metres (300 feet) deep and just 25 cm (10 inches) wide – was blocked with earth, raising fears that soil had collapsed onto the child.

Spanish miners and engineers have been joined by workers from a Swedish firm who helped locate 33 Chilean miners rescued after 69 days underground more than seven years ago. — Reuters

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Iraq seeks exemption from U.S. sanctions on Iran, PM says

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:41 AM

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi | Iraqi Parliament Office/Handout via REUTERS

Iraq will send a delegation to the United States seeking an exemption from sanctions against Iran that would allow it to keep importing Iranian gas, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday (December 12).

Washington gave Iraq a 45-day waiver for imports of gas from Iran when it reimposed sanctions on Iran‘s oil sector on Nov. 5. Iraqi officials have said they need around two years to find an alternative source.

Washington is seeking to roll back Iranian influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq, where Iran holds broad sway over politics and trade.

Abdul Mahdi, who assumed office in October after six months of political uncertainty following an inconclusive election, on Tuesday met U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Baghdad.

Abdul Mahdi’s office said Perry was in Baghdad with a delegation of over 50 business people. — Reuters

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