Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

U.S. Special Envoy Congratulates Iran On World Cup Qualifying Victory

In a rare message, the U.S. special envoy on Iran has congratulated the Islamic Republic’s national soccer team on making it to this year's World Cup in Qatar.

"Congrats to #teammelli on qualifying for the #WorldCup2022. It's good to see women were allowed to attend the match," Robert Malley wrote on Twitter , using the Iranian team's nickname.

Iran became the first team from Asia to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals with a 1-0 victory over Iraq in a match that took place in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on January 27.

Iranian women were allowed into the stadium for the first time in almost three years to watch the victory, which marked the sixth time in the nation’s history that Iran earned a spot at the World Cup.

Despite the spread of the aggressive omicron variant of the coronavirus in Iran, the authorities approved the presence of some 10,000 spectators – including more than 2,000 women -- in the 100,000-seat stadium.

Football’s world governing body FIFA had long demanded that Iran provide assurances that women will be allowed to attend 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Iranian women have been largely prohibited from attending men's sporting events since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

In 2019, for the first time in decades, hundreds of women were allowed to watch -- from separate stands -- Persepolis play the Kashima Antlers of Japan in the Asian Champions League final in Tehran.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

Останні новини
Hryvnia rate to stabilize in next 10 days - expert

Hryvnia rate to stabilize in next 10 days - expert

Normalization of the cash exchange rate after the National Bank removed rate caps is expected within 10 days. In the near future, the hryvnia rate will be at UAH 34-36 to the U.S. dollar.

UkrInform

Ukraine war: Civilians struggle for survival in besieged Severodonetsk.

Ukraine war: Civilians struggle for survival in besieged Severodonetsk.

Sky's Alex Crawford reports from Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, the one remaining pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the war-zone which is Luhansk. There are estimated to be a few thousand civilians left in the city - many of whom have stayed to...

2 33

Pres. Biden welcomes Finland and Sweden leaders to the White House in support of their bid to joi…

Pres. Biden welcomes Finland and Sweden leaders to the White House in support of their bid to joi…

President Biden announced he's throwing his full support behind accepting Sweden and Finland into NATO. Mr. Biden welcomed his Swedish and Finnish counterparts to the White House on Wednesday, where they discussed the nations' NATO applications an...

House to vote on bills addressing domestic terrorism, baby formula shortage.

House to vote on bills addressing domestic terrorism, baby formula shortage.

The U.S. House is set to vote on bills aimed at tackling the nationwide baby formula shortage, and addressing domestic terrorism in the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo. CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane joins CBS News' Ela...

1

U.S. stocks plunge as major retailers show poor results

U.S. stocks plunge as major retailers show poor results

Stocks plummeted on Wall Street after disappointing quarterly results from the nation's largest retailers. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe has the latest. Then, Akane Otani, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal...

Pediatric nurse uses healing power of music to bring kids joy.

Pediatric nurse uses healing power of music to bring kids joy.

Manny Remilus was in and out of the hospital as a kid. Now that he's a nurse, he wants to make hospital stays easier for children. So, he sings to them – and has even taken the healing power of music to a big stage. #News #GoodNews #TheUplift CBS ...

The Inside Story-Ukraine: Food, Fuel & Photo-Ops

The Inside Story-Ukraine: Food, Fuel & Photo-Ops

On The Inside Story, meet Ukraine's wheat farmers dodging Russian fire to keep the world fed. Are economic sanctions biting Russia's energy sector? Why are top-level Americans visiting Kyiv? And meet fighters from Belarus ready to battle Russia on...