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Chess player quits Iran competition over headscarf rule

When sport and religion clash, which side should give way? That was the question Indian national chess player Soumya Swaminathan had to answer when she was asked to represent her country at a tournament in Iran. The 29-year-old Woman Grandmaster was told she would have to wear a headscarf to take part. But she decided […]

Italy migrant row: Malta defiant over stranded rescue boat

Italy migrant row: Malta defiant over stranded rescue boat

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Around 230 migrants were rescued by German ship Lifeline on Thursday Italy has no right to ask Malta to accept the stranded migrant rescue ship Lifeline, according to Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that Malta should take in the 226 migrants and arrest the […]

Trump says North Korea still ‘extraordinary threat’

Trump says North Korea still ‘extraordinary threat’

Media captionWhy do North Koreans revere a mountain? US President Donald Trump has renewed sanctions on North Korea, citing an “extraordinary threat” from its nuclear weapons – just 10 days after saying there was no risk from Pyongyang. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” he tweeted on 13 June, a day […]

Iraq 'kills 45 IS leaders' in eastern Syria strike

Iraq 'kills 45 IS leaders' in eastern Syria strike

Iraq says it has killed 45 Islamic State (IS) group militants, among them some senior leaders, in an air strike in eastern Syria. The strike targeted three houses connected by a trench where IS leaders were meeting in the town of Hajin. The Euphrates valley area is one of the last parts of Syria under […]

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Mnangagwa (centre) was campaigning ahead of elections next month Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack in the city of Bulawayo. Footage from the blast at White City Stadium appears to show Mr Mnangagwa leaving the stage after addressing supporters when a device went off. He […]

Lukaku & Hazard put Belgium on verge of last 16

Media playback is not supported on this device Lukaku scores Belgium’s second against Tunisia Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium strengthened their lead above England at the top of Group G by crushing Tunisia with a devastating attacking display. While Roberto Martinez’s side are not through to the last 16 yet, […]

World Cup 2018: Belgium v Tunisia – rate the players

World Cup 2018: Belgium v Tunisia – rate the players

Follow live coverage of Belgium v Tunisia here helpHow to play Rate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after the final whistle. Belgium Squad number1Player nameCourtois Average rating 5.89 Squad number2Player nameAlderweireld Average rating 5.99 Squad number20Player nameBoyata Average rating 5.83 Squad number5Player nameVertonghen Average rating […]

Why England stand out, the key to African success – and life without a ponytail

Why England stand out, the key to African success – and life without a ponytail

As well as people asking me what has happened to my hair, the question I have been getting most while I have been at this World Cup is what has happened to the African teams. Let me clear up my haircut first. It is something I had done about seven months ago, but I guess […]

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Alli back in England training but likely to miss Panama

Alli back in England training but likely to miss Panama

Dele Alli suffered a thigh injury against Tunisia in England’s World Cup opener BBC coverage How to follow: Watch live on BBC One from 14:10 BST; listen on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on the BBC Sport website Midfielder Dele Alli returned to training with England, but is likely to miss Sunday’s World Cup […]