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US faces Iran today in winner-takes-all match to progress to World Cup knockout stages

CNN  —  After days of political tension and fiery off-pitch jibes between the countries, the knockout stage has already arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will suffice when it takes on Iran in a winner-takes-all …

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Qatar World Cup chief says between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died in projects connected to the tournament

CNN  —  World Cup chief Hassan Al-Thawadi said that between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died as a result of work done on projects connected to the tournament – a greater figure than Qatari officials have cited previously. In an interview with Piers Morgan which aired on TalkTV on …

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US Soccer’s attempt to highlight the struggles of women protesters inside the Islamic Republic may have backfired

CNN  —  When US and Iranian players take the pitch for their critical World Cup clash on Tuesday, they’ll be jogging onto a bed of hot geopolitical coals. The game, which the US must win to get to the knockout phase of the tournament, will take place in the middle …

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Iran threatened families of its national soccer team, source says

CNN  —  The families of Iran’s World Cup soccer team have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players fail to “behave” ahead of the match against the USA on Tuesday, a source involved in the security of the games said. Following the refusal of Iranian players to sing …

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A match like no other: When the US played Iran at 1998 World Cup

CNN  —  “I remember it like it was yesterday,” says Steve Sampson, his face breaking into a smile before spending his Friday morning reminiscing about what has frequently been described as the most politically charged match in World Cup history. Sampson has just retired as the coach of California Polytechnic …

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Mauna Loa erupts, prompts ashfall advisory for Hawaii’s Big Island

CNN  —  The world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years, sparking an ashfall advisory Monday for Hawaii’s Big Island and surrounding waters until 10 a.m. HT (3 p.m. ET). The eruption in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not threatening downhill communities …

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Protesters in China turn on Xi Jinping as public fury grows

Beijing CNN  —  From Shanghai to Beijing, protests have erupted across China in a rare show of dissent against the ruling Communist Party sparked by anger over the country’s increasingly costly zero-Covid policy. As numbers swelled at demonstrations in multiple major cities over the weekend, so too have the range …

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Thousands defy Chinese authorities, demanding to be freed from incessant Covid lockdowns, strict censorship and the Communist Party’s tightening grip

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. CNN  —  For the first time in decades, thousands of people have defied Chinese authorities to …

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Sen. Chris Murphy doesn’t think Democrats have 60 votes for assault weapons ban

CNN  —  Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said Senate Democrats don’t have the 60 votes needed to advance an assault weapons ban bill but expressed optimism on CNN’s “State of the Union” that something could get done in the next Congress if Democrats keep their seat in Georgia. “I’m …

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