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Arab world unites over football: Bridging divides through the World Cup in Qatar

We've seen a very different kind of fan during this World Cup in Qatar, be it for reasons of cost, travel or even politics. These changes are substantial and it's made for some dramatic changes to the ambiance and atmosphere. One of the most visible effects is perhaps what we saw after Morocco's victory over Spain: a show of immense unity in the Arab World.
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Passengers attempt to flee into Spain after pregnant woman ‘fakes labour on plane’

Nearly 30 passengers attempted to flee into Spain on Wednesday, after a plane made an emergency landing because a pregnant woman allegedly faked going into labour. The incident happened during Pegasus Airlines flight PC652 from Casablanca to Istanbul, which was reportedly transporting 228 passengers. The pregnant woman is said to have simulated labour contractions mid-air, causing the crew to decide on an emergency landing at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. Crew had called ahead to seek medical assistance and upon landing at Barcelona, there was an ambulance and three police patrols waiting on the runway. The emergency responders were ready...
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Root for your World Cup team at these watch parties in Miami

In Miami's melting pot, the World Cup is a local event.What's happening: The tournament is down to the quarterfinals, with eight nations now competing for the world soccer title. If you want to root for your team with your compatriots, here are some spots where you can catch the upcoming matches. Brazil vs. Croatia (Friday, 10am): Brazilian fans can head to the restaurant Boteco in Miami (916 NE 79th St.) to cheer on Neymar and company with drink specials, TVs and projectors. Croatia fans can visit Rakija Lounge in South Beach (1131 Collins Ave.) to enjoy traditional Balkan food...
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Paris court upholds life sentence for Thalys train attacker

PARIS, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Paris' appeal court on Thursday upheld a life sentence for an Islamist militant who in August 2015 opened fire aboard a high-speed train travelling through northern Europe but who was overpowered by three Americans before he killed anyone.
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From Qatar controversy to Moroccan momentum: Sports diplomacy at the 2022 World Cup

From its numerous controversies to its diplomatic match-ups, the World Cup in Qatar has been a gold mine for anyone interested in the intersection between sports and diplomacy. As the tournament heads into the quarter-finals, we speak to Simon Rofe from the Institute of Sports Humanities about the fierce criticism of the host country, the historic concept of the Olympic Truce and the key diplomatic moments of the tournament so far.

Totem Signs World Sales On Sundance 2023 World Dramatic Competition Title ‘Slow’

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Totem Films has signed world sales rights to Lithuanian filmmaker Marija Kavtaradze’s second feature Slow ahead of its world premiere in Sundance. The drama will be among 12 international titles being showcased in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition as the festival returns as a physical event for the first time since 2020 from January 19 to 29. The romantic drama co-stars Greta Grinevičiūtė (Runner) and Kęstutis Cicėnas (The Last Czars) as a dancer and a sign language interpreter who meet and dive into a new relationship, navigating how to build their own kind of intimacy. Slow is Kavtaradze’s second feature after Summer Survivors,...

Morocco shock Spain to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Morocco stunned Spain in a penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history on Tuesday as Achraf Hakimi struck the decisive penalty. After 120 minutes without a goal at Education City Stadium, Spain failed to score a single penalty as Moroccan...

Palestine is the biggest winner at this year’s World Cup

The biggest winners of this World Cup haven’t even had a team competing: the Palestinians. In a tournament characterised by unforeseeable developments, one of the most consistent themes has been the multipronged Palestinian solidarity that has unfolded, particularly among fans of the Arab nations. In their matches against Australia...

Watch: Mass Riots Hit Europe After Morocco’s World Cup Victory Against Spain

Following Morocco’s shock World Cup penalty shoot-out victory over the Spanish national team on Tuesday, Moroccan fans have once again rioted across multiple countries, including Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The scenes of chaos mark the third time Moroccan fans have rioted following a World Cup victory,...

Morocco at heart of football decolonization

Qatar 2022 World Cup is exceptional! No football tournament has stirred such a controversy and no football tournament has seen such a performance by an African country that relies on its national coach to hold well-ranking teams to a tough test making it to the quarter finals. Moroccans, Arabs and...